helped me out a great deal with this one, not only did she spark the idea in my head, but also did the inking . Big thank you to her So, sketch by me, inks by and colors by me again .
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:
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.
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.
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."
First, I have to start by saying I disagree with another comment on here that said it looks like a normal couple that looks like they don't have to worry about the reapers, etc. I disagree with the sentiment because I think the emotion you conveyed in this really captured all of their worries and troubles, but they surrendered to each other in the moment. And that is a beautiful thing.
Another beautifully poignant aspect of this piece is the juxtaposition between the two of them. Shepard is normally the one in complete control, always in a position of power, etc., but what makes the piece lovely and unique is that she is giving herself willingly to Liara. I actually think this is what their relationship would be like. It seems like a woman who has to be in complete control of every little thing in her life would want freedom with the one person she unconditionally loves and trusts. It takes the true beauty of their relationship to a whole new level. And you achieved that level. This is simply put: an incredibly beautiful piece of art. It captures such beautiful emotion. Filled with a longing, a need. I could go on but it just occurred to me that this review is getting wordy lol. So I'll finish by saying, very well done.
I'm not sure I can put into words WHY I like this picture. But I really do. Not too sexual, but you still see enough to be happy. And It's a good way to represent Shepard and Liara's relationship.
I just don't know... but fuck it, it's a damn good picture. Kudos, my friend.