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In Your Own Words – Typographical Portraits

   Posted by: Kenneth Rougeau   in Art & Artists, Digital Art

This week I recommenced work on a series of photo manipulations I’d taken to calling the Convolutions collection. In the beginning, these portrait images were constructed using only lines & shapes, but I’ve since learned that the same effect can be accomplished using text. Now I find myself working on two related series’ – adding to the convolutions set, as well as creating a one-off series called In Your Own Words, which consists of simple typographical portraits based on pictures of famous authors, philosophers, artists, and scientists & using the subjects own words wherever possible, be they brief quotations, lines of poetry, a chapter from a story or a full dissertation.

Friedrich Nietzsche, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Friedrich Nietzsche, typographical portrait (Convolutions series)

Above is the “convoluted” typographical portrait of existential philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Below is the simpler In Your Own Words version, which consists of text from the first chapter of Beyond Good And Evil. These IYOW images are essentially the roughest, first draft versions of the final Convolutions images. I begin with these simple text images & then lay further textual layers upon the original.

Friedrich Nietzsche, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Friedrich Nietzsche, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

Mark Twain, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Mark Twain, typographical portrait (Convolutions series)

The images above and below are my favorites of these text-based images so far. They depict author Mark Twain (aka, Samuel Clemens), who wrote such fantastic classic American literature as The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. He was full of wit & witticism, as you can plainly see from a glance at the text on his face. The text in the image below is taken from Eve’s Diary.

Mark Twain, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Mark Twain, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

Oscar Wilde, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Oscar Wilde, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

The poet & author Oscar Wilde was the subject of my first typographical experiement. The image above is made using text from A Picture Of Dorian Gray. The image below consists of several of his brilliant (& often humorous) quotations overlayed upon the Dorian Gray story.

A Portrait of Oscar Wilde, typographical art by Kenneth Rougeau

A Portrait of Oscar Wilde, typographical art (Convolutions series)

These last few images as yet have no Convolutions series counterparts. They are the rough-drafts that I will be building upon, but (I hope you’ll agree) they’re also lovely enough in their own right to stand as a separate series. This is by no means the end of the series either, as there is a whirlwind of heroes and inspirations in my head that I’d be honored to pay homage to. Coming soon: Martha Graham, Walt Whitman, Sophocles, Samuel Beckett, Jean Paul Sartre, and many, many, many more.

Emily Dickinson, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Emily Dickinson, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

This is Emily Dickinson, created from her own poetry.

Lewis Carroll, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Lewis Carroll, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

The above portrait of author Lewis Carroll (aka, Charles Dodgson) was made using the seventh chapter of his story, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, entitled A Mad Tea Party. I’ve begun preliminary work on the Convolution series version of the image, but am not yet happy enough with it to post here.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, typographical portrait (IYOW series)

The portrait above is of Titanic disaster survivor Margaret Tobin Brown, aka The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Sadly, for all her reputation as a gossipy socialite, there weren’t that many quotations available. As such, I’ve repeated several and made up for the lack of quotes with text from The Titanic Disaster Poem by J. H. McKenzie (1912).

Edgar Allan Poe, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Edgar Allan Poe, typographical portrait (IYOW series)

This Edgar Allan Poe portrait is made with text from one of my favorite tales, The Cask of Amontillado. This is the third Poe inspired piece I’ve created, including The Raven and A Cask Of Amontillado (which also needs to be revisited and reworked).

William Shakespeare, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

William Shakespeare, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

Here is a portrait of the most quoted person in history, William Shakespeare, created with text from the main character’s monologues in Hamlet.

Georgia O'Keeffe, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Georgia O'Keeffe, typographical portrait (IYOW series)

Above is a portrait of the amazingly vibrant & individualistic artist Georgia O’Keeffe, created entirely from her own quotes, quips, and witticisms. I opted for a more handwritten font since Georgia was more likely to pen a letter than to type it…

Albert Einstein, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Albert Einstein, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

The portrait of Albert Einstein, above, was created using text from his dissertation entitled Relativity: The Special and General Theory. Albert has always been a hero of mine. His quotations and observations are as wonderful & inspiring as the ever-present twinkle in his eyes.

Salvador Dali, typographical portrait by Kenneth Rougeau

Salvador Dali, typographical portrait (In Your Own Words series)

Surreal artist & general madman Salvador Dali (here seen with an ocelot) rounds out today’s typographical portrait presentation. I’m still not entirely sure if I like the font on this one… so it may be reworked in the very near future. Still, for now I think it looks passable enough to share :)

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- Kenneth Rougeau

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2 comments so far

Chris Masek
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Is there anyway to purchase one of these to hang in my office?

July 14th, 2012 at 2:27 am
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Hi Chris,
Thanks so much for asking. Yes, the TypeFace portraits are for sale and I’d be happy to send you one. Please contact me via email with the specifics of your request. My address is krougeau@gmail.com
There are also quite a few new portraits in the collection(s), and I’m adding more all the time, so if there’s anyone in particular you’re interested in, just let me know.
Thanks again & have a great day!
- Ken Rougeau

July 14th, 2012 at 2:58 am

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