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Mass Effect Squad Minimalism by hanaraad Mass Effect Squad Minimalism by hanaraad
So *Atomic-Chocograph shared a wonderful thing on the forums today and it got me thinking on how I could achieve something similar with recognisable simple shapes and colours.
I always like experimenting with my art and minimalism was something I had only briefly tried.

So I give you all (but one!) of the squadmates from Mass Effect 1 and 2!
Liara, Miranda, Kasumi, Wrex
Legion, Mordin, Jacob, Jack
Kaidan, Tali, Zaeed, Grunt
Thane, Ashley, Garrus, Samara
Some turned out better than others and some are just lulzy!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, don't feel bad! It's only my own interpretation.
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:iconblackby:
BlackBy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   Digital Artist
amazing !
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!
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VChrisi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Great work, I love it!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmoosewingz:
moosewingz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a great idea, and it came out so well! I love it! :heart:
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!!
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:iconmoosewingz:
moosewingz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, hun! :)
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holodeck-shepard Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Writer
*dat hair* :icondatassplz:
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:iconaworger:
AWorger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
lovely work!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbulaluigi:
bulaluigi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
It took me awhile to figure out which one was Kaidan, then I LOLed!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:XD:
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:iconbuildmypaperheart:
BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow this is really abstract yet really specific and unique!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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ScarecrowEngine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
What tools did you use to make this?
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
The shape tools and pen tool in illustrator :)
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dead-pepper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so perfect. I had this as my desktop background for weeks and am so glad I found the original source again! You are amazing!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it :)
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Dunfalach Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Is the Kasumi one her lip emblem? Might be more recognizable with the curve line going between the two parts if so. And is Kaidan's supposed to be his hair? I understood the reasons behind all the others, but those two confused me. Still, very creative and well done!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Eggar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Artist
What an interesting way of showing the characters!
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Stinetroll Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is very nice
very simplified yet they are all recognizable
just one thing, maybe not have mordin under miranda, all the white, they kinda blend. you know
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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MidnightsJinx Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
The wavy lines for Wrex seem like they could have just been three straight, thin lines- strip it down to as little detail as possible, you know? I didn't get Kaidan at all, and I thought Mordin was Shepard (the red and white N7 stripe).

I like! <3
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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andraste1234 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
i like it
i think i see zaeed, jack, samara, mordin, garrus, tali, and miranda.
how did you come up with this?
it's awesome!!!
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it! :)
My friend ~Atomic-Chocograph was doing a similar thing so I decided to join her :D
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome concept :XD:, Wrex, Jack, Grunt and Zaeed's are my favorites :)
:+fav:
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rose:
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Zergdepoche Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Nice one !
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Very nice.

Do you have an image in mind for Shepard? Or at least your version of him/her?
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:iconhanaraad:
hanaraad Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think I will create one, but I imagine it would be something to do with N7 :3
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tuszek Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Yay!
Mordin, Kaidan and Garrus got me.
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Pipperdude Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is so cool. it wasn't till i saw the names before i could really see who was who :)

anyway awesome stuff
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Gee-Man Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
This was nicely executed and some of them, like Tali and Garrus are very well done. I will have to agree with you though, some of these were not that obvious. I personally mixed up Legion and Grunt, and well, I guess Kaiden can't help it if he looks so boring. =P
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hanaraad Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Kaidan was difficult because there's not much iconic about him apart from his hair and eyebrows XD
Thanks!! :)
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a-iccara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:iconpineappleplz:
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TheArtributor Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
For your genius manipulations: you get the :iconjokerclapplz: award!

I was stumped with the Kasumi, Jack and Grunt squares. If you had a black rim for Kasumi's, that would have read alot quicker for me. I had instantly thought the shaded skin was Jack's hair.
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Estelindis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I find it quite ironic that I didn't recognise Kaidan in spite of him being my favourite ME character. The only other one I didn't recognise was Liara (although, obviously, I worked her out by process of elimination). Are the pink dots supposed to be her freckles? Sorry, but I just don't get it. :)
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hanaraad Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
They are supposed to be her freckles :)
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Estelindis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Oh good, I'm glad I got it right :D
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Super cool! Love the concept, and nicely executed. :)
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Rhieks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
100% recognized Samara, Thane, Miranda, Wrex and Liara. with some effort - Garrus. thought Kasumi was Jack. wondered which one of the circles is Legion :D ...simply read the rest.
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Leemo626 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
these are beautiful! i wuv em!!
only one i really got stumped on was mordin - mistook the pattern for shep! >,<

kasumi jack and grunt are my fave rep's!
and i got garrus tali and thane instantly! ^-^

wonderful to see something different in the mass effect fan art world! :D
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hanaraad Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! ^^
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Murneko Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
awesome!
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alooper21 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
pure awesomness!!!
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calmdownUlush Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010   General Artist
>>Find Kaiden
>>It's his hair
>>Never stop laughing
>>WAT DO
>>Fave.
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