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Together till the End by AndrewRyanArt Together till the End by AndrewRyanArt
Recently touched this one up as well.

This Mass Effect theme kept me going throughout the process of painting this piece. Definitely recommend it for fans of the soundtrack.
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It's funny, a lot of people hate Kaidan as a character but I was always drawn to him for being a little more normal and down to earth than a lot of the other crew, plus he was the first biotic I met (other than my Shepard) and I thought he was really cool just for that. In ME1 since he wasn't a romance option for MShep I just thought of him as being Shepard's best bud and always kept him in my squad, I think Raphael Sbarge is an incredibly talented voice actor too and gives his dialogue a lot more depth.

Then during the horizon confrontation in ME2 I really felt like there was some sort of deeper emotional connection between these two characters that I hadn't noticed before so I was overjoyed that Bioware allowed him to become an option for male Shepard in ME3, since it just sort of made sense to me that the relationship between them had evolved over the course of the series.

So after five years spent waiting for a conclusion to their story and ME3 doing such an incredible job with their developing romance arc I was pretty devastated to see Shepard die (or seemingly die) and have no sense of closure on these characters I'd been so invested in, hence why I chose to paint this piece, giving myself the chance to see them re-unting or at least sharing one final embrace. I'm not too happy with it from a technical standpoint but it is definitely the most emotion I have ever tried to instill in a painting and means more to me than any of my other work.
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Vaenarys Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing and I love you and hate you equally for all the feels it is giving me. ;_;
I only currently finished ME3 with the destruction ending (because seriously every other option just didn't seem right to me.) and it left me just so... empty. (Though not as hopeless as those other endings.)
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AsahiMisora Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one! The sense of closure is hard as well when I finished the game.. Even though it was the extended "perfect" ending.. It still left me feeling like it was incomplete.. How I would love it if Kaiden went back to see the explosion site just to find male Shepard.. :< 

Out of all the couplings, I find KaidenxMale Shepard, truly the best and sincere relationship ever.. D:

Officially loving your works on this couple. :D Thank you for painting it! I feel a bit better now.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't even played the game, no idea who the characters are, but oh man the FEELS. You did a fantastic job with this. I really like all the varied brushstrokes too.
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bellasella77 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture still makes me cry everytime I look at it. listen to LEAVING EARTH. That song is what I feel like while looking at this. Beautiful piece of work here my man 
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crispin42 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014
 It's a lovely piece and a lovely idea, brings the Pieta to mind actually. But yeah I just finished playing and needed that closure as well, so...thank you.

I've been really enjoying all your ME/DA mash-up material, you are exceedingly talented.
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OverlordCarrus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
omfg QwQ
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Dzhulyet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Very good art!  sad huggle   
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madisonzwurld Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This hurts
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maniacoke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Really touching,I.....Love that.Really

By the way,ending sucks.
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i605 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just came back from tumblr and I have to say I really agree on your opinion why Kaidan being straight in ME1&2 doesn't matter.

I enjoy the development of their relationship through ME1 and ME2, and finally got the courage and chance to be together. And that's why the death of Shepard had torn me apart (red light, but unfortunately Sherpard died).

I know there's a better ending but seeing them saying goodbye to each other and Shepard focused Kaidan to stay behind when he reaches the transport light literally made me cry. I mean, I'm a guy, but I cried over these scenes, for days.

And also, I really really really like your artwork! you are so talented and these pieces heal everything.  Keep up with the good work! (in Shepard's tone :)

I'm gonna go back and cry some more.
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