|I have mixed reactions to it. It shows enormous skill and it's original, so I hope UBK will continue, and will show us more. But the eyes and the mouth have sort of a scowling or sunken-eyed or saturnine quality to them. You don't get the intensity of her eyes or personality, of someone vibrantly alive and focused. Not a great mind, just an ordinary woman who is either sad or in a down mood. Or just woke up and hasn't had her coffee yet (very different from the real Rand, who definitely seems a more caffeinated personality, especially when ideas are concerned.) |
It's a somewhat unflattering portrait of her. At best, one could say it was capturing a thoughtful or pensive mood, but I do get that combined with a negativity or sourness or lack of joy. Very different from those of her smiling, or from the Ilona portrait. It's particularly the eyes that seem wrong: they are lifeless in this drawing. It doesn't really capture who she was at the core of her personality. Not just a painting, but even a drawing can be non-naturalistic, but idealistic and capture the heart of the person.
But it really captures a mood or personality of -someone-. This is a sketcher/artist with genuine ability, even though he's copying/interpreting a famous photo of Rand I've seen before somewhere, from one of the book covers.
[Uh-oh, I'm treading on Michael Newberry's turf...he's going to step in and slap me down for daring to have an extended opinion outside of my specialty].