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September 27, 2013
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George Washington at the Battle of Monmouth by TheHylden George Washington at the Battle of Monmouth by TheHylden
This is a commissioned piece for user cpsamawi

I was asked to depict George Washington at the battle of Monmouth, where he had to take charge after General Charles Lee simply didn't follow orders to attack the British. Upon seeing his troops walking past them with their heads down in the blazing son, George Washington rode to confront his General. Reports were that his cursing out of Lee was unprecedented. General Scott's claim I loved was that Washington cursed until the leaves shook on the trees. I incorporated that figurative recount as a symbol in the meeting on the left of Washington and Lee. The middle section is factual. George Washington took charge and rode in front of his men, heedless of the hail of fire he was under, and he rallied those troops in over 100 degree weather to match the British. Their sharpshooters aimed and fired at Washington, but none struck him. One of the many times he did take the front and walked away unscathed. I used the upper right as a very faithful portrait of George Washington, based on the forensic reconstruction of him at Mount Vernon. I didn't quite do him justice in my previous Washington piece. In fact, it's one of my worst paintings, I think. I appreciate that others have enjoyed it, though. This time, I was not going to let Washington down, so I made sure to give it my all. I've grown a lot also since I made that first painting, doing all that texture work and such, so I was able to incorporate that into this to bring it as much to life as I could. Little details in sweat on skin, some troops stripped of their uniform's coat because of the heat; things like that.

A lot came up over the past few months since being asked to make this, but I hope cpsamawi is happy with it :)

Painted entirely in Photoshop, some blending of real textures into sections, and a little bump in After Effects.
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bearchipsandships123 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 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.
Driver651 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Yeah, Lee was a bum.
This is my favorite battle of the revolution.
Some historians think the battle was a draw, but the rebels held their ground.
TheHylden Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, thanks :)
adventure-art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
beautiful work/art
 a wonderful tribute to a great man.!

I like how you depicted the "dismissal" of General Lee.  ;)
TheHylden Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
jamberry-song Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is amazing!! :love: Great job on all the little details!
TheHylden Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and for the watch :)
OtakuWolfCub Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to see more.
OtakuWolfCub Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Koodos!!!! i salute you:salute: rvmp
cpsamawi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Its awesome, thank you very much for your hard work.
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