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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 headaches....no 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.

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Bioware's Mass Effect

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:iconmomijifangirl:
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 -
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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!
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NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Epic
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astrid0408 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Sad, but beautiful :heart:
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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. :)
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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 :)
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deviru Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Yeah, I understand. :)
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xvmysteryvx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
very moving! <3s
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GoombaPie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
great work! :)
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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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MissV4d3r Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Love this!!
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:iconjhourney:
Jhourney Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear, thanks :)
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BinkuMuja Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Very thorough, very sweet. You have done an amazing job, congrats!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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BinkuMuja Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
:flowerpot: :boogie: :flowerpot:
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Meleesaw Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks absolutely torn. The emotion in his face is perfect.
I love the details you put into it (no flashy lights because of his headaches). Incredibly touching picture, you did an amazing job!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your lovely words, I love reading how something is coming across :)
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stwu Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
First of all your work is BRILLIANT! Forgive me for being an idiot but I'm confused is Kaidan sending her the vid or is he recieving Sheps vid?
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's receiving the vid...this is my Shep's reply to the mail we got from Kaidan but couldn't answer :)
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Ioialoha Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
this is very nice! i think every shenko fan in ME existence wants to be able to reply to that... thing.. they call a letter lol. his expression is very emotive, well done!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and yes that whole mail system bugged me, read only...tssk lol
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AbsoluteApril Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
oh I really like this, very touching! I wanted to be able to respond to his letter as well. you did a great job with this!!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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luvondarox Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Gah, it drove me nuts that I couldn't reply to his message at all during the game. I must have read it a good twenty times or so. I wound up trying to justify it by thinking of all the times (my) Shepard would have started to make a reply, and either stop because she couldn't figure out what to say, how to say it, or would wind up talking herself out of it (for various reasons). But I figured she'd write "letters" to him, like how some soldiers will do to keep track of things, like a journal or diary. Twas lame, but always made me feel better.

One thing makes me happy, though: apparently Bioware has confirmed that for the Fem!Sheps that stayed true to Kaidan in ME2 will have a chance for a "Romance continuation" in ME3. ^_^
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, Kaidan was 'saved' for ME3 for a 'big role' (according to Bioware), hence the crappy scene at Horizon. There will be consequences for those cheating on their original LI's in ME2, so I guess the faithful will be rewarded in ME3 ;) In any case, Kaidan will be a full romance option again in ME3...no crappy cameos...yay lol
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SeeHangArt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Really nice! I want to live there with him. :iconiloveyouplz:
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww :)
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Romeo-Juliet Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing. My friend found this, and felt compelled to show me. I've been working on writing something to perhaps get them to actually talk sometime after Horizon. This is an amazing, and very moving peice of art, simply becuase of the emotion on his face, and the way you described your motivation. I honestly wish I could come up with things like this, and I honor your work.
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words. I try to create scenes I wish were in the game, in the same way as writing I suppose, and it's great to see people getting what I'm trying to portray :)
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Romeo-Juliet Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Well there's still a chance that something may happen for the third one. Can't wait to see how it happens.
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aznange139 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist
one word....AMAZING!!!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Fluffenstein013 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I think my heartless husk (hurrhurr snort, ect) just cried a little.
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww lol
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sage-queen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
NICE. i really like this. and yes, reply, reply...grrrr....

i had to posty the link to this a few times. :D love it.
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks Sage :)
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MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
*MELT!!*
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe
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leeta0913 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
bioware should employ you.
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Denerith Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I love you!
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh a double dose of love, why thank you :)
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Morgan-of-Salerone Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a good job making the apartment look simple and like a not-very-lived-in place. It does really makes me think of what a citadel apartment would look like if Kaiden lived in it. Also, I absolutely love Kaidan's expression and posing. He looks terribly emotional; I want to know if he's forgiving her, if he's raising his hand in a subconscious desire to touch her, or to put a barrier between them to try to ease a little of the pain. Maybe both? Either way, it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and thank you for the lovely comment :)
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frustratemyself Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Just magic :love:
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:woohoo:
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Noelle1230 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
I love this! I'm not much of a drawer but this amazing I love your Kaidan pics thy're full of emotion especially this one
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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winterqueen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm usually no fan of pieced together 3D materials etc, but this is really well done!
I love the expression on Kaidan's face and his gesture, very nice! :)
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Jhourney Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And for the fave as well :D
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PhoenixalThor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow I love this!
So emotional.
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