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Merrill by AndrewRyanArt Merrill by AndrewRyanArt
For Merrill I thought it would be fitting to put her in kind of a nervous, alliance rookie role much like Brooks from the Citadel DLC (and by Brooks I mean the persona Maya was putting on before we found out she was a double crossing beeyatch).
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JayEDJ Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I played the ME series before I played DA so I Merrill reminded me of Traynor, more than Maya in the beginning of Citadel, but I see it now
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AIK13 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
So cute! Gosh darnit, Merrill, when does she NOT look cute?
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TGrebel2 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I kinda always imagined Merril would be like Traynor :) both are such shy cuties <3
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ShadowGeek83 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
very cute.  But I see the dalish having more in common with the drell.  Maybe she could have been trained as some kind of cultural keeper of her people on Kaje.  You could even play around with the tattoos as scale patterns.  Just throwing that out there if it sparks your imagination
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avenger09 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So that's who Maya based her character on. Smart, who couldn't like someone as bumbling and innocent as Merrill?
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myLilow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
So awesome :)
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InsidiousAgent Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Dat cute face. Gets me every time.
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Efeye Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Love it! But she should have a bit more armor, as she is one of very few rpg women ta actually wear practical chainmail...
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blarson79 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
pity Maya didn't catch a bus, if you know what i mean "Oh, Shepard, lala blah..." ~ker-splat "Annoyed: I just had the paint redone."
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Cascador Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, but wouldn't she be a biotic?
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
who says she isn't
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Cascador Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know. It's not stated and the fact that with Morrigan you can see that she is one, while Merril just has two pistols. I was just going by what I saw and read.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Two pistols? Where's the second?
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Cascador Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, confused it with the one of Leliana. lol
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Odme1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
You're a genious!

I need to follow you .
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FreelancerNorth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Ha! She's wearing Canadian Cad Pat!
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Alexwind Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
wow that is pretty cool^^
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zdenekvonliptakov Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Awesome! Mass Effect coould be more epic
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alimination602 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Very cute design
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
(*Sigh*) Merrill. She's a 'Keeper.' :love: Great concept. I like the idea of her being along the same lines as the false Maya persona. She does have the quirky, eccentric nature.
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Garjel-blah Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I don't want to question your decision here, but I wouldn't have given her a gun. She's a mage, so I think it would be more fitting to have an omni tool. I don't think biotics would suit the rest of the picture, and I think Merril behaves more like a nervous tech-nerd than a super awesome biotic.

Am I making sense?
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Deemonef Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... could be Brooks:D
A lil nervous and naive... but cute all the time :)
Love it
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Bezerk19 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Awesome work! Also good call, that suits Merrill!
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JexyMG Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nailed it.  Never liked Merrill at all... but this does fit her personality perfectly.
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BlackTurkey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love how you didn't put the Dalish tatts on her face, it adds to the piece/sketch! Gah, I just can't express the feels!
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BardenVellwood Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Her eyes.... are amazing!
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ReiKoko Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i love that little look of uncertainty on merrill's face :D i think the whole look suits her, although it would be interesting to see her in some armour as well :D
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FeZeTh13Crazy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I totally love this look for her and I can definitely imagine her as to how Brooks was acting. Adorable actually. It totally fits.
Once again, amazing work.
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sQraal Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
why she is the soldier and not biotic???
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
she is a biotic
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sQraal Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
in the picture she don't looks like a biotic, she looks like a common soldier.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Biotics don't have a "look" unless they're using their powers.
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quwykxz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This is some more beautiful, high-quality artwork from you, but.....it's way too non-descriptive. I mean there is absolutely Nothing in the pic that I can pick out and say, "Yeah, that's Merrill" This pic could be of any Alliance soldier that you see walking aimlessly in the background, since any of them have as much of Merill's "look" or "feel" as this one. I sincerely apologize for the harsh-sounding words I've written, since I don't wish to hurt your feelings, but I believe that being frank and honest about a piece of art is very important. Maybe if she was an alien, to switch her "elveness" to a Mass Effect analogue...maybe an Asari Ardat-Yakshi (analogue for her Blood-Mage characteristic in DA:O) who is actually a good person, like Falere and Rila...Or something like that, I dunno. But there's got to be a better translation than this. Again, this is beautiful artwork, but I just don't think that the idea of giving Dragon Age characters a Mass Effect flavor is represented too well in this one particular picture, when it is compared to all of the other great ones you've done in this series.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Her personality is exactly the same as Brooks who she's modeled after. If David Gaider is reblogging this picture and describing it as "perfect" then I think you're missing the point.
Just because I chose to model her look more on her personality than her powers doesn't mean it's a failure, only a different approach than what you envisioned.
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rlchill Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
hahaha, love ur caption w/ "beeytch" xD lol
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Cool
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splat40 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Awesome
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SunWolfgod Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I love what you did with merrill . She looks amazing in alliance uniform .
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KravenErgeist Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think Merrill is one of the few characters who you could have made an Asari.
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Asari tend to be a little too hyper-sexualized for her personality. Unless we're talking ME1 Liara.
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Dianjabla Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Yeah, this one is my favorite. Love your work.
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JingleHimerSchmdt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Is she a biotic?
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Could be.
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DarthDestro Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Am I the only one who things she would fit in at Cerberus more than the Alliance? Ends justify the means to protect your oppressed species?
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LightOfTheStray Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Man I loved Brooks. And then the truth came out -- such a betrayal!
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LostOddity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
This is so cute!It actually reminds me of Tali in ME1, when she was still somewhat naive and new to the wider world, but very talented.
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice.
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eecarter333 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wouldn't Merrill be a biotic?
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
who says she's not
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Cypher3au Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hm...Merrill's highly learned, being the Keeper's First, so I can see her having tech affinity, as well...making Merrill a Sentinel in training?

Tech Armor and different ammo types (cryo, incendiary, disruptor, warp) to represent the rock armor and various elemental spells, with her being able to Warp on top of that.

On the downside, as a fresh rookie the standard Alliance gene mods all soldiers get haven't had time to really do their work, and she's not a big girl naturally, either; she's much weaker physically than most, and would have a hard time wielding anything larger than a pistol or SMG.

That's just my theory, anyway...
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