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Kaidan and Shepard commission by AndrewRyanArt Kaidan and Shepard commission by AndrewRyanArt
Re-worked this Kaidan/Shepard piece to go along with New Years Eve. Tried to make their apartment look a little like Deckard’s from Bladerunner, my favorite sci-fi movie. The music I imagine playing during this scene would be "Vigil" from the ME soundtrack [link]

This one was originally commissioned by a fellow Kaidan fan to go along with his fanfic that details out the story of what happened after the destroy ending in ME3. If you're a fan of this pairing then it's definitely worth reading.
Here's a link to his story:
[link]

Spicyshimmy on tumblr ([link]) wrote me a little story to go along with the New Years Theme, thanks shimmy.

DECEMBER 31st

December 31st, 2186CE, Shepard spent the shift of the clocks and the change to the new year in a hospital bed. He didn’t even get to blow a party horn or drink champagne or clink glasses with Chakwas, or listen to the echo of fireworks play ricochet across the rooftops, through the residential areas. People lit candles, Kaidan told him later. Or they turned on their flashlights just as the year turned, too. Little beams of light in the darkness, shining towards the local skies.

December 31st, 2187CE, Kaidan found Shepard in the restroom with his palms on either side of the sink and his head bowed toward the mirror. There hadn’t been too many fireworks, most of them privately owned and procured through pretty illegal means, more than half their number run in through Liara. But they were loud enough, bright enough, that Shepard had to excuse himself from the Alliance party. He’d put on his blues, made his appearance, delivered his toast. ‘To old acquaintances,’ he’d said, and drank without his hands shaking. Kaidan covered one of his hands, which was shaking now, on top of the marble. They had their first new year’s kiss, Kaidan’s mouth against Shepard’s pounding temple.

December 31st, 2188CE, Shepard was the guest of honor at the ball drop on the Citadel. The Presidium had never been that crowded. Krogan were chanting his name. Kaidan had on a pair of gloves—those gloves were what Shepard remembered, the way they cupped his face on three and stayed long after one. He had to be presentable for the cameras, so there wasn’t any stubble to ruin that fresh feeling.

December 31st, 2189CE, and Shepard put in appearances at the Council party, schmoozing with the other Spectres, doing what he did best—aside from kicking Reaper ass—which was not starting any intergalactic incidents. At least not after ten pm. After that he headed over to the Alliance party and listened to Hackett’s stories about the old days, followed by a brief stopover at the premiere party for Blasto: The Twenty-Third Century, where he got to shake that famous tentacle at last. It was a great night, fantastic, and Shepard didn’t realize he’d fallen asleep in the helicab back to his place on the Citadel until Kaidan was saying ‘Shepard’ into his throat, waking him up with a hand on his side. ‘I already paid the driver to go around the neighborhood a few times. Anything to get you some sleep, right?’

By December 30th, 2190CE, Shepard hadn’t RSVPed to a single invitation—and he’d stopped keeping count when the number hit twenty a few weeks ago. He shunted them into a spam filter and took a shower instead of writing up replies,then dried off while staring at the scars on his chest in the mirror—the burn ones, which had healed up just fine without any extra skin grafts.

And Shepard didn’t mind them, not now that Kaidan kissed them, or followed the patterns they made with his thumbs and knuckles on their down time.

‘Hey, Shepard,’ Kaidan said, reaching over Shepard’s shoulder for his toothbrush. ‘You know I don’t like to play messenger for Alliance business, but…’

‘Let me guess: Hackett wants to know why I haven’t put us down on the guest list for the upcoming New Year’s Allied Eve,’ Shepard replied.

‘Yeah, and he’s not the only one.’ Kaidan followed Shepard through the bedroom and into the kitchen, where the brand new fridge was stocked with snacks Shepard didn’t waste his time on naming. ‘You’re not actually planning on going to any of those parties this year, are you?’

‘Life’s short,’ Shepard replied, ‘and I never make the Blasto marathon.’

December 31st, 2190CE, Kaidan was still thinking about it. Obviously. He probably had his blues ironed and pressed and hanging in the closet as the sun went down and the Citadel turned far from dark. Lights glittered all across the Presidium and beyond, the swell of earth at close range like something Shepard couldn’t describe. It got him in the chest, under the old burn scars. When he stared at it for too long his eyes unfocused, but he also felt—and no one could know about—this great big lump sticking in his throat.

‘You’re seriously gonna pass up the private cruiser Tali’s got booked?’ Kaidan asked finally, during one of the commercials.

Thirteen episodes of Blasto: The Animated Series and counting.

”Cause I haven’t been to a party like that since I was…a whole lot younger than I am now,’ Kaidan added. Outside one of the bay windows—Shepard had bought the place for its view, also when he was a whole lot younger than he was now—they could even see one of those private parties sailing on by, music loud enough that they could almost imagine they heard it from all the way down below. ‘They can get pretty wild, Shepard.’

