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Mass Effect 3, Old Soldiers - line work by AndrewRyanArt Mass Effect 3, Old Soldiers - line work by AndrewRyanArt
This piece will be my personal conclusion to ME3 and the Shepard/Kaidan storyline that meant so much to me while playing the game. I was very happy with the extended cut but we were still left wondering what became of Commander Shepard in the destroy ending, but it was definitely implied that Kaidan knew Shepard was still alive out there and that he along with the rest of the crew would find their way back to him.
This painting will be my version of that reunion played out, set in a battered but still functional Huerta memorial hospital room with Garrus making sure no pesky reporters spoil Kaidan and Shepard's special moment. Trying to convey their sense of happiness at seeing each other still alive but also sadness since in this moment it can't be easy for Kaidan to see him in this state and Shepard is still dealing with guilt issues related to sacrificing the GETH and EDI in order to destroy the reapers, I like the idea of Kaidan being the one to help him heal both emotionally and physically.

I might write a short fic to go along with this when I finish painting it but I suck at writing so we'll see.
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beachelf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
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Xarga12 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OMG this looks great :D and very touching n.n
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GrizzlyKurtz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can't wait! (For both this finished, and your try at writing!)
If losing the geth and EDI means Shep and Kaidan can be together, I'll pick Kaidan every time!
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AlexandrZaytsevet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
If you doubt your writing skills then the fic might be better off in other hands. You might want to let someone write it for you.
Remember: It's not about skill, but if you don't believe in them; Then you'll never get it right.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the advice but I'm not too worried about it. I don't expect greatness but I think I can do a good enough job to get my feelings across at least.
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AlexandrZaytsevet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Confidence, that's better.
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HeavenMGN Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, this is GORGEOUS...(though I hate Kaiden)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Gasp, don't hate KaidAn, he's so sweet! But thank you :)
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HeavenMGN Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We just hate him from the first game... He is sweet.
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bbyNeeto Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
right after the extended cut I was just WAITING for you to draw something up. :D
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:iconandrewryanart:
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, my insane love for these two makes me pretty predictable I guess lol.
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MrPurpleRoach Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaaaaw, this makes me...*sniffles* imma cry XD
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
aww ;)
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Laboi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Maybe you can make a scene where the Geth and EDI are being reactivated
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TysonWinn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I choose the Destroy ending in the hope of their reunion...
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katerinafm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks amazing :D. I imagine something like this happened as well.
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CommanderQ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I am in awe. Splendid work, and the fact that it's Kaidan and mShep makes it all the more amazing. You sir are amazing.
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Tetrakarn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I have not played in this game. But I have heard many good things about it. I just love your work, thank you. :)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, it's definitely my favorite video game series of all time.
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famguy777 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Draw a reunion betweeb Tali and shepard!By the way, this looks like it was rendered on game its so good.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, maybe I'll do a Tali/Garrus piece since they ended up together in my playthrough.
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famguy777 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Cool, but Tali and shepard would be good too...
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ViridianPanther Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Their faces. Their faces. Wow.

(Also, I hope you don't mind if I beat you to writing a short fic based on this. It's just too mesmerising to resist!)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Go for it, I'm just going towrite a bit of dialogue banter anyway so I'm sure yours will be more worth reading.
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ViridianPanther Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well... not sure I managed anything more than dialogue banter (having taken a few liberties), but here ya go. [link]

I still can't get over how exceptional their facial expressions are. That's not to say the rest of the pic isn't fantastic (because it is) but Shep's face is just perfect. Incredible work. Thank you for sharing. :)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Great job, brought a smile to my face reading something inspired by this work :)
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ViridianPanther Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, thank you again for producing something emotive enough to help me spawn a few hundred words of drivel. :)
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Pitt90 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Lovely ... it's how I hoped mine would end, too, Dune ... as always love your work.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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criz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
oh my god, someone introduce this guy to Shimmy! :squee:
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Shimmy does good work. Some of the best fics to be sure.
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criz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
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that she does ...
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Tick-Tock-Trancer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Oh dear God yes! All I want to see is Kaidan and Shepard live happily ever after (along with the rest of the crew)! Is that too much to ask Bioware?!? :crying:
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
It's the argument of speculation vs actualization, there are benefits to both. For instance if they had included a reunion I likely wouldn't have imagined my own ending and done my own art piece which is cool and fun to do but at the same time people who've invested a lot into the characters (like me) would still rather see it happen in the game.
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Tick-Tock-Trancer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
True true, best we appreciate what we have and each imagine our own ending to this trilogy now that it's over. Hmmm.... Now if only I could get Vega as a romance option haha. :)
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Pitt90 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Apparently the people in charge at Bioware are all suffering from emo-itis ... but I agree with you!
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Yumehoshi-san Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
THIS IS ABSOLUTE AWESOME!!!!
The theme, the tension between these too is very well done. Also, technically, this work is admirable. I really like the way of your shading and the perspective in this work. Details on their bodies are very well done and absolute realistic!
Shame that I can only fav this one time^^
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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CastilloRA Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I love this. If BioWare ever decided to do a Reunion DLC for MaleShep and Kaidan they reeeeeally should come to you for advice.

Well done!
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I hope not, then it wouldn't be a surprise for me lol
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roivasff14 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
yay you did what Bioware can't ^^
Hope some day they would put an artwork like your draw to give us a closure ^^
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
They did do an amazing job with the goodbye scene on earth, I couldn't have done it any better myself.
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dreamerchaos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Yay for this wonderful piece of artwork~<3
8D You might be writing a short fic to accompany this? That's awesome! I'm working on a WIP Garrus/MShepard Control ending based on the extended cut. I'm really excited and looking forward to everyone's ideas and interpretations to all the extended cut endings. <3<3
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Sounds cool, hope to read it sometime.
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MaxHedrm0 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work. Your faces & musculature have come a long way.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a bunch
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Megume Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great.. I plan to do a similar scene sometime too, my Shep was with Garrus tho :) amazing work
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
you should :)
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Denton743 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
BioWare confirmed that in the Destroy ending Shepard does indeed live, so it is the happy ending a lot of people want :)
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
The happy ending people want to see, not just imagine though.
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