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One Last Moment by KaraNan One Last Moment by KaraNan
This is the second time within a month that I've stayed awake for ungodly hours to draw Mass Effect fan art. Do I have a problem?

Either way, here's something I had to do after witnessing BioWare's downright disgraceful treatment of Thane's romance arc. Why, BioWare, why? :'(

This one's inspired by Thane's line in ME2 when talking about vacations "I'd very much like to see a desert," he says. Neither he nor Shepard has time for vacations when huge, robot monster squids attack, though. This is the best she can do... circumstances being what they are.

I was thinking of making two or more of these and put in more "frames", making it more like a comic. However, I coincidentally learned about the Thane Fanbook Project during the process, so I decided to contribute and keep it like this due to the limited time frame. I might do another version if I still need to get it out of my system.

PS. I cried like a silly babby and had to put down the controller for a few minutes when you-know-what happened. I wasn't even romancing Thane in my first playthrough! D:
Awesome writing right there (unlike the romance).


Used Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet + a crapload of screenshots for reference.
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:icontenyume-kasumi:
Tenyume-Kasumi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Nonononononono-
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EpicFemShep Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww. This is beautiful... and so touching. :') Nice work. 
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it c:
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audieleigh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

I completely agree with you. that's why im writing him a better ending. heehee. I love this.

 

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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :3

And good luck with your writing!
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thankfully, we have fanart to fill in the gaps. This is so touching, such a wonderful, peaceful moment. :heart:
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heh, true.

Thank you <3
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:iconpistachioinfernal:
PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
You're welcome :heart:
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ilovefurrsuits123 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
them feels :iconfeelsplz:
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halvwyn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I havenīt played through ME3 yet, but I stumbled upon the scene and the citadel scenes for romance and oh my goooood....TT.TT

This is a gorgeous picture on another note!!!!
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I still haven't done a romanced playthrough for Thane, heh.

Thank you :3
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:icondestinysihavalentine:
So cute!
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:3 Thanks.
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axel-kitty Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried too in ME3 in the hospital ;_; my brother even cried

this is just lovely :)
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you.


I think a lot of people cried. It really felt like losing a friend.
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NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ASSUMING CONTROL OF THIS PAGE
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Uh-oh!

Thanks for the fave ;)
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:iconnickolieshepard:
NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Np keep up the good work.......But I'm still in control of this page
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am a die-hard fangirl of the Shrios romance arc(even did an INCREDIBLY fluffy fanfic of it where he doesn't die, doesn't have Kepral's, gets to be and stay happy, etc., if you want the link, PM me, I'd be happy to share the luff of fluff.), and I totally agree with you, they completely SCREWED poor Thane in ME3. I saw this and choked up, and I admit it, a fangirl tear or two was shed.
Beautiful fucking job man, seriously perfection. Much love for your amazing face.

~love~
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww, you make this (fangirl) artist a very happy one. I painted this one as a kind of... catharsis, I suppose. It's very heartening to know others get something out of it as well.
Thank you for the comment. :3
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very much so, it was my desktop background for 3 days (and I usually change it every 5 minutes so that should tell you something), thoroughly enjoyed it, and was almost brought to tears every time I minimized a window! love love love!

Much love for your amazing face,

~love~
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my, I'm honored!

Thank you once again! <3
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^.^
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Evolvana Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I was romancing Thane and was happy to see him in ME3 but it's so tragic :( you did a lovely fanart.
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Tragic is the word.

Thank you.
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Nifriel Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing this and listening to "The end once and for all" at the same time, made me cry. :( I hate ME3 for moments like "that one with Thane". :( Anyway lovely artwork. :)
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm honored. Thank you.
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Nifriel Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :) And as I see, I'm not the only one who is bothered by no reaction about Thane's death. It's strange, cause Garrus and Tali knew him from ME2. They were standing in front of that memorial panel and nothing? I was crying too as the player, and what about them? :(
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I even read somewhere that the writers kind of... forgot about Thane after his death. That's all kinds of upsetting.
I'll stay hopeful for DLC or some acknowledgment of some kind... I dunno. Just something.
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Writer
I liked the way BioWare handled it. We knew he was going to die and it was a touching moment. Made his actions trying to save the Councilor that much more baddass and Shepard gives it back to Lt. Bastard Kei Leng ten fold.
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I loved how the scene truly tugged at my heartstrings. It definitely had some powerful and beautiful writing, not denying that. What I don't like is how the romance was handled. I think as just friends, the whole death thing is near perfect.

