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Commander Shepard Doubts by Gigi-FenixPhoenix Commander Shepard Doubts by Gigi-FenixPhoenix
So, finally I did it! I've been meaning to draw Commander Shepard of the game Mass Effect for a long time, but I was daunted. It's a game I love so much, that I didn't want to screw up my tribute.

I also wanted to have Shepard in a bleak mood. ME3 is the game where Shepard starts to question herself and her ability to lead the war. So I chose to have her in her dream background, which already seems desolate and colorless. Ashes raining down and Javik's words ringing in her head. I also added some scars because, no matter what you did, in ME3 you had to embrace your renegade side.

Shepard will forever be one of my favorite characters. So thank you bioware for creating such a memorable game.

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*I fixed the red stripped in the armor, which made the arm look weird. The arm is pressing down on her leg and tilted inwards, so the strip should move inwards as well. :)

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Shepard Series
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Commander Shepard -- Doubt
[link] Commander Shepard -- Resolution
[link] Commander Shepard --Synthesis
[link] Commander Shepard --Destroy
[link] Commander Shepard --Control
Commander Shepard --Peace
[link] Commander Shepard --Regrets
[link] Commander Shepard -- Refusal

BONUS:
[link] Wallpaper

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The Shepard Files
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*the first link would be the fanfic, the second the image that goes with it

[ONE] Colonist [link] [link]
[TWO] Colonist/Sole Survivor [link] [link]

[THREE] Spacer
[FOUR] Spacer/Ruthless

[FIVE] Earthborn
[SIX] Earthborn/War Hero

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:iconcontraband42:
Contraband42 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
"The silence is your answer."
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
I love Javik's character!
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WalkingDotStudio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice piece. Love the bit of wisdom in there. :) Just a suggestion but should it read "and ask their ghosts if honour matters"? This sounds like a quote from the game but I don't remember where...
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Thanks, and yeah, it's a direct quote from the text (that's how Javik --Prothean DLC-- said it to Shepard). I agree that it would sound better, but I wanted to keep it how he said it ;) Thanks for the suggestion nonetheless.
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WalkingDotStudio Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. If that's the way Javik said it I'm good with it. 'Cause Javik's the Mastah! :)
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
He definitely has some of the best quotes of ME3 and he adds a lot to the lore. The only quote he can't beat is Mordin's: Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong." It gets me all teared up, that scene. D:
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WalkingDotStudio Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Must go to YouTube and watch...RIGHT NOW...
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Short-Change-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:'( <3
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
I know D: Thanks! :hug:
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Short-Change-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
np Hug 
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Mastermind109 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Love this picture a lot. It reminds me of  why I started play the game in the first place.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Thank you! I just loved those momentary weaknesses and doubts that plagued Shepard during the third game.
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Lanca226 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Oh! I never made the connection between the dream sequences and Javiks conversations. But Shepard literally is standing in the ashes of those that died before him/her. Javik really does provide a lot of insight into the games themes ....


Nice deviation.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thanks! I agree, too bad Javik was DLC because a lot of people missed his input. He seemed so important to understanding the past lore, that he should have been part of the game from the beginning (meaning not DLC).
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student
Shepard wonders that if she DOES manage to stop the Reapers, if there will be anyone left that she has saved
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
And she dreads the thought
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halomom86 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
YES! Exactly what I think is going on in femsheps head!   sorry for excitement, it's just so beautifully sad!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thank you! I still love that scene, where she loses the Asari homeword and she leans on the wall, utterly defeated, possibly blaming herself for the failure. Such a strong character being show in a moment of vulnerability... made her human for me.
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DreamSeeker13 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The grays and desolation are a visual form of doubt itself. I'm finding myself speechless, unable to put to words how you've captured the feeling doubt here. I can feel the weight of it.

