Hopefully this painting reminds you a bit of a U.S. five dollar bill. Or part of it, anyway. Crackle/distressed background texture(s), lightly rusted line-work and shinny copper sides… just F.Y.I.
Me: “Honesty, Abe… you took forever paint, too!”
A.L: “Dude! Nearly four score and seven years!”
(my original Abraham Lincoln piece here)
About this image: acrylic painting on 10″x30″ canvas
Dude! Awesome! Dude! I don’t think it took you all that long considering how detailed it was.
How long did it take???
This one was… 3 weeks or so? Not as long as the Kennedy thing, but, still.
In terms of hours I lost count… I should record that as I go… just for grins.
Stop motion video.
might need some kind of camera equipment for that though? Technology is falling behind a bit in the fridge these days…
Dude! Thanks! Dude!
I know before I ever start a project it’s going to take me much longer than it should…
yet somehow I managed to be surprised by how much longer!
Ooh, I really like this, Robert. I like the composition and the alover look of it. Way cool, dude!
Thank you very much, S.E…
I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide what ‘piece’ of the portrait to use / what scale / etc…
Thank you very much, N.M.!
Amazing how with evenjust a small slice there is NO doubt that is Abe. Dude! 🙂
He did have a very recognizable look, didn’t he? It seems like he can be abstracted to a ridiculous extent before he begins to loose all ‘Abe-ness’!
Oh Wow! Fantastic artwork . . . as always. Yup, this is Abe alright. 🙂
Many thanks, Ms. F!
So very nice of you to say!
Thank you very much, Eden!
I didn’t know five dollar bill but it looks nice.
Our bill is also drawn about historical men/women.
It’s interesting how much the ‘look’ of our money has changed over time…
I hope they always keep a fairly traditional portrait, though.
Very interesting, Cocomino! I think I will go look at some examples!
Wow, Dude! You PAINTED that? Sorry, I’d have taken that five and gone shopping. Of course, I wouldn’t have been gone long…
Hilarious! I SO want to try that!
Thank you very much!
Dude! It’s FAB! 😀
That’s a very kind thing to say to a dude!
Great drawing of a great dude, Dude! (hopping on the dude-oronomy bandwagon)
Thank you very much, Peg!
Hey Dude, I sent you an email yesterday – check your inbox, k?
I always thought he was the hottest prez. And are those eyes trying to hypnotize me?
So good! I love the shadowing and the lines making up the beard.
Hahaha… you are feeling sleepy… veeeery sleeeepy…
Seriously, though, there really was something about his eyes, wasn’t there? You can really sense it in all those old photographs… hard to put your finger on what, exactly… but absolute greatness there…
Excellent work. i will make sure my wife sees this one. You certainly have the right attiDude. 😀
Many thanks, sir!
Oh no! That reminds me… I’m not sure I left a note on your wife’s excellent drawing!
To the Dark Pines!
This is excellent SIG
is there no end to your
most amazing talents 🙂
Have a great evening…
Thanks much, A.G.!
I sincerely appreciate that incredibly kind comment sir!
Very happy to hear you liked this one!
he’s never looked better than this.
thanks for sharing.
although it is a close tie with your original piece, even though it is such a different style ….. 🙂
They really do have different ‘feels’ don’t they? For the most part I was fairly happy with how this one turned out… I think the first might still be my favorite, though…
I had some lucky things happen when I was working on that one I think…
That is very kind of you to say, P&K!
Thank you so much!
I could use a few of the Abe’s in my pocket now!…lol.
Love the work you put into this one, Sig! It look like you just magnified a $5…that’s how good you are!
Hahaha… I hear you, Deb! Those Abe’s are difficult to hold on to, aren’t they?!
I had to do just that in an attempt to figure this one out, Deb! It would be fun to know how many lines there are in a 5 dollar bill! If you could ‘string’ them all together I wonder just how far they would reach?!
I really like your masterpiece work here Bob 🙂
Many thanks, Jake!
I sincerely appreciate that, sir!
hey brother, can you spare me a dime?
I might have a nickel around here… somewhere… maybe…
Dan Brown rang and he thinks he’s found a clue in your drawing!!!
well, it didn’t intentionally come from me, Loon…
’cause you know I don’t have the first clue!
This is a terrific rendition. I have long since come to hate the way our money looks these days. The first time I was handed a “new” bill (the second time they changed them after 2000) I wondered in what country it had originated. Glad I have a depression era dollar stashed 😉 Someone needs to remember what it used to look like.
Your attention to detail makes me feel a bond with your inner OCD. While I am mean with charcoal, I am dead on with stippling. Not sure I could pull this level of detail off with acrylic. Excellent perspective and depth, SIG.
I know exactly what you mean! It seems like every time a new version comes out it feels a bit stranger than the last. The funny part is that with all the crazy colors / patterns it still seems to be only a week until all the anti-counterfeiting measures have been hacked. In the mean time much of the traditional ‘elegance’ has been lost, too!
It’s been a while since I’ve tried any stippling… always fun, though… I’m sure I’ve got a project in my book-o-ideas that will call for it at some point, though!
The added challenge was this paint has flakes of iron in it (that can then be rusted with an antiquing solution). It’s really cool, and works great, except that the longer you work the more those pieces tend to settle making it all a bit stiff / thick / grainy. Not a big deal on plain surfaces, but when you’re trying to get thin lines it makes things a bit more difficult.
Thanks so much, Red!
The first time they revealed the “color” version it took a 17 year old less than four hours to duplicate it with enough authenticity to pass it. Funny, there was far less counterfeiting with the old currency.
I can imagine the flakes would drive me bats. The rusting effect is awesome though.
Hahaha… it rally is funny, isn’t it?
The effects are really cool. I’ve used it quite a few times, although it’s probably most prominently featured in my ‘Supply‘ piece. I think you’d like it, Red… if you haven’t tried it already.
Are you taking orders? Could you make me some hundreds?
Maybe we should aim high and go for a trillion…
someone’s got to get that ball rolling, right?!
Counterfeiters take note! They would do well to learn a thing or two from you and we’ll be rich very soon. It will just be our secret, SIG!
Hahaha… I just hope they work faster than I do, Ms. C!
They might never finish an entire bill otherwise! Especially if they’re going to get all fancy and do both sides!
Outstanding Inky! I salute you and so does Abe!!! 😀
Many thanks, Mary!
From both of us!
That’s Lincoln’s portrait! 😀
It sure is, Cristina! I’m happy you were able to see a bit of him in there!
Very good work Bob – wish I had the time and skill to paint. Maybe when i retire – the time bit anyway! Turning money from filthy lucre into a work of art is quite an achievement 🙂 I believe they do photography courses inside so you should be ok when the Fed’s catch up with you 😉
I’m positive you have the skill to paint, Martin… but as you say, a lot of it is about finding the time to do so. Especially for folks who are as slow as I am!
Hahaha… I should probably start working on steel and concrete now so I have a chance to get used to it!
Love this! Just watch out for counterfeiters!
Thanks so much, Dishy!
Hahaha… oh no! I forgot to embed one of those metallic strips in there…
Counterfeiting is clearly your game, sir.
Hahaha… if only I were a bit faster…
If I were billing by the hour it could be trouble…
Thanks so much, Mr. H!
Pointillism, very George Seuratish! Love it!
Funny you should say that, Lynn…
I was just thinking it would be nice to spend some time lounging around on La Grande Jatte…
thank you so much!
uh uh.. no lounging for you S-i-G. An arisit doesn’t get to lounge around. There’s art to produce for the masses to enjoy as we loung around. It’s back to work for youQuickly now! 🙂 We’re getting impatient.
Hahaha… ooookay. Seriously, though… it’s funny… I can’t even finish one project before I’m thinking about the next two. I never get my to-do list whittled down because working on one idea always produces at least two or three more. One step forward, as they say, I guess!
I see that the Mr. Lincoln that Bill and Ted brought back stopped by for a visit.
Just wanted to let you know that you have earned the Angelika Award. 🙂
Thank you so very much, sir!
I’m off to investigate!
I thought Money as soon as I saw it. That’s really neat.
Note: Do people still say neat or should I stop watching the Brady Bunch???
Happy to hear that, Tony!
Hahaha… I think so… well, I do, anyway (but you probably shouldn’t go by me, you know)!
Dude! That’s awesome.
Wow, I’m behind. Having a hard time keeping up these days.
Thank you so much!
And that is very understandable! Happens to me all the time, and I don’t even have to keep track of what’s happening on the bus!