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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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Ymanagan Feb 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful !!
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Deemonef Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O:O:O
amazing:clap:
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:iconalexander-syros:
Exquisite work! Thank you so much!
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thedirtyvicar May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tremendous! Ridiculously beautiful :love:
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:iconamix13:
Any updates on color photos or other characters? This is really good though - thanks!
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:iconmegawug:
Amazing... wish I saw this sooner!
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Amalthyria Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The best ever<3
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:iconroszondasz:
This is the best Liara picture I've ever seen!
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Tutafi Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely fantastic!
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