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The Reply by Jhourney The Reply by Jhourney
The title speaks for itself I think.

How I wanted to be able to send a reply to Kaidan's mail after Horizon. It was one of the annoyances I felt after my first playthrough. I remember seeing a lot of people writing their own replies on the forum back then but since I'm not that good with words, I wanted a more visual reply.

Despite having the idea, it never became clear in my head. I made other pictures to deal with the response after Horizon, Kaidan waiting for Shepard's reply...but it was never what was in my head.

I wanted Kaidan in his appartment on the citadel and I wanted to actually literally show the reply itself, which meant a vid mail to me ...or whatever it's called.
So I started by piecing together Kaidan's appartment, even fished for what people in the KAST thought on the subject without actually telling them what I was up to :p

I wanted a simple appartment, more of an office with a kitchen and bed, where he would catch up on paperwork, sleep and eat whenever he was on the Citadel. So it had to have Citadel influences without using anything from the Presidium.
The kitchen in the background was a couch at first, but that made the appartment appear to big imo, which wasn't what I was aiming for.

Anyway, I knew it had to be somewhat dark, no flashy lights because of the plants or paintings or true personal touches because to me it was a workspace and Kaidan would hardly be there...but I did want to see some paperwork etc.

And then there was Shepard's hologram thingie and Kaidan's response to both seeing her and hearing what she has to say. THAT was THE most important part for me, I really tried adding a lot of emotion to Kaidan's face and I hope the message is coming across.
I saved that part for last since I spend a lot of time working on the background and its lighting and all sorts of stuff...pffttt.

It was a lot of work but I'm happy to have gotten it out of my system before DA2. I really felt the urge to complete it so I can look forward to a new game without being distracted.

Finally....a reply.

Photoshop screenshot manipulation
Bioware's Mass Effect

Do not copy without my permission.
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Momijifangirl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Beautiful picture!

I wanted to let you know I was partially inspired by this for a fanfiction I recently wrote.
You can find it here if you are interested -
Jhourney Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely read, always great to see people getting inspired one way or the other. I often am too when reading fanfic :) Thanks for sharing!
NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
astrid0408 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Sad, but beautiful :heart:
deviru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
My only complaint is the watermark makes for a terrible desktop photo! Haha, but I'm just terribly selfish. Wonderful manipulation. :)
Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly the watermarks are needed since there are a few people out there who forced me to take that step. All my pics used to be bigger and without watermarks so they could be used as wallpapers. A shame really, but good to hear you like the pic :)
deviru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Yeah, I understand. :)
xvmysteryvx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
very moving! <3s
GoombaPie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
great work! :)
Cardboredbox Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't imagine how long this took. It's amazing. <3
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