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Saren and Nihlus - Allies by efleck Saren and Nihlus - Allies by efleck
A commission for virtualmorrigan. Saren and Nihlus from Mass Effect. I'd like to think that at one time these two fought together, side by side... and so I felt they deserved a good action shot.

And... I decided to give Nihlus an assault rifle, just for fun.

11x14, charcoal. As with so many of my drawings, I really liked this when I first started, but now I'm feeling a little insecure about it for some reason...

Also... I have to admit, I really enjoyed drawing Saren's crotch for some reason. Please don't ask me why. lol
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Rissikah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Wow beautiful ! So detailed :D
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efleck Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you! =D
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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I totally understand enjoying the drawing of a turian crotch. Yep, we're both going to hell. Maybe hell has turians? :XD: :rofl:
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ShenkoShipper Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha lol XD When I read that part of the bio thingy I was like, some noise along the lines of, "Ftssssss www?"
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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:rofl: :XD: I know XD
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ShenkoShipper Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was funny! rofl 
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efleck Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We can only hope!
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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hahaha seriously! :XD:
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Photographer
OMG THIS MAKES JEN SQUEEEE!! i love it. Saren/Nihlus. yes.
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efleck Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconhurrplz:

This particular patron as requested another Saren/Nihlus drawing, so expect more to come!
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Photographer
yay! i always always love Saren/Nihlus drawings. :D
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ArcanaLegacy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
"I have to admit, I really enjoyed drawing Saren's crotch for some reason. Please don't ask me why. lol"

Im liking you more and more my friend :glomp:
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shhhh.... I did... it was excellent. lol. And drawing Nihlus's chastity belt was almost as awesome.

God I'm twisted.
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Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconitsawesomeplz: Love it! :la:
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! =D =D =D !!
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Madame-Ambrosia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My two favorite turians of all time. Beautiful. They both are. :meow:
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MoonEcho Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I am forever jealous of your ability to work with charcoal and not wind up with all of the charcoal on yourself instead of the paper. I lack this skill.

Also, of course, loving this! Gorgeous as always!
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh geez... I get it everywhere. All up my arms, all over my face. I just wear it around now. I feel like I'm back in university with oil stick all over my face.

:iconimhappylaplz: glad you like it!
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DKVonOtto Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Damn, this is amazing! Almost hard to believe you used charcoal!
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
About as much charcoal on the page as on my arms and face... lol. Glad you like it! =D
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AkatsukiChild Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Nice details... And damn those hot turians! :rage:
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, damn them!!
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AkatsukiChild Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
:icondurrhurrplz:
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Beatiful art :love:
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D =D =D
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Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
No problem ;p
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JMRC24 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
The detail is... like... stunning. I'm so totally awestruck. Nihlus for me, well, his appearance was so short he might as well never have been there at all, but he was kinda kick-ass :XD:. Saren, I just hate... but you drawing kinda makes me like this bad-ass a bit :)

But totally stunning... I so :heart: this
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconimhappierplz:

Nihlus really didn't get enough game time... oh well - just have to make up for it with lots of fanart. Saren was a dick, in the game and the novels, but when I draw him I can't help but make him a little less evil. Maybe it's because I feel bad that I convinced him to shoot himself.

Glad you like it =D
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Nyhtmare Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This might sound weird, but I think my favourite part of this is their hands, I love the way you drew them. All the texture in their suits is amazing as well.
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The hands, especially Saren's, take a lot of my brain power to compute... Hands are almost as bad as faces... almost. If they are wrong, they look really wrong.

The suits were lots of fun to draw. =D =D =D
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FredricLind Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree with the details! Amazing! I'm still so impressed of what a person can do with only charcoal. :omg:

Fantastic work! :D
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I shall continue to awe and amazing... errr at least, that's the plan!
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AnnMarKo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Aww I'm amazed by the details once again. They both look so real. Great job^^
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! =D
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vulpeinculta Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Saren's crotch looks pretty impressive! LOL

:D

And Nihlus looks like a boss, as usual.
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know what I've realized... Nihlus has only to show up in a drawing and he looks like a boss. lol! Maybe because I can't help but draw him with his head down so we can see his fancy tattos/face paint whatever it is.

And Saren's crotch... well... lol. What can I say. A lot of love went into that... wait... that sounds wrong...
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Padzi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<take a look at Saren's crotch>
>_>
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<_<
...
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Why u're so good at drawing Turians?!
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<also takes a look a saren's crotch>
....
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...
...
:iconmegustaplz:
The voices in my head tell me how...

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Padzi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll never thought that I'll be looking at Saren's crotch...
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I want to hear them too in this case. :trollface:
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icongarrussaysplz::iconsaysplz: turian crotches... EVERYWHERE...
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Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is beautiful. There can never be enough art with these two. I imagine Saren's left arm is resting on Nihlus's back. But that's just me. :)

One little detail that sort of bothers me, and not just here, but in most renditions of the pair, is that everybody seems to assume that Saren was taller than Nihlus. He wasn't: [link] Perhaps the artists do this to hint that Saren is somehow "above" Nihlus? Which doesn't agree with how I think of them. To borrow words from a friend, Nihlus died as a Spectre, and Saren as a traitor.

Sorry for the rant - it's not a critique of this wonderful drawing, just... musings of an obsessed fan. :)

They *did* fight together at one time: Nihlus was Saren's trainee before he became a Spectre and the training lasted for about a year. But Saren probably wasn't... upgraded yet at that time.

Saren appears without Sovereign's upgrades in the comic called "Evolution" and you can see some pages from it here: [link]
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love rants =D

I left the arm out for esthetic reasons, but the general consensus seems to be phantom hug, lol.

As for the height thing, I did make them those heights on purpose. Against esthetic (which is always a huge battle for me, whether to favour accuracy or esthetics) mostly because I wanted a high point in the center and then a lower point to balance out the raised gun, so to make up for it I sort of made Nihlus put his head down a bit so that possibly he'd be taller standing straight up (though if you look at their waists, that probably wouldn't be so). Other artists might portray them with Saren taller because he's older? or more experienced? Don't know. Or maybe because he's shot Nihlus he is more powerful? LOL, now I'm ranting.

So he did train Nihlus... I can never remember what actually happened and what I've started to make up in my head.

I have actually been thinking about doing a non-upgraded Saren drawing. I wish that Evolution comic had explained why Saren had those crazy pointy cheek antlers. Or at least they could show us some other turian's that have them.

No worries about the rants. Rants are good. If you care enough to comment, it's enough for me!
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Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Saren's brother, Desolas, has the... "antlers" too. So it's safe to presume they're a rare genetic trait.
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhh that's right. I had completely forgotten about that. Well, I feel significantly better about it now, seeing as it wasn't just something specific to Saren. I just... really want to see more turians with them!

My list of demands for ME3 is getting rather lengthy, lol...
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wizjer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Today is a day when I totally have no words. Arts are amazing, one better than other. And this one is - best.
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D =D =D =D =D
Thank you!!
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They're both absolutely kick-ass. Saren is mostly "And that's ALL you got?" while Nihlus has this "Come get some!" grin. Very heroic ;), I wonder who or what they're fighting.
And I absolutely love it :)
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I'm so glad you like it. I was going for the whole, bursting out on the scene through the smoke and ready to kick ass look.

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Dragonwyrd316 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely fantastic!!!! Two of my favorite turians!

And with the dirty mind I have, if I could draw, I'd really enjoy drawing both of their crotches. Just sayin'...
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efleck Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for turian crotches! ah ahaha! I'm glad you like it... though I think I got a little obsessive about the details.

I should just start a gallery of turian crotches. Excellent...
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