I've never seen a portrait of George Washington smiling. President's Day was coming around as it does every year, and I decided to do an illustration of Georgie with a nice, toothy grin. Originally it was going to be an enormous toothy grin like Joe Biden, but I toned it down.
This was done pretty loosely. I always do a pencil drawing, then paint or marker over that, then add quick scratchy pen and ink. It's a style I developed over years. I used to draw everything in tight pencil, then ink, then paint, but it lost the loosness from the pencil drawing that I like.
My New England Illustrated work is generally geared toward animal or farm scenes - but I do enjoy drawing humans from time to time. Things like this are purely for my own creative pleasure. I originally started New England Illustrated as a creative outlet for myself. I'm very grateful and humbled that people enjoy what I illustrate.
This portrait would be appropriate for the next generation of dollar bills.Perhaps Calvin Coolidge could benefit from the same treatment.
on June 13, 2013
you are so so talented…you need more exposure, I wish I knew how to acheive this..I love the smile, and the fact you call him Georgie…:)
on March 02, 2013
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