“The Man Who Would Not Be King.” by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. George Washington is one of the most recognized figures in U.S. history. But familiarity breeds contempt. More often than not, Washington is an old painting on the wall – solemn, impersonal and distant – or the subject of childhood stories and nursery rhymes. We all know that he chopped down a cherry tree and had wooden teeth. The actual Washington is much more compelling. We can all see the brilliant flourishes of Jefferson's pen, Madison's constitutional handiwork or the success of Hamilton's economic policies, and that can cause us to overlook or underestimate the magnitude of Washington's achievement. Yet he really was, as Washington's greatest biographer, James Flexner, put it, the "indispensable man" of the American founding. ...And the key ingredient in all of these things was moral character, something that Washington took very seriously and which gave to his decision-making a deeply prudential quality and to his authority an unmatched magnanimity. "His integrity was pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision," Jefferson later observed. "He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man."
George Washington, Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789: “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.”
From George Washington's private prayer journal. "O most glorious God ... Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.... Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ.... Thou gavest thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation...."
"Cleanse my soul O Lord, I beseech thee, from whatever is offensive to thee, and hurtful to me, and give me what is convenient for me. Watch over me this night, and give me comfortable and sweet sleep to fit me for the service of the day following. Let my soul watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus; let my bed put me in mind of my grave, and my rising from there of my last resurrection; O heavenly Father, so frame this heart of mine, that I may ever delight to live according to thy will and command, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of my life."
"Almighty God…I yield Thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to Thine own service and for Thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me."
I apparently hadn't posted this! It's the cover for Ghostbusters #3 from IDW. Had a blast on this. Really miss working with those guys. I was told to do a "Creepy" cover. The design for "The Third" is one of the few creatures I've come up with that I'm genuinely proud of. I wouldn't change a thing on that guy, though as the scripts went further along, I felt the design was perhaps slightly off for the characterization. Not sure if it's anywhere near what Eric had in his head when he was coming up with this stuff. Was very cool to see Dan Schoening "toonify" it though!
Apparently, the Obama Administration is testing the idea of continuing the Bush Administration's abusive policies with regard to Executive Privilege and State Secrets. I don't think I can come up with a more apt metaphor than the above.
That's supposed to be Russ Feingold standing in for Elrond, but my drawing isn't very recognizable.
Let's face it....Abe Lincoln is really fun to draw! He's got the crazy beard, awkward features, and often times a top hat. This is just a little something I did to bolster my caricature portfolio. I had a blast doing it. Pencils, then sharpie marker, and lastly some photoshop colors and FX.
The time has come (the walrus said) for Madison to shift affiliations!! ahh theres cocky jefferson here to save the day Again.
"Jefferson created the party in order to oppose the economic and foreign policies of the Federalists, a party created a year or so earlier by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton...The party (D-R) insisted on a strict construction of the Constitution, and denounced many of Hamilton's proposals (especially the national bank) as unconstitutional. " [though you gotta love the elastic clause...necessary and proper mmhhhmm]
aah im just messing wit yas. Washington was out of this, against the whole idea of factions really, though he might be considered a federalist. Madison, though not crazy about the idea of political parties, understood their inevitablity and could be considered a federalist in ways as well. Then he jumped on the band-wagon after the arising disagreements with 'other' federalists and helped form the democratic-republican party..oooo yeaaah.
I still love you hamilton!!!<3<3<3<3<3<3 tho i do seem to have a love of drawing madison in very annoying caricatures,