Portal's Chell in the style of Norman Rockwell

Jesse Rubenfeld's aptly named painting "This Was a Triumph" is a handsome, Norman Rockwell inspired version of Chell from the game Portal: "Based on Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter cover for the Saturday Evening Post. Featuring Chell from Valve's Portal video games. Also starring GLaDOS and Wheatley and the weighted companion cube."

This Was a Triumph Painting (via Super Punch)


  1. An excellent idea, I just always thought both Rosies and Chelle were slightly more attractive, and Rosie’s head was more in proportion with the rest of her body. Still, pretty good

  2. Nice attempt but kind of falters at properly rendering Chell. She looks nothing like the videogame counterpart. Doesn’t have to look EXACTLY like her, but seems like the artist barely tried. Proportions are off too, and then there’s the fact that he wrote CHELL on the portal gun, which is not only inaccurate but also serves to insult the viewer assuming that they have no clue that thet are looking at a Portal rendering unless he were to remind us. Just not sure what the purpose of writing her name is.

    1.  She’s certainly rendered a bit more… ample.. than the model in the game.  Not bad, mind you, but this look probably would have made the uproar about the weight jokes in Portal 2 a little more convincing (rather than clear examples of people missing the point).

    2.  “Chell” is written on her lunch box which I think he can get away with. And it makes the cake more fun too.

        1. Well that explains why CHELL is crudely scrawled in the picture, and the man-like arms despite Chell being rather feminine.

        2.  Makes more sense, but the body/head proportion is still off, even compared to the original Rosie

        3.  Thanks, nelc!

          The pneumatic rivet hammer in that painting is extremely accurately portrayed, which makes me wonder if Rockwell copied her doubled eye protection, leather wrist brace, and complete lack of hearing protection from a real-life riveter.

          I like the halo & tattered copy of mein kampf, too!

  3. At first glance, I thought she was sitting on a toilet, which made the chocolate cake slightly unsettling.

    Also, those are some powerful looking arms. I suppose lugging that portal gun around is great for developing upper body strength.

  4. I’m making a note here, HUGE SUCCESS.

    Edit: I couldn’t stop myself. And I haven’t even played the game…

      1. I would always eat the cake first and leave a frosting shell, which I would then consume with great gusto. It drove my mother crazy.

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