Artist Creates Writers’ Portraits in Their Own Words

Ohio-based artist, John Sokol, has created a collection of portraits depicting some of the world’s most famous writers, using their own immortal words. Face reading takes a literal meaning when it comes to Sokol’s “Word Portraits” as he uses lines from some of their most popular works to outline their faces, and recreate lines and wrinkles. Easier said than done, I’m sure, but Mr. Sokol’s works really do their subjects’ justice.

While actually trying to read every word John Sokol uses in his works seems practically impossible, the idea of using the authors’ own words is brilliant. If you’d like a unique portrait of your favorite author, head over to John Sokol’s website and take a look at his beautiful Word Portraits. They’re well worth a few hundred bucks, if you ask me.


Ibsen as “Hedda Gabler”

Robert Lowell as “History”

Dante as “The Inferno”

Borges as “The Secret Miracle”

James Tate as “Riven Doggeries”

Eudora Welty as “Powerhouse”

Wm. Faulkner as “The Sound and the Fury”

via Randomization

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