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Mass Effect 3: Commander Shepard Promotional Art by NicholasKay Mass Effect 3: Commander Shepard Promotional Art by NicholasKay
*UPDATE 3: For those interested, you can now see the instructional video for this piece, explaining my thought process, technical tricks, stylistic choices.
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*UPDATE 2: Now on EGMnow!
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*UPDATE 1: I realized that the full res image wasn't available for viewing...it should be now!

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Hi everyone!

In anticipation for Bioware and Electronic Arts's upcoming release, Mass Effect 3, I created this promotional piece.

Overall, this video took 14 hours to paint (one of my lengthier pieces) and was a real pleasure to work on.

Head over to egmnow.com for more info on the piece, as well as a full resolution image for download.

If you enjoyed the video, make sure to 'like' it and 'subscribe' to my channel where more of my work can be seen.

Talk to you soon,

Nick
www.nicholaskay.com
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:iconnatsumi494:
Natsumi494 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Amazing work !!
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yo. I just wanted to come here after watching your walkthrough video in one sitting to say thank you so much for that. I'm working on a Mass Effect thinger right now and looking at this really was an inspiration. Now I'm going to look around to see if you have any tutorials on making armor textures. Hnng.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
While I don't currently have any tutorials on making texures, I do it in quite a few tutorials (like the ME3 one). It's pretty much just overlay, multiply, or soft light layers.
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I saw ^^ It was brilliant. Though I asked because those videos are so fast it's not that easy to see the process in detail. It was still pretty good though, so don't worry about it if you've other things to do. 
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BreBliss Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing! this is the dream level one day i wish to reach.. very well done. :D
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FeaturelessMask Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I am in love with your work, and would like to ask you for it's hand in marriage.
but seriously you is incredible.
Please. Please keep doing, what-you-are doing.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ok, let's do it.
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FeaturelessMask Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I was slightly joking. I'm not going to marry your work. It's beautiful, but it's not a person.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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FeaturelessMask Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I do not understand.
I still love your work.
Yay Tony Stark?
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GabrielRazvan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it very much ! I also saw your youtube speedpaint of this. Great !
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:iconzedrick775:
Zedrick775 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconneytiri789:
Neytiri789 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
A amazing work of art !!
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:iconcorfidbizna:
corfidbizna Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity, did you do this picture in one sitting?
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope! 14 hours is a bit long to sit.
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:iconfanglish:
fanglish Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
... such awesomeness... sweat, dirt and dust of the battlefield are nicely captured in this piece.
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:iconnicholaskay:
NicholasKay Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! I do love some grit.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my gawd!! this must be the best ME fanart i've seen!!:D
and also cheers on the tutorial!!
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:-D
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:iconbantirat:
Bantirat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow, clear shapes, bright lines, strong shading

this is indeed very well done!
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
why thank you! make sure to check out the video(s)! You can find their links in the description
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Bantirat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll sure do!
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MiniDevo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The armor especially is gorgeous. I can't imagine the work needed to put in the lighting detail.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
14 hours ;-) Check out the video and you can see!

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:iconminidevo:
MiniDevo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Respect. Total respect.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Word.
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AleksandarLaz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Epic! :D
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LCBTR001 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
:omg: beautiful piece, Love it!
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LCBTR001 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
your welcome
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DarthVandola Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:wow: Holy shit! I love it! :love:
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Rayneia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Wow! This is simply amazing work and the best FemShep promotional I've seen yet.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mythlover20 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Brilliant, my man. Just BRILLIANT!
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cyborgakadjmoose Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Yeah, I'll be honest; this instantly became my desktop background. Amazing!
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anihilato Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Awesome. That is all.
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assuming-control Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever since I saw that omni tool sword thingie, I've thought, it must feel stupid to really hit something. You don't really touch anything, but still feel the force on impact :XD:
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SylversVolpe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Actually the omni tool is one of the most aspects that fascinate me about ME lore, it's hologram in essence which is something we technologically have now but also with the perk of switching between tangible and semi-intangible medium. which is like maybe 50 years away from our technology. :D

@Klausmasterflex Lovely piece, I like the armor. :)
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assuming-control Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, it's exactly a good example of scifi technology people would expect to see in Mass Effect :D
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've got no clue how it's supposed to work, but it's pretty damn cool.
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assuming-control Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, indeedy it does, and so does this pic in general too :D
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CmdShepardN7 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm commander shepard and this is my favourite fan art in citadel.
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Commander Shepard approved!
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for hosting it!
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AmethystStar94 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Amazing, great job!
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NicholasKay Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:-D
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Padawanmage Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Awesome work!
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