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Farewell my dear Chell by iisjah Farewell my dear Chell by iisjah
Recently I finished both Portal games (thank you Steam and Valve for the sale xD - got them for less then 5 Euro xD)
And damn...those games really grabbed me - the story was surprisingly deep and engaging with great humorous writing 83

And as the story left some room for speculations I jumped right on them xDD

So without much spoilers here's Chell finally free from Aperture Laboratories going off into the unknown with her Companion Cube being seen of by Dr Doug Rattmann and GLaDOS.

I really love how this came out! I would even say it's one of my fav pieces created this year - the idea was so clear in my head - together with colours and such. Just needed to transfer it to paper :3

*And now my version of the speculations that I get behind by x3 (so kinda spoilers ahead)*

Drew those two (GLaDOS and Rattmann I mean) seeing of their little girl here.
For GLaDOS (Caroline) I support her being Chells mother - it just clicks with everything. The turret song in the end ( [link] ), but also Chell being on the ‘Bring your daughter to work’ day or the fact that her last name is stricken from the records (as Rattmann comic shows). It seems right.
And other speculation - the last seconds of the video when someone runs up the stairs (obviously human from the footsteps) and throws the Companion Cube for Chell - I will be thinking it’s Rattmann giving his only friend as a thank you gift/ guardian for Chell - as some speculate (me too xD), her adopted father :3
So I drew basically Chells remaining family seeing her off on her escape.



0.1 and 0.2 fineliners and PS5 colouring

MY TUMBLR

art © Natalia Komuniewska
Portal, Portal 2 © Valve
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:iconsatoshi-kun45:
satoshi-kun45 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant
freaking beautiful!you truly expressed caroline's love for chell! (already played portal)
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:iconmarshalray:
marshalray Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I almost cry, its so sad :(
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Writer
Argh, the feels! I love it so much, it hurts!
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Don't hurt :C

Thank you xD
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thewatcher509 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I really loved how the title of this piece explains so much as well as the description.
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love Portal and all the head canons you can have! :D
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LoveyLaffy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist
I strongly agree with all of your beliefs ( Reminds me of the ones from some youtube videos called "Portal Conspiracy" .o. ) and your beautiful piece here sure emphasizes those beliefs wondrously ;w; <3<3

~Now let's just hope a reunion will be made in the hopefully-someday-existant Portal 3 ;w; :heart:~
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iisjah Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I watched it  too and it added to some of my headcanons and toed everything so nicely! :D

Hahha Portal 3 - we all should send Valve an elementary maths book to help them learn counting to 3 xD
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CountessHalcyon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love this and love your description :D nice job!
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
huh, now that you mention it, I should watch the ending and listen for those footsteps again. I actually thought he died after putting Chell on stasis sleep.
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist
MY EMOTIONS!!!
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Autobot-Frequency Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. The closest we would probably ever get to him would be in one of his RatT Dens, where you could hear him though the wall. I wonder, though, could you maybe use noclip for a cheat and find him on the other side? 
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Autobot-Frequency Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DOUGGIE!!

...he in the awesomest character we never get to see but we all know he is still there. He just is.

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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes - the way Valve handled him was awesome - a mysterious helping hand :D
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ShadowDragon117 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry....  ;-;

I seriously love Doug so much, but whenever I think of his story I want to cry.  Really amazing artwork, the feels are strong in it.  ;-;
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iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*hands over an arm to cry on*

Yeah it's so friggin sad (...and filled with unanswered questions :V)
Thank you so much x3
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NayruAella Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many feels. *tears up*
Lovely work.
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*hands over hankie* Thank you!
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sparkshower105 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dies from feels
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No nooo don't D: *resuscitates*
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sparkshower105 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Dies once more from feels
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Quagmirefan1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013   Digital Artist
That explains it.

I think that Doug cared about her so much because when Cave died of the moon rock poisoning and Caroline was put into the Central AI Core, he became her godfather.

And with GLaDOS, it's as she made the Prima Donna Turret say "Cara Mia Addio, mia bambina". They need to make another game or a movie and finish the plot holes. they can't just leave the audience in suspense. Otherwise, they'll be known forever as the company that didn't deliver.
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iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hah knowing Valve? They will leave us hanging with all our little headcannons and questions xD
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely idea. :) I really like all the little details you included in the pic, like the tatters on Ratman's clothes and the posters on the walls.
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iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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britton1999 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
OMG....... rat man your a live
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so D: 
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britton1999 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
i hope so too
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AlexavierD Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is absolutely amazing, Doug has always been my favorite character made my vale and seeing this artwork makes me want to... *sniff sniff* ...Beautiful artwork mate, you deserve a cookie :')
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iisjah Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*hugs* So glad you like it so x3 I loved Rattmans story and the little cues here and there so we can put together his story (well everyone story - that's why I love Valve so much <3)
*eats the cookie*
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MaidenMarvel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
And I'm crying now thanks alot.
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*hands tissues*
*collects all precious tears in a jar*
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Tesla51 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a sweet piece! I love it!
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Raiecha Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic! :')
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :huggle:
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Writer
This brings a tear to my eye, showing after all the turmoil there is love
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iisjah Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*gives tissue* thank you for the kind words x3 Glad you like the piece :3 (and my headcannon xD)
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah it's sweet
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CARNIV0RE Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Really loved the Portal series; I almost cried when the chorus of Turrets started singing and after Chell finally made it out. Such an inspiring and awesome game; as is this intriguing piece here. :) Fantastic work with the shading. ^^ I love your taste for details. Keep it up!
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iisjah Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah that chorus (and heck the whole ending) was so emotional and pure awesome (and later when I learned what the chorus translated to and stuff it made it so much better still!)
Thank you very much x3
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Lightningblossom210 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Chell! Brings back memories of me playing Portal...I sucked at it big time :D but I had fun anyway! I like your style - the colors, the lights...this is great.
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you really much! :D
I still remember one room in the first portal that I got stuck for like an hour xD
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Arty022618 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Artist
FEELSS
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:iconiisjah:
iisjah Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3

I had so many after finishing the games that I needed to let them out
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:iconarty022618:
Arty022618 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Artist
and this drawing was born.
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PHarold Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me say first off that I don't usually comment on gaming pictures since 99% of the time I don't know what's going on. But I like how there is such a contrast to the sunny free open fields giving us a glimpse into the real world after Chell's years in the lab The expression on Rattman's face is so heartwrencing. I don't know the story so I don't know if he looks guilty,sad or both. But he looks so ragged like he's been underground for years.

You caught a lovely glimpse of freedom here.
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iisjah Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hhaha I know what you mean - it's hard commenting on fanart you know nothing off xD

He..probably is both sad, a bit happy, a bit hoping and everything else.


As for the game - I would highly recommend it - it's an awesome puzzle game and a great story to accompany it (I am so giddy to beat it the second time I just need to wait for my friend because we want to play it together xD)


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