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With This Ring...   (*UPDATED*) by DBlack930 With This Ring...   (*UPDATED*) by DBlack930
I've recently learned a couple of cool things. First, how to upload files as .pngs instead of .jpgs without them turning out way, way too dark (.png format is lossless and results in a higher quality image than .jpg). And second, I've found some new techniques in XPS and photoshop that just make the final piece prettier and more vibrant. Not quite as nice as what you can do with blender, maybe, but definitely a more striking result than what they look like straight out of XPS, which is what I'd been doing all along.

So, besides working on new stuff, I'm also going to start a Gallery Improvement Program, where I go back and re-do many--or even most--of my old work, little by little. And here's the first one. (I chose this to start with because I also wanted to add some of the new models that weren't available the first 2 times I did it: Chakwas, Kasumi without her hood, Feron, Liara in a real wedding dress...)

For comparison, here's the previous version:


If we'd all gotten this moment for our Shepards with their LIs as the final scene, I bet the complaining about ME3's ending would've been reduced by at least... 50%. Maybe 60%. So happy that I got the chance to create it for my own Shepard, at least.

There are a few more characters that I definitely would've liked to add to the guest list (Aethyta, Chakwas, Feron, Adams, Donnelly and Daniels, and maybe even Bailey), but the models don't exist (yet; maybe someone will do them someday, and I can re-visit this and add them). Also, Jacob died on the suicide mission in my Shepard's story, which is why he isn't here.

I did a lot of meshmodding and texture re-coloring to get some of the guests dressed up, but here's the full list of the models I used, both as-is and as mix-and-matches:

Kacey Shepard by PrincessFelia
Femshep (Alliance formal) by PrincessFelia
Liara T'Soni wedding mod by xX-DorianGray-Xx
Garrus (formal Citadel) by nach77
Tali'Zorah vas Normandy by SumireHaikuXNA
Jack by rexil
Miranda Lawson (formal Citadel) by SonYume
Miranda Lawson by HatOfAss
human female civilian (LotSB-style dress) by nach77
Femshep (Kasumi DLC dress) by PrincessFelia
Samara (formal Citadel) by nach77
Zaeed by PabloPicasso, HD alt texture by The-JoeBlack
Maleshep (formal Citadel) by SonYume
Kelly Chambers by SonYume, xX-DorianGray-Xx, & me
Femshep (dress) by PrincessFelia
Kolyat Krios by Goha
Admiral Hackett by Goha
Javik by smarteck, alt texture by The-JoeBlack
Kasumi Goto - bobcut (Allison Gunn dress) by Just-Jasper
Grunt (formal Citadel) by nach77
Ashley Williams by PrincessFelia
Joker by Goha
Maleshep (Alliance formal) by nach77
James Vega by Goha
Steve Cortez by SumireHaikuXNA
Samantha Traynor by HatOfAss
Diana Allers by XNALaraFanatic
Urdnot Wrex (formal Citadel) by nach77
Urdnot Bakara by Goha
Dr. Chakwas by Velvet-Asari89 & nach77
Feron by Just-Jasper
Normandy SR-2 by nach77
Alliance shuttle by nach77
Mass relay by nach77
Structural set pieces by HatOfAss
Holographic door panel by Melllin

"Mass Effect" models and characters created by Bioware.
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Coatsworth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is fantastic and I just sound this now. This is how ME3 should of ended instead of their "artistic vision". 
DBlack930 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  :w00t:  I'm really proud of this one, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.  :)
Coatsworth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
CrystaliqEffects Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THIS is the picture I had in mind... It helped me a lot getting through the end of ME3 -___-

I really really love it! :love: It resembles my Shepard so much. I had Liara as first LI, too. :)
DBlack930 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay!  :dance:  Glad it helped you through the ending.

You oughta create some stuff with your Shep--I'd love to see her.  If you're on a console (or the PC but don't know how to extract models), nach77 and a couple of other users are usually willing to help out with something like that.

I've tried a few of the romances, but IMO Liara and Garrus are the best, and now I always end up going back to Liara.  There's just a few small things that make me prefer that romance a bit more: Liara's the only one Shepard can have kids with; Garrus & Tali getting together (whereas if Shep's with Garrus, Liara & Tali both stay single :( ); and that scene of Garrus being so awful at hitting on the female turian at the bar is just priceless...  :laughing:
CrystaliqEffects Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The end is indeed ... Questionable?! Horrible... Because there could have been the most epic end EVER! XD But we still have art and the ones like you who make such great pictures! =)

I'm indeed on console! I have to ask him o.o I'd love to make something in XPS with my Shep and Liara... (I also love Jane, but it's not the same, right? ;) Own Shepard is very personal I think...)

