Every line, wrinkle and blemish on his face is obvious. His eyes tell the story of the 27 years he spent in prison. There is no mistaking the face of the famous freedom fighter and first black president of South Africa – Nelson Mandela. Realism artist Ranford Anderson’s drawing of Mandela captures, with stunning precision, the character of the man.
Anderson’s drawings have life and personality. They are far more detailed and complex than the run-of-the-mill sketches often sold at craft markets and gift shops. Anderson said of the Mandela portrait: “I titled this piece ‘Dalibhunga’, which is the name Mr Mandela was given at the age of 16 once he had undergone initiation, the traditional Xhosa rite of passage into manhood. It means ‘creator or founder of the council’ and it was while working on it that I started having real control. Based on the reviews that I’ve gotten, it