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Jack: Introspection by Archeopteryx-Lyrica Jack: Introspection by Archeopteryx-Lyrica
Or, 'Drawing Strength from Old Wounds.' A tribute to Jack, or Subject Zero, from Mass Effect.

Whew. I got unusually ambitious with the background. It took a lot of work, and I'm not completely pleased with it, but it's done. I may experiment with alternative backgrounds later. I am quite happy with how the figure turned out, though.

Colored pencil, technical pens, and white pigment pen on 14x17 bristol.

Jack and Mass Effect (c) Bioware
Artwork (c) Catie Compson
No use without permission and/or attribution blah blah blah thanks.
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Shad0w878 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014   Writer
Wow this is really awesome one of my more favorite depictions of her if I may say so.
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Of course you may not! There are no compliments allowed on this site. Juusst kidding. Thank you muchly!
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Unknown-Substance Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAMN!!!! You are amazing!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Baw, thanks!
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Vampireguardian Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
This is simply AMAZING, wow all of those details, the shading and depth. I really love Jack's expression, did you have a reference for this, either way, its mind blowing-ly good!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Oh, yes, I DEFINITELY had to use references. The Mass Effect Universe art book and the Jack model references provided by :icontroodon80: were invaluable in making this picture. I never would have gotten her outfit and tattoos accurate without them. :heart: I stared at the tv screen for a long time to do the lineart for the background because I couldn't find any references for the engineering sub-deck. I changed the colors and object placement a bit.
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Vampireguardian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Well you did an amazing job, I am just in awe of it really. I wish I had the skill to bring such a scene to life like you did. However I don't but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy other's work who can!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, shucks. Well thank you again, and I'm glad you enjoy it!
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CadetotheEndFTW Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
You know there is an Easter Egg that if you fail to save Jack (if she survived the suicide mission) in Mass Effect 3 from the Academy, she is turned into a Phantom. Spoiler alert :p
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I heard about that. I'd never let that happen to her! NEVAAAR!!
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CadetotheEndFTW Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Yeah. Have you seen the Easter Egg about what happens to Legion if you turn him in to Cerberus?
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
uhhh... I don't think so. What is it?
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CadetotheEndFTW Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
He becomes Legion Assassin.
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hotrod5 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing, I love it! :)
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lycoris36 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so awesome! :O

Your colouring is so amazing!!!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks!
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Lycoris36 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^_^
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:+fav:ed black&white stage, :+fav:ed colored without background and now :+fav:ed finished work - 3 of 3 I win! :XD:
Seriously though, impressive coloring! :clap: (especially cause I did try a few times to color with pencils and every time finished version looked like a work of five year old :XD:)
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! Thanks for your support! I appreciate it a lot.

It still looks too bright/colorful to me. I may make more of the blues blacks and dull the yellows. But for now I need a break. Backgrounds are bloody exhausting.
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My psychotic-biotic pleasure! ^^

Yeah, I can see what you mean but doesn't change my opinion about it's current state ;)
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TheArtributor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done. The vertical light beam (the thing not pleased with) does look odd. I think if you smudged, or diffused it, the beam will look a lot better. Everything else is rendered perfectly - even her tattoos.
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I may try that. Though I think I need a break from this piece.
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TheArtributor Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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fainmaca Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
This is awesome. Catches the essence of her perfectly.

Also love seeing some classic Jack around. I miss her shaved look.
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have noticed most depictions are her ME3 look, which I also like a lot. I just hadn't played 3 at this point (and really really like her tattoos :D).
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Big-Wired Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I love Jack, and this was an awesome, fantastic piece of art that you drew!

How long did it take you to draw this? I'm only starting to get back into drawing art, and I imagine that the tattoos alone would have taken you hours! They're so detailed and clear!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!

I never really time myself, and I took time off from this piece a lot because of troubles with the background, but I'd guess it took upwards of 20 hours. I enjoyed working on the figure a lot more than the background (the background seemed to take forever...). The tattoos were difficult but gratifying to work on.
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, the colors look MUCH more better this time around! I don't remember what I wrote in the one you posted yesterday :lol:, but lets try again :XD:

Congratulations on finishing such a complicated piece! :o There's tons and tons of hard work here, it's more than evident and I love that, you truly rock baby! :w00t:

I actually was under the impression that the previous WIP was the finished piece :lmao:, when I saw that you also made a very nice, fitting background to go along with the always beautiful Jack, it truly blown my mind :+favlove:+:iconichaincameplz:. I was about to send a request, but you've already submitted it home :D. It's going to featured!
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, that other one was really yellow and out of focus. Sorry about the confusion. I knew I shouldn't have posted a 'placeholder'.

Thank you so much! You've seen this through all the way from the beginning, and been very supportive. It means a lot!

I'm going to keep the 'no background' Jack up. Backgrounds aren't my forte, and I like them both about the same.
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you were going to replace the image, not delete it :ohnoes:! I hope you didn't miss many comments or very worthy favs :o!

It's been my pleasure to follow through your progress! it's very often that I see all sorts of very talented deviants not having the will to finish their Jack fanarts (and I totally understand them, it's a hell of a lot of work, effort and detail!). But it's truly amazing that not only you were able to finish it, but you also made a very damn fine artwork, and with traditional media, which is always much, much harder than any digital one.

And finally, putting my Jack fanboy bias aside, I personally think you quite raised the bar and that this could be one of your very best deviations to the date :clap:. Again, congrats! :rose:
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think I did miss some requests, I just didn't want that version to be the representative for the piece. I'm not used to this group stuff. A couple groups requested the shitty version but not this one. Oh well.

Thank you!! :heart:
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not if I have something to do about it :floating: *sends some group recommendations*

;) :hug:
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awww! Thank you so much!! :heart: :heart:
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Deemonef Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!!!

jack is my Favorite ME-Girl, and your Art hit her perfectly.

Like your style of drawing. Awesome work:D
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! Thank you!
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Kiramarys Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
WOAH! A lot of work in that drawing! It's great that Jack uses the edge of the pic to lean on! :clap:
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ha ha! Thanks!
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Tenor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very nice work! I love the amount of detail you put in! The tattoos look great and I seriously want those boots. >__>
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I like her boots a lot, too. They seem very durable. And heavy...
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Tenor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
You're welcome! And I agree, they do. Possibly a part of the appeal to them? ;D
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Archeopteryx-Lyrica Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Definitely!
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