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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 motives.

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: [link])

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.


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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FuturamaJSP Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply beautiful! better than most of the portraits I've seen of any real life humans :icongrin--plz:
pineappletree Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks!
rhezM Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder if you'll do similar artwork with other Mass Effect girls.. :D (Big Grin) 
pineappletree Featured By Owner Edited Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That I wonder myself... ;)

It's definitely on my radar as something many would like to see and I would like to do.

But tbh, if / when I get back to the series I'll most likely continue with Liara for a least one or even a couple of shots, as I have done a lot of work on her model (I'm currently working on a big update actually) and have quite a few unfinished scenes and ideas for her rusting away on my harddrives.

That said, I do allready have the raw, exported models of Ash, Miri, EDI and others lying around as well. So never say never... :)
rhezM Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so.. I assume Liara is your "girl" huh.. Wink/Razz  

well, this is an amazing shot. hats off to you no doubt. terrific job on the rendering setup, because the result is very realistic! the lighting is great, and the way you polished the whole image in ps just made it even more flawless. 

I have a question though, if you don't mind. I see a couple of string like objects on the shoulder area, is that the model's pivots..? 

looking forward to see more from you! and.. in the mean time, maybe you could show us some behind the scene images..? hhe.. just a thought :D
pineappletree Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, what can I say. Blue is my favourite color ... :D

The white lines are supposed to be scratches, following the idea of these pictures being 'good old' analogue photographies. I'm terrible at placing the scratches truely randomly though. They always seem to end up around her shoulders.

And about the 'behind the scene' stuff ... I don't know. Possible, I guess. But I'm not sure how much interesting content is in there, really. Anything in particular you're interested in?
rhezM Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh.. hha.. it looks subtle, so I thought it was pivots where you move the model's body parts.. Wink/Razz 

well.. it's just a little suggestion, perhaps a comparison of the pre and post rendered images.. like those fancy movie vfx break down 
pineappletree Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So some sort of "Making Of", basically? I like the idea. Lemme think about it...
NevilleZhu Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Wonderful, awesome job!
Ymanagan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful !!
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