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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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Killemnija Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
It is better than the BioWare face of Tali.
HARDGRAVE87 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
An excellent Tali picture well done.
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Sipioc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I could of handled seeing Tali's face just once, on Raanoch.
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. :)
Sipioc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
There a you tube vid that has. This in mind, check it out
5liss Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! The Landskape is so relaxing and Tali is gorgeous! <3 nice work!
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
TSCSupremeCommander Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You, sir, are a grand example of excellence in the art world!
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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