I have been preparing a lecture for my 2d design class on political poster design, with a focus on the Obama posters. And Oh…My..God.. there has been a few thousand of them made, especially since the well-known Sheppard Fairy version/s. Many of them (especially the mock versions conservatives dish out) are just simple photos posterized in photoshop. But a few are really stunning, like this one (with detail):
There are some that use radiant light accents around his head, i guess to symbolize the near deific feelings some have for him. Here are a few and some interesting precedents:
Of course, some conservative bloggers like to indicate the connotative meaning behind that particular stylization ( or graphic influence) of a few designers, and equate that with Obama himself. Well, if radiating lines indicate evil i guess they are right (Obamao?)
Silliness, just plain.
Ah, the politics of aesthetics.