Donald Trump’s presidential portrait was released today and the internet responded with this amazing mockery!
‘New Trump Portrait, first post-election, joins C-SPAN Presidents Collection. Painted by Chas Fagan’
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 28, 2016
‘One of the more challenging aspects of this specific portrait was President-Elect Trump’s eyes. In most photos, his eyes are in shadow and difficult to see, in part due to his distinctive brow line. But eyes are such a recognizable feature, and necessary to give a portrait warmth and personality, so I worked to give them a bit more prominence. The result is that we have a softer look into his face than we often get from public media photography.’
Fagan didn’t stop there:
‘Beyond following the campaign and the election like everyone else, my preparation entailed gathering up a collection of photographs that could be used as reference. You’d imagine that there should be countless images out there, but the reality is that public media photographs of candidates show frozen action moments. Whereas traditional portraits attempt to capture contemplative, relaxed moments. There are innumerable images of candidates seemingly contorted in expression or gesture. In an online advertisement for an upcoming interview with Mr. Trump I came across a small still image from video. It did not have much detail, but it happened to reveal a more relaxed expression. And that was the foundation for the painting’
I'd like to be hired to do the official Presidential portrait of Donald Trump and then turn in a painting of Leia strangling Jabba the Hutt.
— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) December 11, 2016