Greybird Posted December 26, 2009 Share Posted December 26, 2009 (edited) The largest of all art Websites, in sheer number of distinct works, may very well be deviantART, which is fast approaching its 100-millionth posted "deviation."Those are not all artworks, by any means. "Deviation" includes both genuinely original visual and verbal creations, and such instrumental items as stock photos, tutorials, and emoticons. Yet the site has gathered a huge community of several million members, and has been remarkably fertile.I've found it to be endlessly fascinating. I've been a member at "dA" for three years, and a lurker / gatherer of (mostly) winged art for six. A free membership creates a Webpage for hosting your works, allows you to comment on others' works, and gets you past the "Mature Content" filter. (Paid memberships bring more presentation tools and browsing abilities.)Instead of ranging over the whole Web, as MSK did in another thread in this section, I took a look at what "ayn rand" brought up at dA. Some Rand admirers might not enjoy the results of such a search very much, as many works are harshly critical — and most, frankly, are unpolished and less than skillful.Still, a few gems are exhibited, and here are some of them, representing much of what one can find. You can click on each of them here to reach the original dA Webpage. Larger versions are available by clicking on those pages' images or "Download" links.Many works related to Rand, with some Roarkian irony, are second-hand and interpret photos of her. This portrait, made from her Soviet passport photo (used in The Early Ayn Rand), is much more accomplished than nearly every other such work I've seen, and shows considerable skill with color.A few prose pieces are present. Some are repostings of work used elsewhere, others were entered in ARI essay contests. Yet this one has a distinct flair: Imagine an alternate universe where this woman was a political leader! (Pictured here is the illustration for the "news story.")Some quite accomplished photographs inspired by or evoking Rand deserve both larger viewing and a reading of their posters' comments.And some genuinely new works either are sparked by elements Rand described in her books, or incorporate her words directly in intriguing ways. (The first is "Mature Content" at dA, and not visible to non-members, thus is shown here via hosting at TinyPic.)If you run across other intriguing deviantART works about or relating to Rand, please add them here. Edited December 26, 2009 by Greybird Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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