God, it's been a horrible year so far, and not just for me. We lost Glenn Frey and Merle Haggard, among others...and now Chyna's gone?? And PRINCE just passed away today!
Yeah, I know who Chyna is, The Ninth Wonder of the World! I hoped so much things would get better for her. And Prince...he wasn't exactly my favorite with his Rock-n-Funk mix, but "Kiss" (only Tom Jones had the guts to cover that!), "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry" are among my favorite songs. Rest in Peace, the both of you.
Now on to the art. For a long time since created his amazing models of Tali'Zorah vas Normandy Unmasked, I wasn't sure what to do with her Nude model. The models who wear clothes are no trouble, if you remember my "Expressions" test, "The Perfect Mirror" and my recent "The Virtue of Quarian Booty!" I guess it was because I worried about treating Tali right -- she's been one of my favorite characters in the MASS EFFECT trilogy, but that doesn't quite say enough. At first Tali reminded me so much of the sweet and scrappy Twi'lek scavenger Mission Vao from the original STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC. Tali had this undeniable presence that made you want to hug her, but at the same time she was tougher than Batarian leather! Playing through the first game and then the rest of the trilogy, my favorite Quarian turned out to be very distinctive from Mission.
Tali's plight alone was truly solemn. She felt trapped literally by the environment suit that defended her from not just bullets but diseases because of her weakened immune system; she had to wear it 24/7 ever since she was born -- if she removed any part of the armored suit in less than completely sterile conditions, she was as good as dead! All of her people shared that condition, and Tali learned everything she could as an engineer...she worked as hard as you can imagine to better the status of the Quarian Flotilla, aka the Migrant Fleet, when she went on her fateful Pilgrimage and was saved by Commander Shepard. Tali also had daddy issues, which is putting it lightly, but she never lost a quirky and really funny sense of humor. Shep adopted Tali and the girl didn't just become one of the hero's most invaluable squadmates -- the Normandy wouldn't have flown as far as it did without her! -- from my personal play experience, it felt like Tali became a little sister in every way but blood to the protective big sister Mary Shepard who always looked out for her. Tali's incredible voice with a distinct warble was so affecting alone...long before the end of the epic trilogy, I thought she was adorable, even though we never saw her face!
And then Bioware had to dang near ruin things with that dumb Photoshopped pic of Tali unmasked. You know what I mean. I thought the different colors of the final game's endings were bad enough!
Fortunately, that didn't stop more imaginative souls (yes, Bioware, that's a dig!) from refining Tali's 'official' look...CorruptTemplar's art of the girl and Melllin's using that as the basis for his wonderful models is proof!
Small SPOILERS follow...if you don't want to know, just skip past the next paragraph without reading it!
As ME3 approached its end, if you made the right Paragon decisions, your Shepard can work things out to finally end the centuries-old war between the Quarians and the Geth peacefully. This would not only give the Quarians back their homeworld Rannoch, the Geth would take it upon themselves to help their creators by strengthening their immune systems back to normal. Which meant Tali and her people could finally be free of their armor just after the end of the war! (Which I've shown in my stories "Coda" and "The Perfect Mirror"!) Also, even if you don't romance Tali, she and another fan favorite Garrus Vakarian fall in love, which is awesomely sweet!
So I really loosened up and thought about it. It wasn't just the question if I could make nude art of Tali right. This might have been silly, but I also asked if this would be 'in character' for the girl and being in her truly distinctive spirit? Being as adventurous as we know Tali is, picturing that she'd feel so liberated from her suit...the sweet yet sultry art above should tell you the answer!
Oh, and this doesn't mean I'll do a pictorial of Tali one day, like I've done for some of the DOA girls!
Hmmmm...actually, just saying that got me to thinking... ^_^
For now, imagine the art above is from Garrus' point of view, as Tali is waiting for him to come to bed...!
Giving credit where it's due!
XNALara created by Dusan Pavlicek
XPS created by Dusan and XNAaraL
Tali'Zorah Unmasked Nude by