There's currently a competition running over on CGHub, a big community of artists who (mostly) work in the entertainment industry. It's to design a new Mass Effect character. Some of the entries are impressive, some especially so, but there are others which will absolutely blow your socks off.
The rules are simple: "create a character that would fit into the Mass Effect universe. He or She could either be from an existing/established race from the game's universe or an undiscovered race."
What follows are some characters so detailed and interesting that it's a damn shame they're not actually the stars of an upcoming Mass Effect game, especially those with a backstory, like the mind-blowing Varro Krios up top there, the grandson of Thane and the first non-human to join the N7 program.
In addition to the Mass Effect competition, there's also one being run to design a new Dragon Age character. I'll run some of the best of those next week.
You can see some of the best entries below, but you can check out the full selection - including very hi-res versions of the art (too big for this site to handle) - here.
SBy threedsquid, aka Marthin Agusta
SBy Baolong Zhang
SBy Berto Souza
SBy re1mon, aka Gerardo Justel
SBy bs999, aka Dae Eung Lee
SBy changiz, aka Christopher Parnian
SBy gahpe, aka Gabriel Pereira
SBy guedin, aka Nicolas Garilhe
SBy iime, aka Iouri Rybalka
SBy Max Loegler
SBy monkibase, aka Oleg Memukhin
SBy mosena, aka Eduardo Mosena
SBy nikitany, aka Nikita Volobuev