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Mass Effect: Garrus by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Garrus by Nightlyre
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!

Since I did so for Anders, I decided to make this into a desktop background in case anyone wants it. You can find it on our website - just scroll down to the section labeled "Non-Eldlor Wallpapers".

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:



Edit: After a few days, I wasn't quite happy with how his face turned out, so I made some adjustments. If anyone is interested in seeing a before-and-after, let me know, otherwise I'm much happier now. :)

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evanpgriggs Mar 31, 2014  New member 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 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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Nightlyre Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta love him! :) Thank you!
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Blackheartedlady222 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 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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Nightlyre 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:
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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Nightlyre May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! He is a tricky one.
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Spyke1985 Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous turian heart-throb is gorgeous! :D Nicely done ^_^
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Nightlyre 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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