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Mass Effect - Still Alive by UglyDucklingCustoms Mass Effect - Still Alive by UglyDucklingCustoms
There has been N7 Day recently and I suddenly got a feeling to paint this, as a contribution for the event and as well to thank BioWare for making such epic game and trilogy.
Also, a tribute for Commander Shepard. I play femShep, Jennifer Hale's voiceacting is just too epic to not to play. Also this time I wanted to go for default femShep, although this reminds me more of my own character... because of similiar looks.
I know, there are people who don't like the ending. I was one of those few people who liked this. I never hoped for happy ending, it would be too unreal. The choices we got, were hard... To destroy the Reapers, but also murder Geth and EDI, but get Shepard to survive... Or kill Shepard and choose Synergy. I never considered to control Reapers, never. But... I liked it.
Also, after the ending many people still continue to have head-cannon.
I just wanted to paint a scene, where Shepard survived, barely standing, but never giving up. I won't tell much - it's for you to think more about it, where Shepard actually is. Maybe her love interest just found her or her crew, or maybe is she trying to move on to get to somewhere... It's up to your interpretation.
I just hope you like it. It was supposed to be finished in the same day, on November 7th... but I ironically got an issue with the game. Got the infamous 'required online pass issue' which got me devastated for the whole time... Then next day I had also to work, so no time and in the night they managed to fix it, which saved my life, ehehe. So, it's finally finished. Sorry for the delay but I hope you like it. I'm actually very pleased with this artwork, I even dare to say it's the best one I've did so far... I like it.
For BioWare - thank you. Thank you for creating such epic games, universes, stories, characters... I first got SW:KotOR when I was young - I could barely speak English... but I played... all the time. This was one of the few games which introduced me actually to the gaming world and kept me within... But Mass Effect is a blast. Thank you for giving us the chance to experience such great adventure.

Bonus - .gif walkthrough - click here

(c)Mass Effect belongs to BioWare
(c)*StrayPaladin.com

My first Mass Effect fan art, back from March:
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Shadow12177 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is why I ALWAYS pick the renegade ending! Watch the expansion endings!
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Short-Change-Hero Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:'D Its so beautiful!! <3
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bishou-no-soujiro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Instant favorite. This is the real ending.
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Figarro-Luv Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Love it. Love it love it love it love it so much. Beuatiful.
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CaptainAskew Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
This is just.... fucking fantastic!
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, dear.
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TejinaGirlForever Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I can't deal with Shepard being dead. Nope. I put frowny faces on that idea.
Her legend must continue!! *Runs off to write*
Maybe I'm too idealistic... But she's too awesome to just end here.
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, same here. I couldn't accept it, my headcannon was different.
After everything she's been through she could use a little bit of loving...
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TejinaGirlForever Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Amen! Shepard Forever!
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Iceman-ire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What did you use to make this it is amazing
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use my hands and tools :D
I'm happy you like it, thank you.
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midez Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
this is the scene i wanted to see at the end of the game....but it never came
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
It is also what I wanted to see in the game... It never came so I painted it myself!
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xjaredx2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014

Very good!!!

 

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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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elvenmageus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Adore this!
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:iconuglyducklingcustoms:
UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SpaceDraco Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude thats so funny its November 7! xD That's my birthday! ( i typed it wrong on DA as Nov. 6 x.x)
Great work by the way! Huge Mass Effect fan.
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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rah-mnitrian Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Awesome!!
This vision of a survivor Shepard is amazing!
Love it!
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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darkstar730 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
don't fuck with the Shepards
u hear that readers
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hatlon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Lovely picture and WOW
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AliaOfTheKnife Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Amazing.
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Deemonef Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!!
This is beyond amazing:clap:
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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Mystressb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is an amazing piece, Sierra.  Its how ME3 ends to me as well, Shepard looking like hell but very much alive.
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FallenTesla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
while not a fan of the endings I still love the game and feel that the game itself (story, music, characters, game play, graphics.) more then made up for the ending. And it really just comes down to.... how do you end a game like that? its really almost impossible. I applaud you for creating such a beautiful picture to depict the endings. This is how Sheppard would look after everything gos down. cut, bloody, beaten. but never broken. You do her justice.
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BenRG Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
"... Ow."

"Commander! MEDICS! OVER HERE! RIGHT NOW! Commander, are you okay?"

