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A Photographer on the Citadel - Liara Profile by pineappletree A Photographer on the Citadel - Liara Profile by pineappletree
A Photographer on the Citadel

In a quite part of the Citadel Wards, in a small alley known only to the locals lies a studio.
Here lives and works a photographer who boldly defies all contemporary holographic technologies, relying instead on ancient human devices based on crude mechanics and chemistry to capture his motifs.

Now - be it by chance or by purpose - some of the greatest heroes of our time found their way into that studio to stand before the camera...

(All pictures of the series can be found here: pineappletree.deviantart.com/g…)


The "Bla bla bla" part
Wanted to do an 'en profil' 'photo' of Liara for quite some time now. With a head silhouette like that, you just have to! ;)

When I decided to give it a go I thought this would be a 'quickie'. Turns out it had to go through more iterations (read: complete changes of concept) than all my previous Liara renderings before it stopped looking boring or 'too technical' and became something I liked. It was even a 'Sad Liara' at some point, modeled (!) tears and everything ...

And speaking of modeling, there was quite a bit of it this time. Apart from smaller details, I had to remake almost the complete mesh of the folds on Liara's neck. The original one is far from optimized for their form and looked horrible in a close up like this.

Anyway, it was fun to change tone and work with a bit more light this time, though it probably won't become the new 'standard' for the series.

But who knows ... ;)


The technical stuff

All pictures of this series are based on models and textures directly extracted from Mass Effect's game files and modified by me where I deemed it necessary.
Posing, lighting, rendering were done in 3dsMAX + V-Ray.
Background, composing, postprocessing in PS.


Updates

17/07/2012 - Small update with slightly altered eye reflections. Should look a bit more believable now.


Mass Effect, Character © Bioware
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:iconzapzzable100:
Zapzzable100 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Liara is the most attractive aliens I've loved in Mass Effect history♥♥♥
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nico89-fx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever since ME came out and people found out that you could extract the models and do anything with them, the web's been crawling with Mass Effect artwork, and it's been at best, subpar. And then you just came and took everything I thought about that form of art out of the window with this amazing piece (and all the others as well). Putting the amount of work that clearly went into this, from the lighting study you must've made to make this look like it does to the whole remodeling and tweaking takes a true artist. I just wanted to say thank you for proving that rules have exceptions, and that when they do they can be as good and as refreshing as this is. Great, great job, and a definite favourite.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanky you very much!

I'm glad I was able to positively surprise you. :)
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:iconfotusknight:
FotusKnight Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
10/10! Awesome art!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzarnvladak:
zarnvladak Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where are her ears
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly where they are for humans.

Just without all the unnecessary flappy bits...
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:iconzarnvladak:
zarnvladak Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but the flappy bits are important to channel the sound into the ear drum
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently Asari evolution thought otherwise...
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:icondarthkei:
DarthKei Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Beautiful Asari people
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed!
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:iconsirjer:
sirjer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
This is so sad...why? just why?
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What?
Who's sad?
Sad is not allowed in the domain of the Pineappletree except on "A bit of melancholy allowed Wednesdays!"

What do you mean? :)
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:icon13thbloodhound:
13thBloodhound Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous, really gorgeous.. :worship:
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thanks!
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:iconnilvirgil:
nilvirgil Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
:iconpinkheart-plz: :iconheartglompplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :iconhrtplz:
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:happybounce: 
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:icontropenamer:
tropenamer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I'm a bigger Tali'Zorra fan than Liara, but I have to admit she looks gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Intruder alert*
*Intruder alert*
*Please lay your hands in the yellow circles on the wall and await the arrival of the Liara-Is-The-Best-Re-Education-Unit*
*Thank you for your cooperation, citizen*

While you wait though, let me say:

You're very welcome!
Thanks for coming by!

;)
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:iconsilverlion:
Silverlion Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Very nice.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you!
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:iconfanartistik:
FanArtistik Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting work. Really good. :thumbsup:
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thanks, FanArtisik!
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:iconfanartistik:
FanArtistik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
You are very welcome. ;)
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Great Picture !


Living in Citadel could be Good
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It certainly could!

Those Reaper invasions might be a bit of a nuisance, though... :D

Thanks!
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
İndeed ! :D

Well; the Citadel is the Only place isn't (That Much) affected by Reapers; I mean half of the game the citizens act like normal nothing important happened !


You are Very Welcome ! :)
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, they do live in the heart of the galactic politics.

Strange alien species threatening to do terriBLE STUFF WAAARGGH!!! are probably not such a novel experience for them... =P
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Politics are even crappy at 22nd Century ! :D

At least; the population of Citadel are away hiding from hungry Reaper Eyes...
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ShinigamiRyuku Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I have never played Mass Effect but this character and photo looks Amazing.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I guess it's not exactly a new insight, but if you have to give Bioware props for one thing, it's character design and writing.

I'll take the credit for lugging all that heavy lighting equipment around, though... ;)

Thanks, Shinigami!
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I like Liara anyway, no matter what kind of mesh is on her.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, that sounds like a very healthy mindset!

Thanks mockingbird!
ontree...
inaforest?

;)
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Of course in an old oak forest.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, a fine choice!

Very pleasant to hang around with, oaks. Always know a good story or two.

Not at all like those poncy birches!

*high pitched voice*
"Oooh, look at me! My bark is so white and pretty!"
"I don't need to grow tasty fruit, that's for peasants!"

Terrible company those! Ugh!
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
I'm really sad that those poncy birches call you a peasant tree, when you have so pretty pineapples.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! Nah, not complaining.

Just a bit of friendly advice. Wouldn't want to see those not at all gentle-trees shake your freshly decorated nest off their branches or something.

But thanks for your consideration!

(Though your name does make it a bit difficult to take it at face value, tbh... =P )
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:iconmockingbirdontree:
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Oh, now I see what your concern was. My nest is in a big maple tree and behind that are two really big birches, which is pretty dangerous after what you told me.
By the way call me Pia, 35J, female, Germany.
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filipeoliveira Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!! Great Work
Can you take a look in my Cinderella's Drwaing in a realistic version
filipeoliveira.deviantart.com/…
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

And sure...
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:iconbattlefries:
BattleFries Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Wow.  Simply gorgeous!  Thank you for sharing your incredible artistic talent!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, BattleFries!

Thanks for coming by and commenting!
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:iconthekurt009:
TheKurt009 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
she looks lifelike here!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so! :)

Thanks!
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:iconyuko-yatashi:
Yuko-Yatashi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmalachiemrisideus:
MalachiEmrisiDeus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
She's gorgeous 
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Edited Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes. That she most certainly is!
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:iconlustysex:
Lustysex Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Very goooooood and cooooool work with all those images that you put
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like them!

My thanks!
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