The one thing that bothers me the most, however, is that there is absolutely no reaction from either Shepard nor the crew after Thane's death. Save for stabbing said Lt. Bastard.
If I could have my Shepard actually be upset about it (it was jarring when I, as the player, was crying my eyes out while Shepard merrily went on to chat up the crew), I'd be very much fine with it. Right now it seems like BioWare just plain forgot about him.
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nynuwe Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Or you know, they could have given people who had romanced Thane another option. I still feel like they just wanted Thane to get over and done with. Yes, the parting is the kind of tragic love story that gives bitter sweet sorrow, but not everyone is into that. In a world where you can take a bunch of meat and tubes and turn that back into a living human, it just seems like they were being too rushed by EA games to think of a questline with proper differing outcomes. Sure for those that feel it is proper for Thane to die, give them that. But what about those who feel that looking for a cure or some way to extend Thane's life and improve his condition well enough for him to get back in action is more exciting? It's fiction afterall, no one can say they can't do it. They made up the illness, they might as well make up some kickass way to counter it. But no, lets just kill the drell off and let Fem Sheps have extremely limited amount of LIs after that. For many Fem Sheps, that only leaves with with Liara, and I don't think I have to explain how that is well.... not well received. But the worst part is that BioWare actually have hints of being able to cure Thane to be a possibility, and look how it got shut down. Lets face it, when it comes to Fem Shep who romanced Thane, the writers could have put forth more options. Is having options in a videogame so bad, knowing that it helps satisfy everyone at the end? I guess EA Games thought it was... >.>

Anyways, enough with my rant. I love they way you made the "camera shots" if you call it that, and the lightning. It gives it an ethereal feel to the piece. Makes it very lovely. I especially love the panel where Shep pours sand into Thane's hand. The piece is very beautifully done. Heck, maybe you should forward this piece to BioWare and help them get better ideas in the future. lol XD
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KaraNan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great comment!
I agree with you on this one, 100%. In a perfect world, there'd be no chance in hell Shepard would just stand by and let the love of her life die. Galactic war or not. Just no, BioWare. It's Commander frigging Shepard! As you said, they science'd her back to life, curing Thane can't be impossible!
The fact that all those 'cure hints' amounted to nothing was really disappointing. Sure, him dying was one of the most powerful moments in the game. It just didn't NEED to happen in a romanced playthrough. I cried enough when he was just Shepard's friend. FemShep got so shafted in the LI department. No argument there.

That said, this is my way of dealing with what we got. Thank you kindly for the feedback! :3
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Writer
Okay.
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KaniKaniza Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
God! Just the though of Thane....Thane...! *wails and hugs you* Thank you for the beautiful work! T^T Thane forever!!!
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And thank you for the comment!
Hugs are always appreciated. :3
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:iconkanikaniza:
KaniKaniza Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
So very welcome! Thane always needs more love! And your drawing is just that! Even if it's sad that I want to bawl my eyes out T^T
Hugs galore! :hug: :glomp: :hug: :glomp: :hug: :glomp:
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3!

I really hope BioWare takes our display of love for Thane to heart.
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:iconkanikaniza:
KaniKaniza Featured By Owner May 2, 2012


They need to T^T
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AislinnTrista Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me cry. ;_; I wish we could have spent more time with Thane before he died. I'm still so angry about all of it.
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww... You're not alone!
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mythlover20 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Writer
This is a digital painting, right? Just so we know the specifics for the medium.
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes, it is a digital painting made in Photoshop CS5 with a Wacom tablet.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my contribution!
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mythlover20 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I stopped playing my Margurite's pt after his death, and I don't intend to continue her pt until after they fix Thane. If they don't, well, I'm writing Invictus still, so I'll give her a happier-ish ending if they won't.

Thanks for contributing this to the Fanbook. It's absolutely beautiful. Riara will have your page back to you soon, and I'll proofread it after.

Cheers, darl. :hug:

Sharlene
mythlover20
Thane Fanbook Project DA Co-Founder, Artist Liason, Editor, Proofreader, Contributor, .... etc....
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Feena-c Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*spoilers*
You know that something ended poorly when the romance were the LI dies becomes the best and happiest romance.
*sits in dark corner* I'm coming to you soon Thane.
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:iconkaranan:
KaraNan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think that's the only redeeming factor of Shepard's fate in the ending...
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OliviaNooblets Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All my tears.
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Dankia Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Awesome work. I cried too when I played it. I cried several times during the game, Mordin, Thane and then Legion. Why did we have to lose such great Chars! But Thane was the one that made me actually stop the game for a day, then go back.
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KaraNan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :3

Yeah I guess none of us can complain about the game lacking impact.
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nynuwe Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's like how J.K. Rowling handled the Death Bat at the end of the Harry Potter series. Let's kill off everyone that had interesting personalities in the end, to add that extra "unff" to the plot.

If it's not dark and angsty, then people won't feel its emotional enough. -.-

Needless to say, I want to see more happy endings around. But this is just my opinion. >.>
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