‘Did you get pretty wild, Kaidan?’

‘I had my moments.’ Kaidan squared his arms off across his chest, looking more and more like a TO every day. Shepard indulged in the urge to sit up straighter, fingers twitching for a salute.

Or for a beer; whichever came first.

‘Not to mention the envoy from Tuchanka’s on the Citadel, and they’re throwing one hell of a bash.’ Kaidan paused. ‘Literally, I’m guessing, knowing how Wrex likes to hit things with his head.’

‘And Kasumi rented out a museum, so I heard,’ Shepard said. ‘From the invitation, it sounds like it’s going to be the party of the century.’

‘But you’re still staying here.’

Kaidan’s eyebrows did the thing.

Shepard rubbed his chest, remembering the other thing that Kaidan’s fingers did. ‘Yeah. Guess I must be getting old.’

‘And I’m older,’ Kaidan pointed out.

Shepard tipped his chin toward the window, where the view of earth was obscured by all the buildings they’d rebuilt, all the new zoning areas that’d grown over the past five years—scaffolding only a distant memory now, along with the sound of rubble being hauled away and the beeping of heavy-duty all-terrain vehicles backing up, heading toward the processing factories. The same old lights were glowing. Not candles; not flashlights. They were winking at them, countless parties happening in practically every window, framed by the corona around the dome of earth’s pale clouds and blue oceans, cast by the hidden sun.

Then, Shepard turned back to Kaidan, neither of them shaved, the gray in Kaidan’s hair matching the gray in Shepard’s stubble. He rubbed his face, remembering two gloved hands pressed to his jaw, gloved fingertips resting over the pulse in his throat.

‘View’s better here,’ Shepard said.

They settled in by the window, Blasto recording for later, to watch the celebrations from a distance: people flooding the streets and holographic countdowns flashing on reflective building faces around the Presidium. They could hear the rumble of the final ten seconds. Nobody was chanting Shepard’s name.

‘Okay, Shepard,’ Kaidan said, fingers splayed over Shepard’s stomach.

No scars there. Shepard’s heart beat out of time. Enough shocks to the chest, and you developed that kind of arrhythmia.

‘Hey, Kaidan,’ Shepard said, turning over his shoulder, ‘how about a proper new year’s kiss this time?’

January 1st, 2191CE, Kaidan’s mouth closed over Shepard’s, holding him tight from behind.
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:iconsoverain:
SOVERAIN Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
They should have you as an artist at bioware, only problem is bioware might fuck up your work, I hope they improve for mass effect 4.
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MrSwearword Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
:la: This is very nicely done.
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Carmine777 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Even though I'm into Kaiden/FemShep, your art's GREAT!

I can imagine a lot of hard work put into it. 

You are one skilled artist! 

I wish I can put this to my favorite gallery, if I weren't a Kaiden/FemShep fan. But I'm sure my positive comment will be enough.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not that fond of Gay Shep, but this piece does seem to be very well made.
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CastilloRA Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013

Happy New Year, Andrew. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us.


Happy New Year, John and Kaidan. You've shown that love is truly the strongest force in the galaxy.

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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks and happy new year to you as well :)
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Eleneri Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Absolutely flawless, both art and story!
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elmjuniper Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're so cute. Never liked Kaidan until I started seeing your art. ^^
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gaybo123456789 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Wow awesome, my new wall paper!
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gaybo123456789 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Just wanted to add your really talented, keep up and great work! need more people like you in the world.
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MrGrounder Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
It annoys me that they didn't include gay options for the first two games when they were planning to, right down to recording dialogue for it. I'd have played my Shepard mostly gay (except for Kelly) if I could.
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backup-character Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
oh my jesus the detail 0_0 it makes my hands hurt and i'm not even an artist. Wonderful! Thank you for this! (I feel like i may have already commented on this but whoday)
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AndyistTot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
The gay Kaidan work is a lot better than the hetero ones.
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:iconcarmine777:
Carmine777 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think all Kaiden works are equally better.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Lol, I find that to be true as well, not sure why.
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CastilloRA Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Well, apparently thanks to the "Citadel" DLC it looks like Shepard will have his apartment after all. I just hope it's as nice as the one you made for him here.

Once again, well done, Sir.
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windschlag Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, you got their faces just right!
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:iconfrozenharlequin:
FrozenHarlequin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you still have the original version of this image?
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:iconrambie801:
Rambie801 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I do. ;)
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:iconrodrigo-sora13:
Rodrigo-sora13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist
this is so beautiful!!! so much fells in this image...
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:iconkoruk:
Koruk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is soo beautiful!! :squee:
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Rambie801 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
OMG, it's even more amazing Andrew!
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KareauxLine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
As I think I already mentioned before, I'm not a fan of the MShep/Kaidan pairing, but I love the way you paint these two and, well, their obvious love. It's always a delight to see your new paintings! Keep up the amazing work, and happy new year!

