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Nihlus and Saren - Echoes by efleck Nihlus and Saren - Echoes by efleck
A commission for :iconrhapsodys-fire: .

Nihlus and Saren from Mass Effect, charcoal on 11"x14" paper.

EDIT: Finally got a chance to scan this puppy, so I have replaced the photographed version with this one. Better detail I think.

Ha, cropped my real name off the bottom.

WIP of this drawing is here

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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy WOW Saren's eyes in this one.... Damn. Really well done.
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MaLkAvIaN-pRiMoGeN Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Saren and Nihlus!!! :icontearplz:
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efleck Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Ioialoha Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Fantastic! You know, looking at this I realized, I don't think I've seen another Turian in the games with those extra.. ~things~ on the sides of their heads like Saren has. Wonder if it had significance..
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always wondered about those long cheek thingies too. From what I can tell it isn't explained in any of the games, comics or novels. I have the feeling we may never know...
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Celstir57 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Random comment timing is random: if you look at other turians, you can actually see the things coming off their cheek bones. Saren simply has that headband in between his head and the...spines? Fringe bits?... which appears to have caused their sprouting off to the sides instead of flat against the head as they are on other turians.
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jancz89 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
brothers in arms, great job
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =D
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brrelli Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Dammn Great job with the textures and linework in general. Looks incredible.
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I always really enjoy drawing Saren, and Nihlus too. Great skin texture to work with.
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penfoldini Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Stunning!
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Acavyos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Astonishing artwork! WOW!!! This pic adorns my living room now :P
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efleck Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I am honoured! If you're interested in a high rez version so that you can print it out, let me know. Least I can do for all the hard work you put into your video. :thumbsup:
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Acavyos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you so much that would be totally awesome :D Heh you are familiar with hard work, just look at your cool pictures. I wished i could draw even a little like that!
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm gone for a week, but I will send you a note with a link when I get back. :thumbsup:
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UnperfectStranger Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Beautiful work. It always makes me happy to see great traditional art ^^ Better yet, it has two of my favourite turians <3
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D thank you!

And yes, turians are awesome.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
:wow: This is insanely fabulous work! :heart:
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =D
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001-JeSter-100 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!!! :3
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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BlueNata Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Cool job! Saren looks awesome.
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I am just the conduit of Saren's awesomeness ;)
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FredricLind Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student General Artist
You've done it again! AWESOME! :dance:
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D Glad you like it!
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DeFiveStudios Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
wow this is good
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DeFiveStudios Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
your welcome
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Anjian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Saren's natural eyes. Interesting choice.

Your charcoal work is very clean. Do you use fixative?
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do use fixitive, but only if I'm shipping a drawing. I've been training myself to work from left to right to avoid smudging (it's hard though because certain areas are more interesting to draw than others!).

Saren's glowing eyes were difficult to mimic in charcoal, so I decided to just go with regular eyes. I thought it made him a little less mechanical and a little more 'human'.
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Anjian Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Good luck. And about them eyes... 100% agreed.
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Empress-Cethlisss Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Neehehe. <3 Love these two together. >w> Beautiful charcoal work, as well.
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =D
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Empress-Cethlisss Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
No problem. <3
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Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Beautiful. The details are sublime. All down to the scratches on their armor and the slight wearing of Nihlus's forehead and the... decorations (?) on Saren's jaw. I love Saren's ungloved hand. The background is great; took me some seconds of staring to realize what it is. :)

Lovely work. I hope you make many more.
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah thanks! I had almost finished the drawing and I was staring at their armour wondering what was wrong with it - finally realizing it looked as though they were wearing it for the first time!

Saren had these mechanical parts to him, so the stuff on his jaw is part of that. They actually explain it in one of the ME comics. It's the same reason his eyes glowed in the game.

I've got plans for lots more, no worries ;)
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SquidgyPancake Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
"i move faster on my own, i'm pretty slow thow ^^;"
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, true enough! =D
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SquidgyPancake Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
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AnnMarKo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Ohh I'm amazed by that piece. Wonderful artwork :D
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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vulpeinculta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
that looks really good! I find very difficult to work with charcoal myself, I always make a mess. Your work shows a lot of skill, congrats.
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Charcoal is painful and forgiving. I've been training myself to work from left to right to cut down on smearing... only partially successful. Lol.

Glad you like the drawing! =D
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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
As always your skill just amazes me! This is absolutely fantastic - the detail is almost mind boggling. I'm in awe. :faint:
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bah! The detail was tough in this one - as it was such a large piece of paper.

Glad you like it! =D
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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I loved it!
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AbsoluteApril Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
this is terrific!
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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raconteurr Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely amazing! Turians are the coolest aliens, =]
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