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Cara Mia (my beloved) by reverseinverse Cara Mia (my beloved) by reverseinverse
Managed to finished it, somehow, and hopefully the last time I try coloring like this *sighs*. Dedicated to everyone who commented/faved the WIP version! I hope it fulfills more or less your expectations! And special thanks to my brother, who was the best coop partner any test-subject could wish for, and also pointed a lot of mistakes in the early process of this drawing!

Anyways, Portal(2). Loved it. So hard.
GLaDOS even quotes once from my favourite scifi story, The Dandelion Girl (who happens to wear dresses in the same colors of the game? white, blue and yellowish-orange?). Did you also know that Chell probably suffers from Broca's aphasia? And tell me, guys, do you think that *pseudospoiler alert* Caroline was actually Chell's mom? Because it seems to be implied but I guess everything is up to fan spehculation. And lab rat should be portal3 main character and Chell should appear in HL3. Amirite?
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Bricksandstrings Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I'm so happy I found this it will forever be one of my favorite pieces of Portal fan art, there is so much feeling packed into this piece it's amazing.

I'm one of those people that likes the idea of Chell and Caroline being related but I can see the impracticality of it. I always saw Caroline as being a cross between a no nonsense woman to be feared and a girl scout troop leader mom who brought cake for everyone on Fridays. My head cannon is that since Chell was the child of someone who worked at Aperture then whenever she visited Caroline would volunteer to keep am eye one her and that's how the knew each other. 
Savvycat23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful Heart 

I love how gentle Caroline and GLaDOS are with Chell
BenRG Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I've always though that Chell is either Cave and Caroline's adopted daughter or blood grand-daughter. Think about it: When Aperture was founded in the mid-50s, Caroline was probably fresh out of college, in her early 20s. So, when Cave was dying in the late '80s, she was likely in her 50s or even early 60s. Chell would have been born around that time in all likelihood.

My head-canon? Maybe Chell's parents were Test Subjects who died in an accident and, feeling uncharacteristically guilty, Cave decided to adopt her. It was Caroline (no big surprise) who ended up raising her.
iammemyself Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful Portal pictures I've ever seen.  All of them are PERFECTLY done, and I've rarely seen GLaDOS drawn so near to people with her size taken into account like this. 

Broca's aphasia, hmmm?  Never thought of it that way, but it's an interesting proposition!  No, I don't think Caroline is her mother, because she'd have to have been in her forties when Chell was born.  Given her work and age combined, I find it doubtful.  Personally I feel HL3 will be a crossover, with Gordon testing on the Borealis

I know you posted all that YEARS ago, but hey, why not.

Also, that's the best picture of Caroline I've ever seen.  Excellent work.
JustJazu Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Gosh this is beautiful! Really well done, I love this~! :love:
reverseinverse Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Aww, thank you! ^////^
JustJazu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
You're welcome~! ^_^
WhiteTigerTails Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
If only Valve could count to three.
Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Caroline  is Chell's mother? I I have Caroline treat GLaDOS like a doughtier, meaning there sisters... I ship sisters.

Broca's Aphasia?
reverseinverse Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Some clues you can find in the game point out that Chell might be Caroline's daughter (the lyrics to the Cara mia song can be read as a farewell lullaby from a mother to her child), or she might be Cave's daughter (the potato science fair in your "bring your daughter to work's day" has one stand with the name Chell on it). Or the daughter of both. But it's not canon and if you read a few other comments to this picture, a lot of people point out that it's technically impossible for Chell to be the child of either of them. There's a lot of speculah on that topic, I just happen to lie the idea that both of them might be blood related ;-}

Broca's aphasia describes not being able to speak because of brain damage, google it up :-}
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