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How to Draw George Washington

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“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
― George Washington

George Washington was the first president of the United States. Prior to his presidency, he commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and served as chairman to the Constitutional Convention, the body that wrote the American Constitution.

Did you know? A number of myths have surrounded the Father of the United States. One is that he had wooden teeth - actually, his false teeth were made of materials such as gold wire and hippopotamus ivory. Another myth is that he chopped down his father's cherry tree then said "I cannot tell a lie." This story was actually the invention of a bookseller in the 1800s.

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Although cameras were not yet in existence during his lifetime, we know what George Washington looked like because his portrait was painted many times. Today, he serves as a symbol of America. His likeness can be seen on the face of the quarter dollar coin and the one-dollar bill, as well as numerous postage stamps. Two universities have been named after him, as well as the iconic Washington Monument, an obelisk located in Washington, D.C.

Would you like to draw George Washinton? This easy, step-by-step presidential drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a sheet of paper and pencil, pen, or marker.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing George Washington

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1. Begin by sketching the shape of the face. Use a series of curved lines. Note the curvature of the hairline, the bulge of the brow, the rounded jawline, and the line that extends to form the neck.

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2. Next, draw George Washington's hair. Use a series of overlapping "U" shaped lines at the bottom to form the curls. Use a long, wavy line to outline the top of the hair. Then, texture the hair using many short, curved lines.

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3. Begin to draw Washington's garments. Enclose the collar of the shirt using a curved line. Then, use a series of overlapping curved lines to craft the collar, front, and shoulder of his jacket.

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4. Continue drawing the garments. Extend the line of the neck, and connect it to the jacket with a curved line. Draw a pair of wavy curved lines to form the front of the jacket. Embellish the opposite side of the jacket with a wavy line.

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5. Extend a line from the jacket to form the remaining shoulder. Connect the two shoulders using a wide "U" shaped line. This gives the drawing the appearance of a bust or statue.

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6. Draw Washington's scarf. Use overlapping curved lines to outline the cloth. Then, draw several curved lines diverging from the top of it, indicating creases in the fabric. Draw two lines from the bottom of the scarf to the bottom of the figure.

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7. Begin to detail Washington's face. Shade heavy curved lines to indicate the eyebrows, and another to form the nose.

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8. Use curved lines, meeting at points on the corners, to outline the eyes. Draw two circles within each eye, and shade the inner circle to indicate the pupil.

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9. Use curved lines to draw the flat mouth and detail the chin.

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Color George Washington.

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