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Mass Effect 3 - Shepard by patryk-garrett Mass Effect 3 - Shepard by patryk-garrett
Personal art of Mass Effect.
The second picture featuring Shepard

The very goal behind this was to depict Shepard as a leader. To capture him in a moment of decision (so important for ME games) or inside struggle with the consequences of his actions. The empty gaze and dark gloomy room are to emphasize the emotional aspect of it. The blood and wounds are to show that he has been through battles and skirmishes (2nd important thing in ME games). All in all, the whole piece is less effective in terms of action, but leaves the viewer with something to ponder on.

Just like in the previous arts this was made to look like an offical artwork (just think of of as if it was an actual cover for the game box, artbook or poster. You can even check and see that this image would fit perfectly for Mass Effect section on BioWare site :)).

No photo tracing, overpainting or 3d models were used here. I only went for a reference for hands position (not for the details), and ME2 screenshots. Lots of details stayed in the dark while others were heavily exposed, this is because I wanted to keep it in high contrast and "atmoshperic". Have to say that I had a lot of fun creating this picture, and I learnt alot, especially with lighting the skin which is hit by an artificial light. The original size is A4 with 300dpi. This is the fan and"skills-showing" portfolio art, so no copyright infringement was intended.
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SajjadHF Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
andresiinho Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
just beautiful. It shows how Mass Effect leaves the player after important choices and how emotionally affected a player can get after doing the wrong choice and just realizing it when it's too late. (personal experience)
MorganaTrevelyan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
still waiting for Femshep version Wink/Razz :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) 
VixenandIndigo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You've achieved something beautiful here
xshananiganx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
moving piece
Gacktdirge17 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Shepard's human side 
1bestdealever1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
this image is a PERFECT representation of what he was going through. imagine having all galaxy's lives in your hands. can you save them? or loose them all?
Shadow12177 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved these games so much but the ending was BLAH!? Besides the point. This piece of work really captured the somber mood and dark atmosphere to the realities if this game. This is truly awesome!
Shellsock Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
This guy looks like he's asking himself if it was worth it
halkeye20 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
these scars represent the prices i had to pay, for all the evil things i had to do. to save the galaxy from extinction.
Rudi52525 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
depressed renegade shepard.
Lanca226 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
This guy made some dark choices.
AI09CZ Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're arts are astonishing and awesome bro,keep up the good work...
this one is my favorite...
WitcherXIII Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Canadian-Lunatic Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
The markings on his face remind me of one of Tom Hanks characters in the Cloud Atlas movie. Just look at the cover of it.
Sas-Star Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Rewelacja mój faworyt szkoda ze nie wersji żeńskiej :D Może by dało rade coś wykombinować? 
scarreach Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
A lot of emotion, damn awesome.
VakarianGirl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Congratulations on another stunning piece. I can ony dream of having your talent, my friend. The mood, thoughtfulness and ambivalence in this image are all very tangible!
Senram Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Another spectacular piece. :)
Meemoo1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
i want this as a print :( if you ever decide let me know.
simmons1101 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really focuses on Shep's humanity and the weight he has to carry....a classic piece.
FredThePhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So completely sick!

Renegade all the way!
Envole-Air Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am simply amazed by your work on Mass Effect characters, it's incredible . Blown away.
Maelstromfury Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Your illustrations are awesome!
DanielB1988 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the game, and this is an awsome pic!
dragonlover28 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
really nice
CherokeeEyes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The emotion in the picture is unbelievable. You captured the great Commander Shepard in a very human moment, which a lot of people have seemed to forgotten that he still is, very much, human. WONDERFUL job!
GuardiaPontifica Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The solemness of the situation is almost, if not palpable. Shepard has gone through so much death, so much pain and sadness, so much guilt over the ones he thought he failed to save...this picture-no, masterpiece...really does strike home. To see him in a moment of very emotional--and very human--proportions, it really emphasizes the fact Bioware did their fans proud by being able to create such believable characters with a deep story line. Just...just great job, man.
Pkmn2Legacy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I LOVE the contrast between the "renegade scars" and the looks of regret, struggle and sadness over having done what needed to be done.
ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
sjdebdaly Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brilliant :) never tried having a renegade shepard - i'm too nice lol
N7-KGG-MASSEFFECT Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
WOW! just.... Amazing!
amber-lady Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Zasadniczo WOW. Ale seriously: WOW.

Pośród rozmaitych fanartów ten zrobił na mnie wrażenie tą szczególną głębią "momentu" - w całej grze (póki co mam prawie ukończone 2 części), pośród tylu bardzo dobrze przecież ukazanych emocji brakuje właśnie tej "ludzkiej" twarzy Shepard(a). Tutaj to jest widoczne od pierwszego rzutu oka.
screwinon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Poor Shepard, he must have seen the ending. :(
REiO-LoV3 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so beautiful! love it! =]
SzoSzu669 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
polak jak zwykle robi masakre,dobra robota,uwielbiam renegade sheparda ;)
SofiaAuditore13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Pressure6666 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This is so amazing!..Mind if i use this to do a boxart for the game? Full credit will be given!
Regards and keep up the amazing work!
Quackjack Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Xionice Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite picture of Shepard on Deviantart.
Specnaz-Kersov Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
like the old ME opening saying "many choices lie ahead..... none of them easy"
MiniDevo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it. A FemShep version would be epic as well!
soriso Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
wow, co ja bym dała za taki art z femshep. uwielbiam wszystkie twoje prace, są niesamowite!
Bantirat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saffyheart Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
hahaha make those scar blue and bam. Human version of indoctrinated saren.
CommanderShepardsPoo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Lovely angle.
DarkAssassin069 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
just..... AWESOME!!

I do really LOVE your art!!
greenday2099 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Awesome art, really reflects the tone of the game.
baddewil Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
kitsune2008 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
You know what I think would be cool? If you made a mirror image of this except with Paragon Shepard and put the two together, so that it seems like Shepard is sitting in front of a mirror and makes people wonder which is the real Shepard and which is the illusion.
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