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Presidential Portraits by WonderDookie Presidential Portraits by WonderDookie
The 43 presidents of the United States in my faux cut-out caricature style.

I started this project more than a year ago hoping to have them all finished in time for the election. Ha! Oh well, better late then never.

One of my motivations for doing this series was to educate myself about historical presidents. How many can you name without having to look them up? I've been working on this project for so long a couple of the early ones already escape me.

Larger versions of each of the portraits, as well as a bit of trivia about each president, can be found on my blog - dansartblog.blogspot.com/searc…

The More you Know :star:

P.S. Sorry for the file size. There would be no way to show the details without it being a bit massive.

And here's a link to the wiki page about the presidents - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Presi…
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Given 2013-09-09
Presidential Portraits by ~WonderDookie is an awesome caricature project motivated by the want to learn more about the Presidents' history. Check out the description for a link to the individual portraits and bits of trivia! ( Featured by y2jenn )
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armaanuit Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful.....its just been 1 day on this site and am loving being on this site 
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

And that's great!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Wonderful caricatures!  My father had us memorize the names of the U.S. Presidents in order.  I always got stuck between Lincoln and McKinley since most of those guys were seat warmers.  The only one that I did remember for that period was Rutherford B. Hayes.  Not a great President, but he had a cool name and epic beard!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. That's fun. My dad didn't really get into presidential history until we were past that age. Making us memorize the presidents may be something he would do now though.

A lot of people are really down on Grant, who was president during that time period, and I think that's a bit unfair. Anyone who prosecutes the KKK so fanatically as Grant did gets a gold star in my book. 

haha. The things that were most memorable for me about Hayes were that he turned down a second term, and Mark Twain campaigned for him. That would have been something to see.
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the link. Is there something specific I should be looking for on it?
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
No:) The link is there to inform people who might not know who the caricatures might represent. Especially people who don't know much about the U.S. presidents or are not American.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a good idea. I'll copy and past it into the description.
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OhMyGodItsTheYeti Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really fabulous!^-^
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm really happy to hear that you enjoy it. It's been rewarding to have it so positively received. 
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OhMyGodItsTheYeti Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
 You're very welcome!^-^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After XXVII no president had a beard anymore :/
But well done of course XD
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
So far, every President that has a beard was a Republican.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whatis the big difference between both of your partys, in our land we have usually 4-5 partys XD
So are they two extremely different, or just a bit in some questions?
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
In the USA. the 2 major parties that control us are the Democratic party and the Republican party. There is also a Libertarian Party,Constitution Party, and a "green" party. We have virtually HUNDREDS of minor political parties with no major power.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_…

The 2 MAJOR political parties are extremely different. The Republican party is in general anti-abortion,opposed to same sex marriage and LGBT rights although there is some Republicans who support same sex marriage and LGBT rights and are pro-choice. The Democratic party believes in more government control and regulations and stricter gun control generally, while the Republican Party is usually opposed to gun control and big government.
The symbol for the Republican Party is an elephant and it's color is red. The symbol for the Democrat Party is a donkey and it's color is blue.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah so reps are more conservative and demos are more liberal, is that right?
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Yes. And they are almost always fighting over something.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes we heard it in the news, itīs sometimes a bit like Kindergarten XD
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nixon had that ever present stubble. I do think it's strange that there haven't been any bearded presidents since Harrison with a beard though. I think they look regal. Most beards anyway. My own does not look so good. haha.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Historical persons always had a beard, but in modern times the people dislike it suddenly XD
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Savannah-ERVIN Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional
The US gov. should print this and provide it to schools, haha! (really fabulous)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Thanks! Maybe we can start one of those whitehouse.gov petitions to do that. haha.
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oliphantics Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
brilliant!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad you like it!
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Cyndrome Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!! So Awesome! 
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Thank you! Glad you dig it!
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Durandana Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! I really love the kind of paper cut out look, and the colors are so soft and nice. This style is so lovely, a feast for the eyes :heart:

Not being from the USA, I can only name a few of them, but from the ones I recognize, I'm sure the caricatures are spot on.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I've been playing with hat paper cut-out style for ages now. I feel like it is finally starting to come into its own. I keep juggling between doing these digitally and traditionally. 

haha. Some of the caricatures are more accurate than others. Especially some of those older presidents that I just had to base on really bad photos or painted portraits.
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Durandana Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, historical illustration... my brother requested me to draw some caricatures from the XVI-XVII centuries from portraits and I'm having a hard time figuring out what kind of headwear are they even wearing because most of them look like vaguely hat-shaped black lumps barely discernible from the background...
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. Good luck with that. It's a lot harder than it seems. Especially since I'm sure some of the old portrait artists were a bit generous ignoring some of the more unattractive/distinctive features. 
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Durandana Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing from portraits is pretty much doing second-hand caricatures. Oh, well :D
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Like a parody of a parody. Those are the worst!
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Fincbdrummer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can name maybe 5, but I'm not American so that's not a shame.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. That's pretty good!
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L1701E Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
That is an awesome series of portraits. Cartoony, yet completely recognizable. Nice job!
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! "Cartoony". haha. I keep trying to decide whether what I do is caricature, or just sort of turning portraits into cartoons. I prefer cartoon.
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L1701E Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
So do I.
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Drakorix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look great :3 The 11th president kind of reminds me of Bill Murray.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha! I thought he looked more like a Malfoy. 
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Drakorix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
x3
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dat Nixon....
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. What an old rascal. 
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
H
C'xahaha
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It sounds like the beginning of "Dukes of Hazzard". What has that Nixon got himself into this time? 
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha!!
I didn't notice~!!!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just love how, when any post featuring Obama is popular on deviantart, people pile on the "lets dump on Obama" bandwagon. Get a life, people.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. I guess people need an avenue for their frustration, and what's better than the anonymity of the internet?

I have my moments of dumping on Obama as well, but then I remember that it could have been much worse. Much much worse.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Of course, it could have been much worse. You're absolutely right.
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chamoruchanel27 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like this... but this makes me SO uncomfortable.

A majority of them - most of the earlier ones - look fuckin' pissed as hell. Except for when I get to the 14th President (I don't know who he is; I'm not goin' to lie. I was never good at history...), 'cause his face... I don't know. He's like wary of the artist or the viewers or something. It's funny.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah.  I think it was because their teeth were so bad that they never smiled. It would probably be even scarier to see their rotten mouths. 

That wary one was Franklin Pierce. I had a lot of fun with that likeness. 
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