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Merry Christmas, and whatever else, everyone! :) This is a piece I've just finally competed for my father for Christmas. One of his and my favorite historical individuals, George Washington. I wanted to depict him in a truly epic way. I first had the idea of depicting him as he was as a colonel in the French/American Indian war, as that is where the most famous of instances with him being shot at and surviving happened. Well, then there was this time the British sharpshooter had him in his sights when he was a General in the American Revolution, but he just felt the need to drop his weapon... At any rate, as a colonel, he was ordered to deliver a message by horseback across the battlefield to his acting general. He did so, but not before surviving two horses shot out from under him and three bullet holes through his clothes -- two through his coat and one through his hat! Needless to say, that's quite the image of a man having his horse shot out from under him and his clothes riddled with bullets, yet still he doesn't waver, presses ever forward, and survives unscathed! I liked the uniform probably better from his colonel days, being an awesome red and blue. But, ultimately, I decided to meld that in with this showing him in his General regalia, leading his men in the Revolution, instead. So, it's a piece more depicting the seminal character and symbol of George Washington now than any one particular event.

My next thought was animating this to music, and I really got crazy ambitious with all of that. First, I've never animated a flash piece before and second, I've never composed a musical score before. I was very rusty on my reading of music, and have only ever played the trumpet over a decade ago in my Elementary through High School days (graduated in 97). However, I have mixed musical scores for films before, and I found that I could work midi through Garageband and also ProTools. I wish I would have started with ProTools, because having to switch back and forth due to Garageband not having adequate ways to share was painful. But, anyway, I was intending to use the Star Spangled Banner as inspiration. This is The George Washington March, as I've now labeled it. *One final master was mixed to give little more separation to the instruments by a friend that offered to do it really quickly, once he heard it. I eventually animated this piece, fighting it tooth and nail because of how large and slow it was, through After Effects, then had to search around crazily to try and get it properly converted to swf. After Effects, let's just say, while it can do it, I wouldn't recommend it for something this large. A 1GB to 5GB flash file also is completely useless. I wound up saving the portion I could get working to an MOV file, editing that in Final Cut Pro, and taking that MOV file and using a converter to make it into a workable swf file. The MOV, I think I will upload to YouTube later. *later is now :)

With all of that together, though, and after 2 1/2 months of composing, photoshoping, and animating (the animation itself didn't take but a night, or two), literally forgoing lots and lots of sleep, exercise, and working sometimes all night and all day (I felt like I was possessed), here I finally have my ode to Washington and a tribute to him for my dad -- the best dad I could ever ask for :)

I hope you enjoy it, too. PS: if you're not American, I hope the piece at least speaks to you also in some way :)

View the Painting by itself here:

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bearchipsandships123 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Col. Patrick Ferguson, British Army 
Patrick Ferguson was a leading developer of breech loading firearms. The Ferguson Rifle was considered at the time to be one of the most deadly weapons in the British inventory. Ferguson's second claim to fame was the "Shot Never Taken." As a Major, Ferguson found himself in position to make a shot on an unidentified Continental officer near Germantown Pennsylvania. When the man turned away at approximately 125 yards, the good major chose not to shoot him in the back. That man turned out to be none other than General George Washington. Had Ferguson taken the shot one can assume that the entire history of what is today the United States would have been affected. Recall it was Washington who turned down the offer to be King of the Colonies after the successful resolution of the War for Independence. Had he not been in charge of the Colonial forces, not only would the outcome of the war have been in question, but so would the very nature of the Republic which rose from that conflict. Ironically, Patrick Ferguson was later killed on 7 October of 1780 when a member of Morgan's Kentucky Riflemen shot him at approximately 450 yards. As a result, Ferguson's unit surrendered which forced Gen. Cornwallis to abandon his invasion of North Carolina. The loss was doubly hurtful to the British cause, since they had lost one of their premier weapons designers.

TheHylden Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Yes, the events of Washington's life and surrounding are truly amazing. Providence.

I was commissioned last year to do Washington at the Battle of Monmouth. I still like some of what I did above (though, perhaps trying to do too much in a finite amount of time with music and animation, didn't help it overall), but I think I made a more fitting tribute to him with this:…

Thanks for the comment. Glad to see always when people appreciate the history of Washington and the Founders.
methowwolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I'm sure Washington would be very pleased with this!
TheHylden Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
LawBringer29 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Woww this is actually a pretty epic drawing of him ! And the music fits so well ! (is it me or is the background kinda moving ?)
TheHylden Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) Yes, this was made as a Flash animation, so the background smoke and debris, light shafts from above, and such move. George and his horse move also. I didn't quite do the job I wanted on everything. The horse is the most that needs more work. But, I tried to get a ton done in time for my dad on Christmas. I do appreciate this for learning some new stuff, and that I could actually make music.

I was able to do a much better painting of Washington here, much more worthy of him:…
LawBringer29 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
that one is really awesome too !
Yeah I'm huge fan of the Founders as well, they were such interesting bunch of guys (too bad they don't teach about them that much in our history classes besides the basic stuff).
Do you do commissions and how much would you charge for a painting like this ? I would love one of him with Jefferson :)

TheHylden Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, sorry for the late reply.

Yes, they don't teach much of anything regarding history, execpt a selected and very distorted version. I was thinking on this, but currently I'm unable to do any commissions, if I want to actually get anywhere on the project I'm working on. I also would like to see a painting of those two. Maybe sometime in the future I'll be able to tackle it, but not for a long while, probably.
MarcusCrassus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
This should be painted as a fresco on the roof of the Capitol Building.
TheHylden Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, though I think I'd need to work a lot more on it before that ever would happen :D

I'm all for George on the Capital like that, though :thumb:
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