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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.

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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Erebides Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant
incredibly beautiful, excellent work!

the emotions really come through.
EpicCuppycakes Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
hold him tight Kaidan! You'll both make it out of there alive... just hold on tight
FireLordFrowny Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
I very recently started playing ME on a whim just to see what all the hype was about, and I wasn't expecting to fall so deeply in love with the story. I shipped male Shepard and Kaidan from the jump, so considering how the games ended, this work of art breaks my heart in the best way possible. It's really beautiful. The look on Kaidan's face is killing me. 
lordbyro Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Why they dont make expansions? They forget? Really? Only DLCs...It's sad!

I'd buy again Mass Effect just to know what happened after the Ending. If Kaidan was looking for Shepard, the scene would be beautiful ... Soulful!

Unfortunately, we'll never play Shepard again (I mean, new adventures, obviously).
Pepita1989 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
It is beatiful. Very nice indeed.
khat-astro-phe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
This is incredible work!

I found a site that lists all the best ways to get the most banter from Kaiden in ME3 so I am re-playing it yet again. Once I can stop the tears, that is...
Dangerous1Angel Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
This is absolutely beautiful!! thanks for sharing.
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.)
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.
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
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.
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 
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.
OverlordCarrus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
omfg QwQ
Dzhulyet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Very good art!  sad huggle   
madisonzwurld Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
This hurts
maniacoke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Really touching,I.....Love that.Really

By the way,ending sucks.
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.
JakeJynx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
God damn this is beauiful.
Aqua111 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Gosh, that is some amazing artwork. And now I wished this is how ME3 would have ended - though I also kind of like that perfect destruction ending when Shepard is seen breathing in the end.

When I played that last mission in London and had my last few scenes of Kaidan and Shep I cried throughout the whole time I was gaming. I failed several times because I couldn't even see the enemies anymore through all those tears. And afterwards I had a migraine from crying too much. Gosh, what a wonderful day. xD

Kaidan was the first ME character I liked - and that already was before I even knew about the game. I just saw him in a screenshot and it was love at first sight, thanks to him I also decided to give the whole series a try and I planned him to be male Shep's love interest from the beginning.
OpalBee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Ah gawd, this is beautiful.  I haven't played any of the series, but this picture alone makes me want to!
Elisa-Gallion Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh mmyyyyy Goooosshhhhhhh!!!!Oops!  *speechless* No words to describe what you made!!!La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la
Awesome, incredible, perhaps but not strong enough!!
One of the best things I  ever see about Mass Effect!!!Oops! Oops! Oops! Heart Heart Heart
So emotional, so powerfull, so perfect!!
I LOVE it!!!Heart Heart
ummiehummie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
jplecko Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
While I am eternally grateful to Bioware for making such an awesome series I never thought that Shepard was given the proper "ending" he deserved.  There was, as you stated, no closure (and it wouldn't have mattered who you chose for your love interest).  I hadn't thought about the game in a long time and happened upon your page purely by accident...for which I am extremely grateful.  This drawing gives me that sense of closure (and some renewed tears) that I think I needed.  I'll take this ending over the Bioware one any day.  Thank you!
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
bellasella77 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel EXACTLY the same as you. I had kaiden in all my missions ..any time i could pick him i did. I seriously was overjoyed when i realized you could be with him in ME3 it actually made the game for me cus i have had a (videogame) crush on this guy since day 1! Amazing art aswell btw. wow
Ishild Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Mind blown.  I can't get enough of this.  I'm not going to be able to achieve the ideal ending in my game.  But I can come here for it.
Ishild Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
P.S.  I think I "get" what it is that is bugging you about the technical side of this but I can assure you still attained what you were reaching for.
hades19978 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly how I wanted ME3 to end, you know? Just them in each other's arms before the credits roll in... I kept Kaidan alive for two play troughs (from ME1 to ME3)... then on my recent one that I finished about an hour ago, every choice was the same. so the galactic readiness was the same (beyond sufficient)... so explain how NOW I lose Kaidan in the final push?! I'm still piecing that up... As well as the fact the game only gave me the Refusal and Destroy endings saying that my readiness wasn't good enough. Can someone PLEASE explain this to me?!
Lightbanee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
was your effective rating high enough? if it was, probably bugged
JulesHawke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!  The emotion on Kaidan's face is beautiful and heartbreaking, brought tears to my eyes.  Amazing job.
Witcher84 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
astonishing... No words can describe all the pain they went through and all the joy the fill after they found themselves.
Isilwin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013 at a loss for words. This picture is a masterpiece. Words cannot justify this picture. A sorrowfull pang hit me so hard that iwas almost confused when i looked at your gift to us. Truly moving...i could almost feel my heart cave in!
Mshenko13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an amazing piece of art. Well done. thank you for this treat :)
zylqf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
My god! I can't help crying every time I look at this.
angelsdemon1x2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
This is so gorgeous! rlly heartbreaking. do you offer prints of your work? i've been looking for posters with kaidan and the only interesting one i could find was one of yours on ebay. i'd love to have a huge print of this one on my livingroom wall ~<3
DJChibiyuki Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Oh my God. With my slow music playing on my background, I almost shed a tear. This picture showed a lot of emotions. :(
Luucialove9 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
omggg this is so beautiful...all of the feelings T__________T.....make me cry again *too emotional attached with this two people*..i'm using mod so i got male shepard with kaidan from me 1 until 3....Thankyou so much you're really talented...
ryanv09 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Knowing that Shepard was going to die in ME3 (everything throughout the whole trilogy basically screamed, "Shepard is going to die before the end") made it so emotional to play through. It was especially saddening for the Kaiden/mShep relationship. They just finally realized their love for each other after all that time, and then it was cut short so soon afterward... :'(

I haven't had a good cry in a while, so thanks for that.
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I never felt any indication in the first two games that he would die at the end and I doubt Bioware thought that far ahead, we know that they didn't even have a real motive for the Reapers when they released the first game in 2007.
Besides he survives in the high EMS destroy ending which in my opinion is the best one.
MsMayMay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow I kind of want to cry
Zharvolk Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Love it, love it! The colors surrounding, the splashes of green. Candy for my optic nerves! And yet, it is heart-wrenching to focus on the couple. :) Another beautiful piece, thank you very much for sharing.

This might sound weird, and I'm not even sure how to explain it, but as a character I don't mind Kaidan, I just like him more when he is with a male Shepard. I think Jane and Kaidan seem rather forced from the get-go (much like I felt Ashley was practically shoved into my male Shepard's lap) and also I happen to completely ship Jane and Garrus. ;) To me, John and Kaidan's romantic story brings so much to their personal stories than other pairings. I think you did a great job capturing that in this work.
Asianlookbutgerman Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I finally found you. I don't want lose you again.
Do not such a dangerous mission again, John."
TartarusWolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This....this right here is beautiful.
DJO-N7 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
one of the best. full of emotion
geoffreydean Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rarely does anything on dA bring tears to my eyes but...this...breathtaking and heartbreaking
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
well sorry for making you cry :(
geoffreydean Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well thank you for being talented enough to make it happen ;)
MeredithvL Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Of course Shepard lived! How can you think he didn't? :(
Erin59 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Although I don't really ship Shenko, but this piece is amazing! So touching, can't stop looking at it!
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