Project requested by: Dante Sarracino, Cometfirefly, & 1mkellogg
The first president of the United States of America, serving from April 30, 1789 - March 4, 1797. George Washington was born February 22, 1732 and died December 14, 1799.
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ARTIST NOTES: First and foremost, this reconstruction is based largely on the life mask made from Washinton's face which became the basis for many of his sculptures during and beyond his lifetime. So in terms of structural authenticity, that's the best anyone can do.
SKIN: As noted in the History Channel and elsewhere, Washington had contracted and survived smallpox in his youth, which most certainly would have left its trademark scarring ("Pock marks") on his face and body and is the most likely reason why Washington was never able to father children in his lifetime as the smallpox virus had the potential to render him sterile.
HAIR: Washington was said to have been inclined toward redness in his hair, which in later life he powdered to add an air of dignity, rather than wear a full wig which as far as anyone knew he never did.
AGE: Since there are so many portraits of Washington in his older age, I opted to turn the clock back slightly to get the full benefit of his natural facial structure before time, pain, and stress caused the skin to buckle and sag.
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"George Washington" 2014. Original Digital Art. © M.A. Ludwig