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Mass Effect: Tali'Zorah by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Tali'Zorah by Nightlyre
8.5" x 11" prints available from our store!

"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!

Keelah sel'ai!

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:

Mass Effect: Tali'Zorah Painting Process by Nightlyre

More of my Bioware fanart:

Mass Effect: Garrus by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Anders by Nightlyre Dragon Age: Archdemon by Nightlyre

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:iconkillemnija:
Killemnija Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
It is better than the BioWare face of Tali.
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HARDGRAVE87 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
An excellent Tali picture well done.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsipioc:
Sipioc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I could of handled seeing Tali's face just once, on Raanoch.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hear you. This is how that scene happens in my head now, anyway. I just ignore the screen for a bit. :)
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Sipioc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
There a you tube vid that has. This in mind, check it out youtu.be/CLWuJRBPONY
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5liss Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! The Landskape is so relaxing and Tali is gorgeous! <3 nice work!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:icontscsupremecommander:
TSCSupremeCommander Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You, sir, are a grand example of excellence in the art world!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much obliged! Though I'm a sir of the more female persuasion. ;)
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:icontscsupremecommander:
TSCSupremeCommander Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry about that, ma'm. I feel pretty pretty stupid right now... Oh well. Again, continue the artistic genius!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not to worry! I'm the poster child for tomboy-ness anyway. :D
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:iconspyke1985:
Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW this is gorgeous! Beautiful work!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm pleased that Techno Turian approves. :D
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:iconspyke1985:
Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
YURS he approves greatly :D
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:iconbreken:
Breken Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Wow just amazing work, Thank you for this.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome - I'm glad you like her!
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matetrix112 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Now that's what they should have shown in the game <.< BioWare just trolled us!
Gorgeous picture <3
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, this is just what I see in my head during that scene now anyway. BioWare cannot stop the power of my (slightly crazy) imagination! :mwahaha:
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matetrix112 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Nothing beats the power of the fans!
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SpittinLead308 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply amazing! I especially love how you created her face. It just angers me how Bioware simply photoshopped a picture of some other girl to look like Tali and then told you it's her. You actually took the time to shape and create her own face. Sir, I salute you.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a hard time thinking that Bioware honestly thought the fans were going to be okay with that, especially as they had a PERFECT opportunity on Rannoch to have her turn toward the camera. If they were smart, they'd secretly change that scene in a patch and let players discover it for themselves. Ah, well... I can hope! And that's Mrs. Sir to you. :)
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SpittinLead308 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's actually a pretty cool idea! ^_^
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:iconkennyvonk:
kennyvonk Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
One of my favorite Mass Effect fan arts. Exquisite work.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconarttraveller77:
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, good depiction of her face. Quite pretty.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again! :)
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:iconarttraveller77:
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome.
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:iconmanlion:
ManLion Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
This why I romance Tali. She's just so beautiful, in body and soul
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! She's the only one for my m!Shep.
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:iconmanlion:
ManLion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
same here
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:iconmkrukowski:
mkrukowski Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Good job!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconemperorike:
EmperorIke Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I know I've seen this before, here. What I don't know is how I managed to not hit Fave on it D:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw :D Thanks!
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009-863beta Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Amazing!! If BioWare was having trouble making a facial model that looked good, they should have just hired you.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconnickolieshepard:
NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
THIS IS AWESOME
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mothbanquet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Absolutely perfect. This is far better than what BioWare did.
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:icon2kinds:
2kinds Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, you put more effort into her face then BioWare did.
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Koyote042 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love this picture. As it is I had to be nitpicky to find fault with it. Great job! I am gonna kidnap this for my desktop.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you need a different desktop size than what I have available, let me know. :D
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MadCat221 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
2048x1152?
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's quite a monitor! But sure, I can do that. Here you go: [link] :)
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MadCat221 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
All other monitors are TINY BABEH MONITORS! :iconheavyplz:
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:iconkoyote042:
Koyote042 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
1400x900 if possible? I run me a MacBook Pro, and thats the default size. :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, I didn't know that! For some reason, I thought they were the 1440x900 resolution. There's a 1400x900 version up now. I'll add it to the other wallpapers eventually too. :)
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Koyote042 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
My bad, you are correct. its 1440x900. I am an idiot. lol
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, no worries. :D
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