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Kate Gosselin as Venus by MelissaReneePohl Kate Gosselin as Venus by MelissaReneePohl
This is a portion of a huge digital illustration I am working on for my portfolio. It's based on William Adolphe Bouguereau's 1879 version of "The birth of venus". [link]

My Final version will contain all the characters from the epic Gosellin saga (the children as the angels, Jon and Haily Glassman as some of the adult figures), and will be printed in an enormous near life sized format to be hung in my school's gallery.

This piece is a part of my as yet unnamed series about celebrity epics with compositions appropriated from famous old paintings.

This peice was also the inspiration for my flourish illustrator brush set, which contains flourishes like those seen around Kate. [link]

Also, A close up of this peice can found here: [link]

Created in Adobe Illustrator CS4: using brush strokes and simple gradients. No gradient mesh

UPDATE: decided to add a texture to the image. plan to add some like this to the final image as well. I think it adds visual depth and also makes it more clear that I am trying to reference old style painting.

Be sure to check out my website here: [link]
and
My portfolio of stock graphics for sale here: [link]
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LizartLizard Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
this piece is lovely. just curious if you ever finished the final version you mentioned. would love to see it.
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Emmasphere Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Guess what?! Comment~!
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tomaz2k Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Really amazing work! Wonderful!
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Pisces-O Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Funny, on one episode Jon said that on Valentine's Day, Kate should dress as Aphrodite, and he should be Cupid (in a suggestive manner). Wonder if he knew that Cupid is Aphrodite's son. xD
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Haha, that's funny! I never saw that episode. I might have to include jon in this picture as cupid or something too! :)
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Colorpie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Wow, this is amazing! I wish she could see this. She might get a kick out of it... :-)
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I know! I wish she could see it too! :)
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BlackLupin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
I forgot why is she considered a celebrity?
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
She was on a TLC reality show for about her octuplets, "Jon and Kate, Plus Eight".
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BlackLupin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Ah. So I see.
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jessuba Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why did you decide to draw Kate Gosselin? Interesting!
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
I am just really interested in celebrities and especially ones involved in scandals. :)
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jessuba Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I am too..Im a little embarrassed of it sometimes. I like The Superficial website..
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taho Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I only got into that show once it was over, funny, huh? I still watch the reruns and interviews with Kate sometimes.

You got her face dead on. The thing is I am sooo drawn to the flourishes. You've controlled the gradients so well, I can see you combined radial and linear ones, too. Impressive! :D
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Funny thing is I've never seen that show, because I don't get cable. I've just followed the story once the controversy started.

Thanks for your complement. I was suprised how well those flourishes turned out too. I just started messing around and there they were! :)
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EsscaDA Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
interesting:)
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
thanks:)
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aparanae Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist
It's just amazing!!! :D
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Thank you! :)
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nouam Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work !
I love the wave style :D
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Wow! When it's finished I'd love to feature it on Bouguereau Remastered!
[link]
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Thanks, I will definetly send you the link when it's done!
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BuckleyTypographics Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lookin' forward to your Tiger piece.
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MelissaReneePohl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Lol, thanks, I am planning on doing one on him, just not sure which painting to use as a reference yet.
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