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Embrace My Eternity by Striped-Stocking Embrace My Eternity by Striped-Stocking
Shep and Liara..need I say more :D?

:iconfolksneedheroes: helped me out a great deal with this one, not only did she spark the idea in my head, but also did the inking :meow:. Big thank you to her :hug: So, sketch by me, inks by :iconfolksneedheroes: and colors by me again :D.

The characters and Mass Effect are, of course, owned by BioWare.

Don't copy, steal, trace, or use without permission, I'm serious guys, not cool!!

Edit: I was forced to put a watermark on this, just to hopefully prevent further incidents of art theft. And I hate watermarks!! D:
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To me, Liara is the best romance option for a female Shepard. I've played most, watched the rest. On my second playthrough of the Mass Effect trilogy, I decided to play as a FemShep, and I romanced Liara in all three games. I enjoy playing as female characters in video games more than male, it's more interesting that way to me. I'm a big human right's advocate, especially in regard to women and the LGBT community. I don't view women as sex objects, as some people do. They're just as, if not more capable than men.

But listen to me ramble on! I have art to critique. I decided I needed a preface for what my views of FemShep and her relationship with Liara.

This piece wonderfully captures the love that Shepard and Liara have for eachother. It's steamy, but tasteful. I love your vision, it's brilliantly done. I docked stars for originality, because well let's face it, it's not original per se. However, just because it isn't the most original thing ever, that doesn't mean it isn't good. I docked half a star from technique, because it feels like it could be done a little better in areas.

Most notable however was impact. I smiled when I saw this in my inbox. See, the truth is I'm a romantic, a total sap. Which straight men aren't supposed to be, but I really don't care what other people think. I find love to be beautiful, and I cried at the end of the new Extended Cut version of Mass Effect 3, because there is this big heart filled moment between Shepard and her/his love interest. And the only time I've played the new ending, was with my second Shepard that I mentioned earlier.

Brilliant job overall.
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Being a tough-ass woman myself i truly can appreciate how it feels to have to be responsible for so much and just want someone to let go of all that with, even if just for a few moments now and again. In this picture you have perfectly captured the incredibly tasteful let go and give in to the only emotion more powerful than fight or flight, and that is love. It really is a very well done piece. It conveys want in so many ways: Liara's want to be with Shepard, Shepard's want to just feel trusted, believed, and loved. It a tender moment gone a bit steamy, but not in a pornographic way. Bravo.

Onto the art itself: its incredibly well done, the way the sheet drapes and wrinkles around Liara and Shep, the outline of Liara's bum and thigh under that sheet are damn near perfect anatomically although hidden, and the way they were positioned gives us this little hint of exactly how steamy this moment is becoming, as Liara is shirtless and i'm sure our commander will be as well in no time. The lines are soft and the colors perfect: Liara is the correct blue, with juuust the right amount of purple in her cheeks and nose (as she is flushed from the heat of the moment. Shep's N7 logo is perfectly faded for a well loved comfy sleep t-shirt.

Overall: Wicked Awesome piece of art, sexy and tasteful, truly this picture speaks a thousand words of relief, of want, of thanks, and most of all, of love.
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reijisakamoto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
LOVE it!!!!!:love:
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Striped-Stocking Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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reijisakamoto Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
You very welcome!:D
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Krehlmar Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Aww that's actually adorable, very sensual without being sexual. Romantic even. 
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Striped-Stocking Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :).
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GoldFlareon Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
This is absolutely stunning...really, really wonderful. I love the poses and the style. ^^ Very awesome. c: Well done.
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Striped-Stocking Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :).
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GoldFlareon Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
No worries. x)
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congokong Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
This art is just amazing. It's purely romantic; not pornographic which I don't like to see. This expresses their surrender to love amidst all the chaos that otherwise consumes their lives. And I like how Liara takes the initiative here. All other times Liara is submissive and reserved while Shepard has to be the opposite as a commander, spectre, and savior of the galaxy. But here the roles are reversed because of the bond they share.

There's something special about their relationship to me. Since ME1 Liara has intrigued me and I've never been able to turn her down or romance anyone else. It just feels "right." I think Liara is the most worthy of Shepard's love. She offers everything to Shepard; her friendship, her trust, her respect, her assistance, her empathy, her sympathy, her praise, her own welfare in trying to protect Shepard's corpse, and her love if Shepard wants it. She even is willing to wait for Shepard if Shepard finds someone else because she feels Shepard deserves to be happy. What other ME character does that?

While most of the crew at some point recite the "it's an honor serving with you" line, Liara's respect and concern comes from the heart.

"We may not say it so plainly but we're proud to be here, Shepard. And proud of you."
"Thank you for everything." (she says this up to 4 times)
"I hope the galaxy proves itself worthy of the effort you're putting into saving it."
"We finally have other leaders on our side but none will take us as far as you can."
"You succeed at odds most would never even take on. It's no wonder everyone wants you on their side. But I know it wears on you."
"You're alive again. I've got everything I want."
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Syphira Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
P.S. Can I use this picture at the top of my fan fiction I just posted on here? It's a one-shot I wrote, and I actually got the inspiration from your amazing art!
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