I decided that I want to try a new blog series. Originally, it was going to be titled “Coffee with the Presidents” as I was thinking I would create a caricature a day of each of our 44 presidents while drinking my morning coffee. I just realized as I’m typing this blog that in a couple of days I’m turning 44 and, now I’m illustrating 44 Presidents . . . spooky. Instead I decided to just spend the “Summer with the Presidents”. That alleviated the pressure of needing to get one done a day and it will give me the opportunity to spend more time on any that I feel need a little work. Although, like many artists I never feel like any piece I create is finished.
My goal through all this it to just push myself as a caricature artist and to keep drawing. Even though I’ve been a cartoonist most of my life, illustrating a caricature is a whole other ball game. With cartooning I can create any character I want but, with caricatures the subject needs to look and be recognizable as a particular person. Tough task when I’m distorting and pushing their facial features.
An added bonus will be learning our U.S. Presidents. I was taught in school many years ago who they were and in what order them became President but, like many of the things that I learned in school and have never used since, I haven’t retained that information. Good thing this time is I’m in charge and, I can guarantee that there will be no quiz at the end.
The first President of the United States is obviously George Washington. We all know that right? One thing I never knew though was that he died of a throat infection. Here is a great account of his death written by his adopted son George Washington Custis, for those who are interested. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/washington.htm