There's not much more can say. I'm sorry. I wish I could say more, but damn, girl. Beautifully done.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thank you for your kind words! I do hope you get the opportunity to play it! It's awesome!
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Aneksunamun Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Very touching. She looks like the sadness itself in flesh.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Thank you! I always loved that the games didn't make her a perfect fictional character. Shepard was able to crumble and doubt herself, making her real. We've all been there, maybe not in comparable odds, but the attention to detail in regards to human nature was appreciated!
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Aneksunamun Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yeah, you are right, definitely. I always liked that they made her very close to real people with their mistakes and failures.
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LoveMelianor Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for your touchy artworks and wonderful descriptions!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Aw! Thank you for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed it! :hug:
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LoveMelianor Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't mention! :) Your works are a real pleasure to look and read through.
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Sevnes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Javik's words are so harsh...but yet so true.  
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I think that's what I liked about him. His harshness is the shell he need in order to function, especially considering his horrible fate. I wouldn't want to be the last of my kind, it would be a daunting curse.
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Unknown-Substance Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truely a work of art!!
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Thank you, glad you think so! :hug:
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Harbiger152 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Yes it still would ! It is better to die with Glory than live in shame.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Agreed! :hug:
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Harbiger152 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Good to hear that !
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silverleaf02 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
OMG! I got chills from looking at this. She looks so much like my Shepard its scary.

I can't imagine what Shepard was thinking towards the end and how many doubts they had. This captures the weight of all the choices you had to make.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. And yeah, I wanted to capture the moment when she realizes everything that has been forced upon her. I think it would daunt anyone to have the fate of the human race on your shoulders. Shepard had the entire galaxy's fate, though.
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The recurring nightmare varies though the circumstances always the same. First leaving Earth. Second an old friend hangs between life and death. Third another old friend dies for the future of a cured race if you went that way with the genophage. Fourth a dying man falls in defense of a stranger. Fifth another perishes for his species evolution especially if you manage to broker a peace for the Geth and Quarians. Sixth comes the defeat on Thessia and perhaps the doom of an entire race.

At every turn, at every failure - so Shepard doubts and it finds voices as well as faces in a dream turn nightmare where all was for naught.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It's what makes the character believable. The fact that if you pound on Shepard long and hard enough, he/she's bound to break at some point. And even if he/she stands back up to face the drums of destiny, it would never be as before. Event forever change you and defeats... well, they forever mark you.
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There was also being near death in a coma for two years - that too changed Shepard though coming back and fighting for the lives of all in the face of some ancient design well that too.

Each and every even etched deeply - so yes the doubts make the Shepard human.
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lainiewench Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
That is one of my favourite quotes from Mass Effect 3. Forgive me if I have 'sadness' as my feedback. That evoked perfect sadness in me. Thankyou.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you very much! In a weird way... I'm glad I made you sad? Or rather, I'm glad I was able to inspire the feeling of just... Shepard's painful but sweet defeat.:hug:
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Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
#ArtSupporters has featured you :)
Thank you for playing the MOST FAVED DEVIATION GAME!

We are now organizing a new game, which theme is A DEVIATION YOU ARE PROUD OF: [link]
Would you play again with us? :la:
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thanks! And yeah! I'll play! I love the games :)
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Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Oh, you didn't screw up at all. :) But you DID improve later.
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you very much! :hug:
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful. And yeah Javik has amazingly insightful lines, great choice for this :)
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thanks! I borrowed from Javik quite a few quotes. He just has the most chilling lines. I think that's why I used an entire play through where I kept him in my party all the time. He's best banter is with Wrex and against the salarians.
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh yes, I've done the exact same thing. Javik is a fascinating character, I love him to death. I actually just finished an art piece featuring him and Legion, I couldn't help it :XD:
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
He's just too cool. I kind of wish you could recruit Zaeed into your squad in ME3. I'm thinking the conversations between Javik and him would be quite funny.
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He is. The Master Troll to be sure, especially for Liara :XD:
HA! They would probably have some epic conversations. :XD:
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Gigi-FenixPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
And Tali. :)
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