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my wife's tali zorah redesign in 3d by nebezial my wife's tali zorah redesign in 3d by nebezial
just had some zbrush fun with my wife's old fanart of mass effects tali zorah. it is a topic that annoyed us to no end these days... ugh.. but ill not go into that discussion all over again, i think i got the nerd rage out of my system... anyhoo

quick model with photoshop postwork and compositing, all in all a 2 and a half hour funtime
and here is the original pic it was based on

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ivana81uy Featured By Owner 1 day ago
 love this version of Tali, so beautiful!
ManhattonOctoberfest Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I always did like this.
Pudding-de-Neko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it, excellent work!
Yurosoku Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
I'm gonna miss Tali in the next game...Sigh.
tuwas1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this version of Tali, not like those uncreative almost-humans that Bioware came up with... I really hope they redesign the quarians for the next Mass Effect, hopefully so they look more akin to this.
QozbroQqn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just amazing. Thank you for creating and sharing. Maybe you could do a wallpaper?

Would love to hear your opinion about how pale quarians must be after centuries without direct sunlight. Asked a few people (mainly biologists and anthropologists from my university) already and I still have not a definite clue. It all depends on the skin color and we have to assume quarian skin doesn't react much different on sunlight. If we assume a purple, than your version here would fit totally.
mshenkoshipper Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this picture all over the place and omg I love this so much! Like a lot of people I was so disappointed with the lack of creativity from Bioware when they showed Tali unmasked. They literally took a stock image and just photoshopped it a little bit. Such a huge dissapointment, but I've seen so much amazing fan art from people that is so much better and so much more creative than Tali's "real" face but wow THIS is my favorite one! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! <3
Tyrranus Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
just stumbled on these... and I have to say that these are now my official head-canon for what quarians, and specifically tali, look like... this is epic
MaxisTheWolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thats amazing
ArtisticNinjaCat Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Tali looks a lot like a cross between a Turian & a human in this design but she looks WICKED AWESOME!! Great Job!
leloup144 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
B1ackR0ckSh00ter Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Artist
lol is this ur wife? ur wife looks like an old woman to me with a bald LOL|!
Ownerest Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
better than the game's lazy photoshopped model art
Mangalore Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is to the credit of the Mass Effect universe that I could go on nerd raging forever given the wasted opportunities and cheap cop outs.

Your Tali/Quarian design remains the best combo of properly alien given the Quarian's mysterious physique while still looking essentially beautiful to satisfy any inner or outer fanboy out there.
TheAwesomeTRex Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Leave to the dream team of spousal super artist to out do a multimillion dollar game company! Seriously guys, you rock so god damn hard!
Fastmax Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015
By far the best "unmask" rendition.
I really feel she's beautiful too.
Is there an "official" released design image of her face/ head???
Tsubodai1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
NO. And don't let anyone tell you any different. And under no circumstances google such a thing. EVER.

P.S. I'm not joking. You do not need that kind of pain. Really.
69SkullCandy69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
SirBaird Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A gorgeous rendition of the Quarian! Beautiful creation of a character that is clearly not human yet still has an exotic, alluring beauty to her. And those eyes... hypnotic. Definitely my favorite take on Tali I've seen yet!
JediTc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I always loved that piece of Fan-Art, and I don't think there's many that was happy about the choices they made with the revelation of Tali's face in the game.
I'd much more like an approach like this :)
Jinx6648 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
well done, i like to say that now, Tali get a real face i can remember :) thks!
SPARTAN2746 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
This is quite the impressive design, and I can see the level of love and detail that went into the concept of it. Dark corneas with light iris' coincide with the silhouette that we were able to make out in Mass Effect 1. The plate like features on her head seem inspired by turian physiology, understandable given their shared dextro-amino buildup, and the fact they share the same number of fingers and toes.It seems logical for her hair to be braided and kept back like that, as it would need to be kept in check to avoid obstructing her view, as such an issue could only be corrected by taking off her mask. The model quality is quite good and the original picture equally detailed. It's such a shame Bioware took the cop out of doing a lame photoshop with no consideration for actual design or originality. I'm glad to say this is how I will picture unmasked quarians from here on out. Excellent work.
scyther149 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's the best version of tali :3
ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Love Tali. ^3^ :heart:
rar-rawer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
The hair kind of looks like a bunch of black shoelaces
delphian-era Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
:( can't unsee it now either. Why did I read that comment :(
nebezial Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
aaaand now i can't unsee it XD
Iceman-ire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How is this possible lol so cool
Chantel-sky Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing!
fungames82 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
Maehedrose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
This has always been a cool design. 
PRAEst76 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Fits my mental image of Tali much better than the stock photo in the game. Well done that wife.
zabadoohp Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible! Truly breathtaking
coffeeronin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
It would have been much better than that model's picture in ME3 :D
thewaffler89 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I like that from an in-game perspective the anatomy makes a lot of sense because Quarians seem to share a lot of their anatomy with Taurians (legs, arms, hands and feet), but with a more human-like body, pelvis and face.
blacklords373 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Just how I would picture her too :) Perfect!
Art-vod Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job man, it's just...well, perfect!
Kagehiisa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Fuck Bioware's answer; THIS is Canon Tali!
raccooncitizen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Seeing so many versions of some purple-skinned human female without irises has become so boring...
Your take on Tali is like a fresh wind! It is, in fact, the rendition of Tali that looks perfectly credible and legit to me. You've created a whole species, not just one Quarian.
Amazing job! :thumbsup:
HorokehUsui Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Ohhhhhh god. You have to make more from mass effect. You are just amazing man. Thanks for sharing it with us :D
juggalette57 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
now that is how I would imagen Tali to look. <(^_^)> love it
Caliber127 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words...cannot express....
thaBEAST Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
holy crap.
elmjuniper Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this Tali so much better than the face in the game. THIS is Tali. This is what I would have totally expected to see. I'm so in love with this. :love:
Joraglove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
SO GOOD! One of the best! Saw only ONE version that is better than this! I hate the fact that, in ME3, she reveals to be "Beautiful". IDK I just think she shouldnt be beautiful... She should be an alien totally diferent from the human patterns, but still humanoid... Well, hugs for yu wife!
BattleshipAgincourt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I absolutely love this version of Tali. She's exotic enough as to not be a human knockoff, and yet human enough to be quite beautiful. Why oh why did Bioware not just select a fan's variant, rather than go with such a crude photoshop rendition?

This is as perfect a version of Tali as I've ever seen.
thegethinaitor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
actually, they didn't. in ME3's last DLC, if you invite tali to your apartment as a LI.
after she's done singing. she proceeds to take of her mask. but before we can see her face, the screen fades to black, like before bioware revealed the photoshop. its a safe bet that bioware doesn't want to acknowledge any fanart, but neither will they set the photoshop as cannon. so basically, we're back to square one, where all versions are valid.
fuadgerm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this the real drawing or she redraw this?
Asha-Lin-vas-Yaska Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
May I use this design when drawing my quarian oc without helmet? Itīs really amazing and I could totaly see it in game.
thegethinaitor Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
oooooo. let me know when its done
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