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After rather recently flying through all three games in the Mass Effect series, the urge to do fanart became a bit too strong. And, well, after the Extended Cut, I figured I owed Bioware something more than just a "thank you."

So I painted Garrus. Why Garrus? ...c'mon, if you have to ask that, you haven't met him. :D

I seriously need to paint more often. This was more fun than I can even describe, but I do need the practice! Fanart makes for fun practice, though. Especially when it involves a few dozen sketches trying to get turian physiology right...

The original sketch was done on paper, but everything else was in Photoshop CS2. I wasn't keeping track, but I'd estimate this took about 15 hours, including my inevitable "staring and tweaking" phase. That's actually pretty quick for me, given how long the Anders painting took!

And of course, Garrus Vakarian and Mass Effect belong to BioWare. I would also like to thank Troodon80 for the amazing high-resolution reference images he's made available; they were invaluable in detailing Garrus' armor!

More of my BioWare fanart:

Mass Effect: Tali'Zorah by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Anders by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Archdemon by Nightlyre

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Sihayo Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist
I love it! Very nice job on Garrus! He looks awsome and hansome!
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evanpgriggs Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those 15 hours... Totally worth every second. The shine of the armor is done to absolute perfection, and the turian physiology: spot on.
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MidnightPrime Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing. Love garrus. He's such a bad boy turian but a total sweetheart. ^^. The details is just perfect. Excellent work.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta love him! :) Thank you!
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NeycuuRose1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
garrus is a sweet turian.....when you make love with him [ and i dont know how shepard does that] but...he cares for female shepard so much it touches my soul.....
thane is nice and garrus is sweet, there both my sugar plums <3
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CaptBuck98 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Garrus, if I were a woman, I'd give you my panties :squee:  Wait, isn't that what you girls do?? Anyone....crap, wheres a shotgun when you need it :p

This is fabulous. Awesome texture and the way you did the scar, matches so well. Pretty sure this is one of the best Garrus paintings I've seen here on DA all these years.

Love it :love:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As it's Garrus, I think he might be more impressed by guns than by panties anyway. :D And thank you very much!
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:iconkath-mandu:
kath-mandu Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Very nice and clean pic of Garrus! Definitely one of my favorites from what I've currently seen on DA - you've just totally nailed his face and expression, which I know can be difficult. Great job as always! :clap:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! He is a tricky one.
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous turian heart-throb is gorgeous! :D Nicely done ^_^
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you again! And just wait, I've got something else in the works involving our badass turian friend... something big. :mwahaha:
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME! Oh, and watched, btw :D :heart:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks!
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very welcome :D
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:iconaureyll:
aureyll Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Wow! This picture is just amazing.
I guess my desktop gets changed.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Garrus belongs on all the desktops. :nod:
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:iconarttraveller77:
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice pic, Garrus looks great.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconarttraveller77:
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Sketchy-raptor Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Holy wow. You do digital painting amazingly. Love the refelction, nad how you've brought out the details on Garrus' face.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! He makes for a great subject to paint.
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Hazel-Dark Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Your rendition of Garrus is spot on! I love everything about it from the reflection in the window, with the stars in the background, to the fine details in his skin and armor. You did a wonderful job. Haha, n I totally love that comment, "Why Garrus? ...c'mon, if you have to ask that, you haven't met him." I love that whole series, even if its bitter-sweet. This pic just makes me wan to play the game all over again. (like I wasn't going to anyway ;p)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like how he turned out. :D
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:iconangryturian:
AngryTurian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Great character, great game, amazing picture. This is awesome!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad I did him some justice. :D
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EMOPIGU101 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
yeaaaay~<3 c: garrus hun I miss you~ <3
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe :D
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:iconatlantisorca:
AtlantisOrca Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible. Love the details of his skin the armor and the reflection in the window. So much detail it's amazing!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you noticed the reflection. :D
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:iconkoyote042:
Koyote042 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
From a distance, it looks like a screenshot from the game. Really great job!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I tried to get as close as I could to the quality of the in-game graphics. :)
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:iconbaton-555:
Baton-555 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   Artist
Wow! Garru looks like a real turian!
(i see it, i know it!)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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dunnuck Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is Jordan Dunnuck, and this is the best damn drawing on the internet.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Whew... that's pretty high praise. Of course, Shepard could just say that to all of the vendors... :iconiseewhatyoudidthere:
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willow-fire Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is gorgeous. And it's my favourite npc!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Definitely mine too. :)
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:iconerikngn:
erikngn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Perfectly done!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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xXjeezuzXx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
The reflection in the glass is absolutely perfect. Seriously, what a gorgeous picture!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondreamholde:
dreamholde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful details! I love the texture on the metal and the reflection on the window!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlolagotit:
lolagotit Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Excellent portrait work on a complex character. Beautifully detailed.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnatasharazi:
NatashaRazi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I LOVE this one! :D And you even caught his reflection in the mirror. Brilliant!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The reflection was actually kind of a last minute addition. It just felt like something was missing!
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NatashaRazi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LIke i said brilliant! :)
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Courtee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist
I recently powered through the entire Mass Effect series too, and I understand the oh so familiar urge to draw lots and lots of fanarts! :la: I love Garrus so much, this is a wonderful rendition of him :love:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like how he turned out! Heh, I've done two fanarts now and still don't feel like stopping... kind of scary, actually. I think I got a little hooked on these games. :D
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