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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.


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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:iconmatyd33:
matyd33 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I love this one. There is something about Liara's expression like she's a little embarrassed but also kind of happy to be able to strut her stuff a little. I would LOVE to see you do one of Liara and Femshep together! 
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arkavan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Another great one! Well done :clap:
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:iconfuturamajsp:
FuturamaJSP Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply beautiful! better than most of the portraits I've seen of any real life humans :icongrin--plz:
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks!
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:iconrhezm:
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) 
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:iconpineappletree:
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... :)
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:iconrhezm:
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
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:iconpineappletree:
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?
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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 
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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...
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NevilleZhu Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Wonderful, awesome job!
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:iconymanagan:
Ymanagan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful !!
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Deemonef Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O:O:O
amazing:clap:
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Alexander-Syros Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Exquisite work! Thank you so much!
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thedirtyvicar Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tremendous! Ridiculously beautiful :love:
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Ispok8 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
<3
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Amix13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Any updates on color photos or other characters? This is really good though - thanks!
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:iconmegawug:
megawug Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Amazing... wish I saw this sooner!
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:iconladyofazzaroth:
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The best ever<3
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:iconroszondasz:
roszondasz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is the best Liara picture I've ever seen!
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:icontutafi:
Tutafi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely fantastic!
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bili1996 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Pineappletree, you've a real talent, keep going on man. And thank you for your great fan art
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DanielGlaber Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Must not fall in love with fictional character :P
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:iconpyroawl:
pyroawl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Simply Beautiful!
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:iconfivestarlane:
fivestarlane Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is truly stunning. One of the most lifelike renditions of an Asari I've ever seen.
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SirKibblesTheThird Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Absolutely amazing!
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Larask18 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Super awesome :)
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Bitterschock Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
woha that amazing
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:iconpennlocke:
Pennlocke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Just recently became a Liaramancer, this is absolutely gorgeous. Favorited ^^
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LiaraxTsoni Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Need... More...*gasp*... Liara... Feel... Feel...-ing weak!
I hope you haven't ended the series already! (%u2022,~%u2022)
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Leesard Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Amazingly simple and beautiful.
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:iconjay357:
jay357 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she's gorgeous :iconcblushplz:
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lonefox95 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a truly astonishing piece of art. It is amazing and looks real.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bit late, but thank you!
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:iconlonefox95:
lonefox95 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome
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FenrirSPhantom Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Great work, honestly how do you make Mass Effect artwork this good?
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, bit late, but thank you!

And I guess I know my tools and love the games ... ;)
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Rooseveldt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
brilliant, i love it
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bit late, but thanks!
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:iconmichaelmke:
michaelmke Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely amazing!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DresssKod Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Master!
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks!
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darkMyke Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This little series of yours is really quite intriguing. Great to see what you can achieve with the in game models and some (maybe more likely a lot ;) ) work to improve upon it. The realism of your pieces is wonderful, thanks to the lighting and subtle but important post processing. My only minor complaint would be that her skin is maybe a tad too shiny (her forehead especially)...but then again, who has ever seen an asari for real, might just be my imagination ;)
Did I mention I like the look of hers, gazing into the future?
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bit late, but thank you! *bows*

And depending on the lighting conditions Liara's skin can look surprisingly shiny in the game actually. :)


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ArticulatedHypernova Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
This is absolutely amazing, liara is depicted perfectly here. Totally beautiful. Love it.
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so.

Thank you!
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BlackLion310 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The image looks very realistic, very well done! :D
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:iconpineappletree:
pineappletree Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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