:squee: I know the romance with Garrus well. A friend of mine is in love with him and I made a big research in the context of my bachelor thesis about romances in games ;) I have to sum up, I'd love to try the romance with Miranda, but I can't play as MaleShep... It doesn't work for me :( Liara is sometimes so busy XD But that's why it's exciting!
DBlack930 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm at the point now where I don't mind the ending.  It's not the big happy thing with the wonderful celebration and Shepard & her/his LI riding off into the sunset together that I would've hoped for, but it's "good enough".  And the Destroy option leaves plenty of room for our imaginations to make up our own post-ending stories, with scenes like this.  :D

Totally agree about custom Shepards.  :nod:  I guess the default ones are fine for people who just don't feel like obsessing over all the little details of making their own, but once you do put all that effort into her/him, you end up feeling this extra sort of attachment to it that I don't know if you could ever get with Jane or Sheploo (I've certainly never felt it with any other game character who comes with a pre-made appearance).  I can't even guess how many times I've played through Eden Prime in ME1 as I tried to get her "just right".

I could never play as MaleShep, either.  Not a fan of the voice, and I also don't like any of the LI options.  In my mind, Liara should only be with Femshep, Miranda & Jack belong with each other, and Ashley, Cortez, and Kaidan would all be good, but I just don't think Shepard should be dating any Alliance officers/crew under their command (too many potential problems or conflicts of interest with that).  That leaves Tali... but I've never been as big a fan of her as everyone else.  I mean, she's very nice--I don't have a single bad thing to say about her--but she's not one of those characters who I can't wait to recruit and then go talk to...   :shrug:
CrystaliqEffects Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My god... These are so many thoughts of mine :) Of course I took the destroy ending, it feels "right" and I couldn't be irritated by the words of the star child... And them the last breath ;) But yeah... I thought there would come a ride into sunset and so on... xD I mean the Citadel DLC has been sooo great again oO It's weird... But I take it similar like you now :)

Jane was my second playthrough and I enjoyed he redhead to be a bit more renegade ;) But these weren't my very very personal choices anymore. So yeah... Custom Shepard ftw :) It's your own story, your decisions... Your universe ;)

omg, I couldn't describe it better with Tali XD I know people who are addicted to her... And I found out that she is officially the most wanted LI oO... xD Can't understand :) 
But yeah, I love the thought about Miranda and Jack... :) I just noticed that the romance with Miranda is one of the most intense even if she is not a crew member in ME3... But whatever :) Actually I want her on Jacks side, yes xD 

Alliance officers under him/her... Yes, I think that's it ;) I don't want James as a LI because of this, too xD" Poor people who are longing for him though... Haha ;) 
DBlack930 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way I play it now is that I do the Shore Leave mission (Brooks, the clone) right after Udina's attempted coup, and save the party 'til the very end--the game returns you to the point right before the assault on TIM's base, so I just fly back to the Citadel and have the party.  Treat it as an epilogue/flashback, the "one more story" that the stargazer promised.  It really makes it a nice way to wrap everything up ("It's been a good ride"; "The best" :cries: )...

Yep, Garrus & Tali are apparently the most popular LIs--by a wide margin--and they only became available because they were so popular in the first game and the fans demanded it.  Tali was okay right from the beginning, but I didn't even like Garrus in ME1.  :|  It wasn't until 2 & 3 that I started to warm up to him...  :shrug:  Weird.

I wish Vega was a potential LI.  Not because I'd ever have Shepard romance him, but because then at least there'd be a reason for his damn insubordinate flirting that you can't get rid of!  :X  I just wanna smack him sometimes and say, "Hey, she's your commanding officer there, pal!  Show a little more respect!"
CrystaliqEffects Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Damn good idea... The DLC came so late it was for me "the end" AFTER the whole ride ;D and yeah, it was "the best"... 

I sign this ;) Don't know why but Tali and Garrus never made it into my heart xD Kaidan, Ashley... well, very different characters to "choose" oO but for a relationship? not at all. First saved him (why ever) and then her. ^^ Weird xD

I like Thane and Kasumi a lot! Samara has a nice story around her and is an interesting character - but for a date? nah xD
Although maybe Kasumi... if she were free ^^

xD I hated the flirty parts xD I have forbid him to say Lola xP the training in the Citadel DLC was so funny... how many times do we had to press the button? xD
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