"Frankly... Garrus... No..." (falls over)

"WHERE ARE THOSE ABYSS-DAMNED MEDICS?!?"
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aka700 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I agree with you, about your feelings on Mass Effect and Bioware,
I liked the endings too, all of them, well I would like to see a happy ending but I understand why they didn't, because as you said, it would be unreal (but still my heart wants to see Shepard and all the crew together at the end :) )
I thank Bioware as well for this terrific game. ME is my favourite game ever and it will always stay that way
Even if some people didn't like the last game, I think it is a great closure to the series and those DLCs; they're amazing, I can't remember laughing this much for a long time while playing the Citadel DLC
Thank you again Bioware for all your hard work
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aka700 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I didn't say anything about your work, sorry, it is very good really, even if she doesn't look like my Shepard,
You have added every detail; the dog tags, the sleeves of the armor, good work...
I chose every ending just to see what happens with every one of them
but honestly I cannot destroy EDI and the Geth because they are Legion's legacy and Legion is one my favourite character so I go for either control or synthesis options every time
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jediravenclaw Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Is it bad that my first thought when I read your title was "BUT IS SHE DOING SCIENCE?!?!"XD




I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
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Lamina-aka-Blackwolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know what to say that others haven't already said... This piece is amazing. Yes, she has survived. But it is not a rise of glory and virtue when she extracts herself from the rubble ; exactly how I saw it when I knew I survived. The details and your technique is amazing. I love her face as well.

Amazing job !
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Ezri-Krios Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Featured. [link] :-)
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TheWiseRedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta say this is just EPIC!!

And I totally agree with u, the ending just blew my mind. After finishing the ME3 I spent the rest of the day staring somewhere with my mouth open.
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Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
awesome
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Coatsworth Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
OMG Fav, Way to go looks Great !!!!!
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deathwing107 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Incredible picture. The detail and the emotion conveyed is very impressive.

I have a bit of a problem with something in your description, and it's something that I will refuse to argue. Overall people weren't expecting a happy ending. They expected one that made sense, that didn't contradicted every decision you made from the previous games, all the information and lore that you found in the previous games, and especially one without The Catalyst (or any similar Deus Ex Machina). Myself included.

I've grown to tolerate the endings despite their flaws, and I appreciate the Extended Cut, since despite the arrogant message we got from the developers regarding their artistic integrity, they did at least realize some of the serious mistakes they made. That doesn't mean the endings are better in my eyes. I still agree with the points being made regarding the Control and Synthesis endings where these outcomes are what the Reapers wanted all along and go against everything that Shepard stands for. Out of all the inconsistencies, Destroy and the new ending, Refusal, at least keep the integrity of the main character in tact.

I'm not willing to argue my feelings on the matter because I respect the fact that you like the endings and am not trying to change how you feel about it. I just feel I had to communicate what I feel is the reason as to why most people had problems with it and why I had problems with it. I have actually seen very few comments in the massive internet media that say they wanted a happy ending. Most hated the idea of the Catalyst and what he represented.

Again, beautiful picture.
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N7Kopper Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Yeah, we already know people selectively percieved facts to fit their conclusions wraught of grief in this issue. The fact that the most popular story mod for Mass Effect is one that provides the trilogy with a happy ending irrespective of how many plot holes (a whole lot) it has to violently tear open is indicative.

But there were legitimate grievances too. Most were fixed, others the forgivable sort that other classic games have done far worse in their time (FFVII's horrid translation didn't stop it from being a classic of it's time, why would the fact that you don't see all the slides you earned in ME3?)
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Sibeemho Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
all the feels :'( god i love the mass effect universe, awesome job on this!
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BioWare did it right in our feels... D:
Thanks!
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LoneRebelX87 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
a possible ME 3?
yea yea, i know they said this was the end of Shepards Story, but thats what they said about Master Chief lol
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N7Kopper Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Well, Shepard not being the protagonist doesn't mean there'll be no more Shepard, full stop.
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Well, they didn't say it about Master Chief, haha! In fact, there are announced 2 other games so yeah. xD
But I'm awaiting ME4 and the new setting, character and such... It's just hard to let go of everything from those 3 games.
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LoneRebelX87 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
it's hard to envision someone else other then Shepard =\
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
This wonderful art has been featured here: [link]
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Thank you!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
My pleasure :)
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immortalN7 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant! I adore it. It's just... oh the feels.
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UglyDucklingCustoms Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
And yeah... it's right in the feels.
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