PS: The N7 on Shepard's boxer is killing me, haha.
PPS: Dang, Spicyshimmy always writes the best stuff to go with your pictures.
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carpenoctem Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks stunning. I especially love the contrast of colors (all warm & fuzzy vs the coldness of the Citadel)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks :)
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Rhapsody4u Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW ! More and more beautiful. Thank you very much ;) and happy new year!
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you too :)
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silentruth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
just...gorgeous. i'm loving the way kaidan's looking at him. and the view is just.. WOW!
someone's about to get it against a wall. just sayin.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
lol :)
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ReiKoko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
since the last m!shep/kaidan piece that i saw from you, i've noticed just how much more popular the mxm pairing is than the straight one, and it's been looking more and more appealing to me >.> although my canon playthrough will likely still be my original f!shep/kaidan pairing, i've already started a new playthrough in ME1 with m!shep with the intention of sexing up kaidan eventually XD i recently looked at all the possible pairings available in the whole trilogy and i have to say, i was actually quite disappointed that there's so little pairings available for a mxm relationship :/ compared to all the possible ones for fxf or fxm....

this is beautiful though, i love your art :D
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks I'm glad you enjoy it :)
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:iconmeken:
Meken Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet fancy Korean Jesus this is so great it hurts places!!
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks Meken, sorry it's not Garrus hehe
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Meken Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA! Truly, I suffer. But John and Kaidan are fantastic as well!
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I'm beginning to understand how homosexuals must feel living in a heterosexual world, because –no offense – but I really don't want to see this! :lol: I need to go look at some naked girls after this ...
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
It wouldn't say that's how I feel, even though I'm gay if it were a girl/guy or girl/girl sharing a simple embrace like in this image then I wouldn't care, it'd be sweet because no matter the gender love is love. Obviously I don't want to see straight/lesbian porn but there's nothing in this image that's mature content so I don't think it should be such a big deal. Though if you're uncomfortable with the notion of homosexuality then there's nothing I can do about that I guess :)
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I'm not uncomfortable with the notion of homosexuality. Several of my friends are homosexual, and they're great people. But I have an aesthetic problem with male-to-male sexuality and eroticism. As I wrote: I don't want to _see_ it. Because I cannot look at a male body with an erotic gaze. To me, looking at this image is like tasting mustard on my strawberry cake. Something is wrong here for my visual taste buds. Not in a moral sense, only in that I'm being tickled in a place that feels not ticklish but uncomfortable. Maybe watching men kiss girls or fondling their bodies gives you a similar feeling? But maybe not, because you grew up with those kinds of images, while your kind of image is new to me and jarring. But I guess that is good, because it makes homosexuality more normal, in the long run. So, no critique intended! And certainly no moral condemnation. It's a great image, except I'd love for there to be a girl in it ;-)

Hope this makes sense.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
It makes sense. It's just that I really enjoy painting these two together and there are a lot of other people who like them as well. So when someone who's not a fan of these two or dudes together in general says things like "I don't want to see this kind of thing" I'm just a little caught off guard because I wasn't painting it for them in the first place and don't understand why they feel the need to tell me.

I wouldn't go leave a comment on someone's painting of Shepard and Liara for instance like "Hey great painting but I'd rather see him with Kaidan" because it's that artist's choice to include who and what they want. Obviously there's a difference in that gay pairings aren't as widely seen in society but I still think we're entitled to the same level of freedom to paint what we choose to.

So I realize you're not trying to be a jerk or anything but that's why it always bothers me when people comment negatively on the subject matter of my work.
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alexandergras Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I can understand that, and I will try to control my impulses in the future. The problem with the internet is that I'm often surfing when I'm bored, and just writing what comes to mind, without putting much thought into how this might come over. I apologize for my thoughtlessness. It is so easy to forget that my own perception of the world is not the only way to see it. It takes a lot of attention and effort to live well in a world with so many different people, and sometimes I am just a bit too lazy to reflect on my prejudices. Please excuse me.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
It's alright, and I appreciate the apology :)
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DanielGlaber Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is so well done! I love it! :)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks :)
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jebelkrong Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Amazing piece :-)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks
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DisfiguredStick Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
You're making me like Kaidan more xD I found it so hard to choose between him and Liara in my ME1 playthrough the other day! Your stuff is magical. I like that you made Shepard a bit hairy.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
the commissioner requested I make him a bit hairy, personally I prefer without but glad you like it :)
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MrJuniorer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS SO FREAKIN' MUCH, THANKS FOR SHARING!!!! AMAZING WORK!!!!
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks :)
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MrJuniorer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My Pleasure, I Really Love It!!!
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JordanLovesArt4Real Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I love the gayness that Bioware provides. And this, this is just fabulous.
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