Shini-donoFeatured By OwnerMar 24, 2012Student Digital Artist
George Washington was never fat or even pot-bellied. His max weight was 220 and he was known for his athletic body. Any bulge you see in his stomach was clothing and distorted by the artist to make him look richer (since extra pounds meant extra food and the ability to lounge).
Here's a picture of his body more accurately: [link]
He was a guy that did physical work even when he owned slaves. When he was younger, he preferred to sleep outdoors than inside (until he got sick all the time). That mofo would kick yer arse
The more I learn about Washington the more I respect and honor the man. He was a true hearted American and he fully deserves the title "Father of our Country." I do tend to agree with some other comments however, I thought Washington had a rather athletic build...but it each his own right? Your artwork absolutely floors me, I can't wait till you update every week, it's such a highlight!!!
This is cool, but from what I've read about Washington during this time, he was basically a brute. To give you an idea, he actually lifted two soldiers off their feet with his bare hands and shook them. This was because they were participating in a snow ball fight. Just something to consider. This reminds me of John Adams or something lol.
I was under the impression the man had an athletic physique? He was an exceptional horse rider and any rider can tell you it's a huge work out. I have seen his portraits but the only really accurate depiction of him was a frenchmans bust and whole statue; so I never really took any of his paintings as accurate. For the life of me I've got a mental block and his name just isn't hitting me but I know the man was a French artist well known for his busts. When I saw his statue I can honestly say that the dude didn't look like he was sporting a belly. Unless what I was looking at was really inaccurate?
Im alittle obssessive about the FF's and read the volumes of washington letters ( two summers reading just everything I could get my hands on and through out highschool right up to now ). His own grand daughter Nelly even complained how most the of portriats never could capture her step-grandfather's likeness but was astonished by how accurate Houdin's bust was. Later on Laffette remarked about the life size washington being ' the man himself ' so I always took his statues to be more accurate than his paintings. Let us not forget how his appearance changed every time he'd get a new set of false teeth...that wern't made out of wood
I swear ask me a question about the 1700's and I can answer it. Its really sad too, my mind gets stuck in that time period. So your char is definately not alone when she's dreaming. I had a dream once, I was visiting mount vernon and talking to Martha Washington a few months after her husbands death. Slightly creepy ha ha....and for some reason my wardrobe didnt change and she was talking to me like I was a time traveler. It didnt bother her either but I can safely say it amused me and I giggled a bit when I woke up. Haven't had a dream like that since though :sad:
LOL.. oh, yes. I saw Howe. And a couple others. Like thus far. curious to see how the story progresses if there will be more characters and historical figures... if she will travel farther, and more. And the Peggy Shippen clip on your site by someone else was just rich! LOL She's become the brunt of some gossip by we historical minded ladies. Some of it not good for her "assistance in converting" Arnold as one put it or "the honey trap" as another put it as well. Keep up the good work. And enjoy the historical trips! If there are any workshops, conferences, or symposiums that I know upcoming, shall let you know.
Yeah, I completely understand that part. Most unhappy that it costs me triple the amount to attend a reenactment or historical event than it did over 5 years ago. Just kills any hope of doing more to support the historical events, places, etc. Sad, but a reality. As foolish as it is, I still hope and pray for gas and other things to come back down.
theFishWhisperer1Featured By OwnerOct 1, 2009Hobbyist Traditional Artist
George Washington...good leader, but he kinda drives me crazy because he didn't like camp women, not that anybody really liked them a whole lot, and tried to get rid of them...It didn't work because if it worked, we'd have no country! But Washington is cool anyway and this drawing is amazing! I love the color and design, excellent job!
I love the man. He was willing to learn from people and take advice from them if they had better ideas. And... he usually had good ideas himself, but I think that's the mark of a great leader. He allowed his opinions to evolve over time, like his resistance at first to having blacks in the army but by the end of the war his whole opinions on race had changed because he was able to observe the men who fought for him/next to him.
If he was president again, I'd be very very happy.
Haha, no wonder red-heads back then dumped powder all over their hair (except Jefferson, right?). It's rather ironic how today, people (especially women) panic when they see gray hair and use dye to cover it up. In the past it was the exact opposite!
I'm pretty sure that Jefferson powdered his hair like the best of them. But it had become fashionable in America to wear your own hair rather than a wig. Something about that whole democratic, we hate aristocracy thing...
The face is ... oddly suitable to the portraits we've all grown up with. But may I suggest making the interior of his coat a slightly different color than that of his breeches? Compositionally it melds the tails and his legs together, making him look a little more pudgy (than his tummy implies).