"You've heard me say, 'Keelah sel'ai'? The best translation I can come up with is, 'By the homeworld I hope to see someday'." -Tali'Zorah vas Normandy
Choosing to create fanart of a character with about a billion swirling patterns on her outfit... not one of my saner decisions. But I promised a Tali painting next, so here she is.
This was a great piece to practice on. I found Rannoch to be an incredibly beautiful place, and knew I had to paint her here.
As to her being unmasked, well... I based her look off of what you can see behind her faceplate, as well as off of the two official quarian teasers we've gotten from Bioware (the photo for a romanced male Shep, and the still from the EC), while still making her look a little less human. I imagine quarians look roughly as human as drell do - mostly, but with distinct differences. I did not base her look on any fan-made renditions of how quarians look - in fact, while I was working on this piece, I deliberately avoided quarian fanart so I could render her my own way. Very fun indeed!
I've also made this image into a wallpaper - head to this page
and scroll down to the 'Non-Eldlor Wallpapers' section.
Tali'Zorah and Mass Effect belong to the fine folk at Bioware.
You can see her in more detail by downloading the full image, if you'd like. Additionally, here are some screenshots I took as I was creating this painting:
More of my Bioware fanart: