Another Flickr gallery just up. I've been working on some stylized caricatures of famous philosophers. I hope, eventually, I'll get around to a pretty full set. So far just five. The new one in the set is Kierkegaard.
Here's what he looked like when I was just doodling, pencil and paper:
It's tricky to try to figure out what people 'really' looked like when there aren't that many images to work from. Sort of obvious, yes. But it's still an interesting problem. The official portraits make him look rather blandly handsome. The caricatures drawn of him in his life make him look like a hideous hunchback. But no one at the time thought he was either blandly handsome or a hideous hunchback. On the Flickr page, I quote his nephew:
"On the little pencil drawing of him that I own, the nose has been given a somewhat too elegant and aristocratic turn ... Uncle Soren's nose, though crooked, was bolder and more substantial. On the other hand, the mouth, eyes, the entire form of the head, and the abundance of the hair are a splendid likeness. His posture is also typical. His mouth was large, but at the same time, what a range of different moods found expression in its curves and lines, all the way from soft sadness and tenderness to spirited contrariness or refined irony - and this latter was not the least dominant trait! And then his eyes, which lost nothing over the years; on the contrary, their naturally soulful expression gained such an intensified brilliance that they shone like stars when I took leave of him out at the hospital."I think my drawing may be a bit on the horse-faced side. I made the nose big and the eyes kind of big and, you know, horses are like that. I'm proud of the mouth. I tried to make it ambiguous between deadpan seriousness and an ironic smile.