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3.90 / 5.00

Jul 12, 2012 | 10:20 PM EDT
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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Boticelli's Nascita di Venere (Birth of Venus) a la furry. This is incredibly clever, and something I wasn't ever expecting to see. While the level of detail on the shell itself is very well-executed, the lack of a shadow is a missing important detail. Even with the downward and leftward angle of the sun (judging by the light spot to the top left light patch near the shell upon the sea), I was expecting some form of shading from Alice's position.

That lack of a shadow clashes with the very high level of detail given to Alice's tail's fur. I was expecting that same level of detail with the fur of her legs, torso, and arms. This is even more of an issue given the almost plastic sheen that her body (not including her tail) seems to have. This lack of detail also applies to her hair. While it is very obviously being blown about by the wind (presumably coming from the left side of the work), it almost seems that she has had some aerosol hairspray applied to keep it mostly together. A bit more dithering there would have truly helped.

All of that aside, I like that the eyes have a visible iris to them. Keeping the fingers and toes simple also helps keep the attention on the work as a whole rather than distract due to over-detail.

My only other note is that it seems that Alice's ears are not centered correctly with regards to the rest of her head. While her left ear (viewer's right) appears to be in the right place, her right ear (viewer's left) is too close and seems angled wrong, almost as if it is centered over her eye. Her left ear is angled correctly, but I cannot tell if her right is a positional issue or if her ear is turned to a noise that is out-of-frame to the viewer's right.

But, all in all, a very well-executed modern twist on a Boticelli masterpiece.