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Amazing fan art unmasks Tali’s face from Mass Effect 2

Most fan art stinks, but this is one of the best pieces we’ve ever seen – we’re talking the Mona Lisa of fan art here. This image, discovered on DeviantArt and tweeted by one of developer BioWare’s artists, captures the essence of Mass Effect 2’s Tali’Zorah perfectly: She is young, but her eyes give off a striking intelligence coupled with a warm, friendly personality. We only wish we had more information on the artist.

For the uninformed, Tali is one of the most adorable babes in all of gamedom. She is also a Quarian – meaning she’s an alien with an incredibly weak immune system and is forced to wear an enviro-suit that conceals her features – so her face, even after two games, remains a mystery. Developer Bioware even enabled a male Commander Shepherd to romance her in Mass Effect 2, but continued to hide her face even after you wined and dined her.

So what do you think? Would this face satisfy you? Do you think it’s anywhere close to what Tali’s actual appearance will be when (or even if) it’s finally revealed?

Mar 22, 2010

33 comments

  • buccanearsfan24 - December 31, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    I honestly could not have picture her any better, but the one thing about the picture is that her eyes aren't as angled as they are in the game. But other than that, this is exactly how I pictured her face wise but with a little bit smoother looking skin; something similar to the asari's. Overall, very pleased with this picture because Tali is my romance figure. :)
  • zombiepimp - July 18, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    who ever drew this should submit this drawing to the makers of mass effect and tell them to have this as tali's face. this drawing is abolutely fantastic who ever drew this is fricken awsome and has some serious talent. good job
  • NotBraze - May 14, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just finished Mass Effect 2 after beating BioShock 2 and replaying ME1. Anyway, to be perfectly honest I don't want to see Tali's face. I'm almost as surprised to type that as I'm sure you are to read it, but hear me out. Tali seems to be a favorite character for a lot of people (myself included) and, as curious as I am, I think that giving her a face would ruin part of that. Right now she could literally look like anything with a vaguely humanoid face and that's the way I want it to stay. Leave Tali's appearance up to imagination and then it can't disappoint.
  • icy - May 8, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    good work from artwork perspective, but I must agree with some of the guys above that the face looks too guyish and my character would not be tapping that it would be off-putting if Tali's cutest in-game personality (which makes her so attractive in the first place) isn't matched by an equally cute face and for that she would have to look human, in Mass Effect 2 her closest human counterpart is Yeoman Kelly
  • wardragon101 - April 4, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    mask looks a little empty but otherwise this is a beautiful picture. whoever drew this is a genius. wondering what that little bit on the top of her head is. Looks like circuits?
  • TURbo - March 26, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    Not alien enough. I
  • Ravenbom - March 24, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Quarians are so hot (or at least Tali is) because they're all hips and it's like their whole race is playing hard to get with their visors and all.
  • penguinsrule3 - March 24, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    I'm guessing that she'll look like sort of a cross between human and turian
  • Tygerclaws - March 23, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Mmmmm...As a quarian (It's not capitalized, dammit!) lover, Tali in particular, I have to say that this picture makes me very happy. I have no problems with picturing quarians with human-esque faces. In fact, the male Shepard romance bit would actually support this, as you can hear the sound of fleshy lips when she kisses him. I would say the reason that the mask is distended would be for, y'know, a breathing apparatus, or a speech apparatus. *shrug* All in all, absolutely amazing picture. Definitely getting wallpaper'd.
  • crumbdunky - March 23, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    When people say that makes her look "too human" it makes me wonder if she really looks like a female Denis Dyack. I'm now very glad I didn't choose to do any cross species space jiggy with her. I've no homophobic leanings but a fem Dyack just doesn't make me feel particularly horny. Actually, I suddenly doubt the future of my libido in general if I'm going to insist on adding ageing male game directors faces to female bodies. What next? Molyneux's head on Megan Fox's body? Miyamoto's instead of Ada Wong's? Yeh, thanks for ruining my, already underwhelming, sex life GR. Thanks a bunch. How are easily provoked idiots like me meant to cope with the image trains you set going off along the Hornby sets of our minds? Damn you and your cursing of my imagination-and no doubt legions of other fools equally suggestible as me.
  • StrayGator - March 23, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    @jamaca: Quarians are the second oldest species in the ME universe? where did you take that from? As I understand, every species (excluding the Reapers, Protheans/Collectors/Sp01larZ and Keepers) reached their "Sapient" stage less than 50,000 Years ago. On the other hand, drastic genetic modifications are allegedly possible, and limited only by Citadel law, so go figure.
  • MilkywayDude - March 23, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    I realy hope bioware makes Tali look like this in ME3. I had a hard time chooing between staying faithfull to Liara, choosing Miranda or choosing Tali. I definately know now.
  • jamaca - March 23, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    second to the reapers the quarins are the oldest so they mus thave found ways to change the way they look on a genetic level
  • philipshaw - March 23, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    She will turn out to be a dude
  • SkinnyJr - March 23, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    ...i guess its more reptilian than bird (same shit, right?) Im well aware that birds dont have "weird claw hands", so Im correcting myself before someone else does
  • SkinnyJr - March 23, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    I think tali's face will look like a bird. Look at the quarian body...very birdish. Wide hips, a couple of toes, weird claw hands, and the mask is distended slightly...BEAK! Just sayin.
  • Amnesiac - March 23, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    I'd hit it.
  • GoldenMe - March 23, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Actually, I thought Tali's race was reminescent of reptilians, considering the shape of the hands and feet. And Eric seems right about the Visor. And why does people (like me) seem to be attracted to Tali? Maybe it's her personality, along with the mystery of her apperence that makes her alluring.
  • Bagmun - March 23, 2010 3 a.m.

    It makes me sad that the actual Tali will probably look nothing like this.
  • CocainCuresAll - March 23, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    /v/ is awesome. http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae110/mascarb/1269307907556.jpg?t=1269308195

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