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Keelah Se'lai by thelivingmachine02 Keelah Se'lai by thelivingmachine02
"By the homeworld I hope to see one day"

Tali has always been one of my favorite characters since the first game. so you can kinda tell how disappointed i was with the whole stock photo thing. like mentioned in my sketch, i drew her in a more fitting setting with some tiny changes.

looking back at the artbooks of Mass Effect, they had a lot of interesting ideas for Tali's (quarian) face. for this piece i just blended some of the concepts i thought would work well with the face Bioware shows in the photo. she doesn't look much alien like i'd like her to be, but i think she came out complementing both the concept art and final product.

ha, i just realized that this picture wouldn't make much sense either. unless Shepard has a built-in camera on her omni-tool or something. oh well.
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darksmirf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Better Tali face than the one ME3 gave us.
Nbbren Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Better then just photoshoping some google image
nork Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wish she really looked like this in the game!
XHallow Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
see that's how it should have happen but noooo
hanzo66 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Reminds me of Saint Walker of Green Lantern.

I like it. Makes her look distinctly alien while attractive still.
ArtieStroke Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Keelah Se'lai?
More like Tequila Se'lai
MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Digital Artist
cabal-art Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice take on Tali's face. I like it :)
NachoMon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
good work
"unless Shepard has a built-in camera on HER omni-tool" - how did you get the scene with tali's photo?
It's quite logical that Tali is not on that photo. Do you really think that she will risk getting sick for one picture? I think she would have taken someones picture and make it look like her.(am I the only one who think that person on ingame picture looks like miranda)
Radu-B Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course there's a camera in the omni-tool. Half the time, when you're scanning alien tech and scrap metal for credits, you're taking a snapshot of it, flash and everything.

Awesome Tali!
GingerTheArcanine123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Am I the only one who started saying Keelah Se'lai to people after playing this game?
And calling my girlfriend Siha?
Okay ; 3 ;
Ojunix Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Wow just Wow you Outdone yourself this is just Amazing & Beautiful I have no Words for it :D
& Yes I absolutely hated the photoshop stock photo made me so Mad that an Important Character like Tali would be insulted like that >: (
I think you done an Excellent Job with the Sketches of Tali Face from the Artbook
PluckyNinja Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Nicely done. And really, how hard would it have been for Bioware to actually make a mesh of her face for ME3, anyway? I wish they didn't take such a lazy route with her unmasking, but hey, she's still my favorite ME character regardless. :)
Dhatz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
theere's 3 words that summarize ME3: mess mess mess. Audio engine almost nonexistent, reaper invasion on earth extremely underwhelming and oversimplified and I heard the ending's shit, but I didnt get there yet(dang i should move it). I would get offended if I had to miss Javik if I didn't have the DLC.
wildcatpilot Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
MrWetTowels Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I guess...... I really like what bioware did for talks face (Woah I think bioware did good?!) but yeah still good
Mihoshi5 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Beautiful art :heart:
Ruthac-Arus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To note, Shepard's omni tool does have a camera. It's used in one of the Citadel side quests. So wonder no more. =P

Interesting that you had a similar idea to me, using the concept(s) from the art book to try your hand at a face concept. Though I made mine before ME3 came out. Wanted to see how close I could get if/before there was an official rendition.
SirIssac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
gread picture from Tali`s face.
ComradeRichard Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I think this may be my favorite unmasked Tali concept, now if only we could get someone to do something like this while also taking into account all quarians have cybernetics...
martianmister Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Reminds me Star Wars.
the-Jefe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
To be honest her eyes scare me.
KR4U55 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, could have been worse...
RougeGunner Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Of course Omni-tools have cameras built into them. They're OMNI-tools, they're loaded with more features than an iPhone duct taped to a Swiss Army knife.
bellastarshine Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I alway wonder what is under her mask!!!
partingwaters Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keeeeelah... Beautiful picture
LM888 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Pretty good, just one thing does she have ears? Tali never really looks all that well with ears too similar to humans. I don't like Tali being an outright space elf. None of the other aliens have ears after all.
theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful :)
quiklain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
yes the stock model picture just doesn't fit with the rest of the character
hi we are aliens with 3 fingers and 2 toes oh yeah and somewhat digigrade legs but we got faces like models.......sorry bioware you screwed the pooch
ronvarone Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
It's not like the stock photo was the worst part though... Amazing drawing. Once I got to that part I immediately called my friend. (Earlier he told me that he royally messed up on that mission). I like my version better :3
Mattpwnsall Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Artist
Cool picture, bro :D

May the Gods be with you, Keelah Se'lai :D I just love saying that and feeling the way it rolls off my tongue :XD: :D
Maxamillion2009 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Writer
THAT is the face i wanted to see on Rannoch!
smashbrawlguy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On one hand, they used a stock photo. On the other hand, Tali's the spitting image of a human beauty queen.
Dostriamai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
You know...I really, REALLY wish tali had been some kind of horror under from the neck up she was just tentacles with two eyestalks. Just SOMETHING to hold off the "Quarians are space elves" idea that's been going around....

Still this is pretty good...
ColoradoMillenium Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Wow now you're doing Mass Effect pictures too! XD
austinnm66 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
this is a better picture then the one in mass effect 3
Metroidfan92 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I agree 100%. Hell honestly, I would've been perfectly happy if we never saw her face lol. Sometimes the mystery is much more entertaining. Still, your variation is awesome =D
RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
OH and i think every time Tali took off her mask especially the romance scene, we should have seen her face and how she looks. I love the pic but theres no exception for not being able to see her face whenever she takes off her helmet
RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful job on this and really love the eyes =) i think she and all Quarians should have like facial markings/ tattoos like with the ones Turians and Asari have but my theory is how Quarians have tougher skin and they have markings on their ships and buildings so i could see them having markings on their faces to represent families and ships and what not
GothicSora Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think oddly that the thing that I'm most made at Bioware for in this game is that we still haven't seen her face without the mask!
PostmodernD Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Better than what we got. Dont see why it would have been so hard to do something like this. Good jb.
THE-shining-light Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks like a left out character from LoZ twilight princess. looks good too.
dragonmp93 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
something i dont understand is if people are pissed of because is a stock photo ? or because that mean that tali doesnt look like the alien that everyone thought ? or both ?
Lurchibald Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
lol The Omnitool can turn into a sword, why not a camera? XD
paxtofettel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
At least she looked humanoid.
Dotmw Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
You should see if Bioware is hiring...if you would still want to work for Bioware after this
China-China Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
>YFW fan art beats the original stock photo
>YFW EA/bioware got lazy on their asses and use a photo
>MFW this beats anything Bioware can think off
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I really wish they'd have given us something like this.

But then again, I suppose the mystique surrounding what she really looks like is a fairly integral part of her and her chaarcter. So on that level I suppose I can tolerate not being shown in the game.
GodzillaD1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Me too
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