I am Cheryl A. Daniel, also known as Digital Yarbs, an ardent aficionado of both Photoshop and history. My passion lies in reconstructing life masks, statues, and busts of renowned early Americans and other prominent historical figures.
Combining my educational foundation in printing, graphic design, and a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, I boast a multifaceted professional history. However, my true passion has perpetually revolved around the realms of graphics and publishing. My initial role at a community newspaper acted as a gateway to the realm of Adobe Photoshop. Since then, I've continually relished both playful experimentation and skilled utilization of the software throughout my professional journey.
I'm passionate about utilizing Photoshop and occasionally AI tools to create facial reconstructions of life masks, statues, and busts depicting notable early Americans and other prominent historical figures. Many have inquired about the origins of my interest in reconstructing life masks. It all began when I embarked on a quest to find the most accurate portrayal of James Madison for a historical/sci-fi novel I was writing. Amidst the myriad portraits of Madison, none seemed to capture his true essence. That's when I stumbled upon his life mask, which offered the most faithful representation. Despite having written around 500 pages of my novel, I made the decision to set it aside and focus solely on reconstructing life masks.
Once I shared my initial reconstruction of James Madison's life mask on social media, requests for similar work started pouring in. This prompted me to journey to New York, where I made my way to the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. This museum is home to the John Henri Isaac Browere collection of life masks portraying the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. The museum generously granted me access to photograph the original plaster life masks stored away from public view. And so, my expedition into the realm of life masks began, accompanied by explorations into the realms of statues and busts.
Engravings, drawings, paintings and sculptures of these historical figures may not be accurate, as they most likely suffer from “artistic license” and “sympathetic treatment” commonly employed by many contemporary portrait artists. Due to the lightness of Browere's plaster mixture the faces of his life masks were not distorted and were considered very accurate likenesses. Jefferson endorsed his life mask bust, as did James and Dolley Madison when they saw it several days later. James Madison said of his own life mask, "Per request of Mr. Browere, busts of myself and of my wife, regarded as exact likenesses, have been executed by him in plaister, being casts made from the moulds formed on our persons, of which this certificate is given under my hand at Montpelier, 19, October, 1825." Montpelier, 19, October, 1825."
Starting with a high-resolution photographs of these life masks; combined with meticulous research into eye color, hair style and color, eyebrows, complexion, etc.; and the magic of Adobe Photoshop, viewers for the first time get to see the real faces of these great icons of history reconstructed to show what they most likely looked like.
At yarbs.net, you can delve into my captivating collection of reconstructions and animations derived from these life masks, showcasing how these subjects might have appeared in period dress daguerreotypes and photographs. Along the way, I sprinkle fascinating historical tidbits to enrich your journey. Among my reconstructions, you will discover the faces of illustrious individuals such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Dolley Madison, Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Clay, and an array of others!
You can see or purchase Digital Yarbs' works at Fayetteville History Museum, James Madison Museum and the Lafayette Alliance.
My Photoshop facial reconstructions have been featured on book covers and displayed in history museums.
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Witness the authentic faces of historical figures reconstructed with the remarkable capabilities of Photoshop, utilizing actual plaster life mask castings of their heads and upper torsos.
A captivating collection featuring daguerreotypes, color photographs, and artwork inspired by meticulously reconstructed life masks of prominent figures from American history, including the founding fathers.
Embark on a mesmerizing journey through time as Photoshop and AI seamlessly weave their magic, revealing the faces of historical figures in their youthful splendor, derived from their very own life masks.
Experience the captivating transformation of historical figures as Photoshop breathes life into the faces of busts and statues.
Utilizing the powerful tools of Adobe Photoshop and AI, I breathe new life into vintage photographs and daguerreotypes by colorizing, enhancing, de-aging, and occasionally reconstructing them.
I proudly present my complete works of my favorite statesman!
Utilizing the powerful tools of Adobe Photoshop and AI, see some of the fun things I do with historical figures and life masks.
Some of my first works, not necessarily the best. But, here you go. "Intimate History Tours" are virtual tours created using Photoshop in which you and I get to meet various people from history and see their homes!
Visit my shop for select images available as signed/numbered high-quality archival giclee prints, limited edition canvases with a certificate of authenticity, and 4x6 premium matte postcards.
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I am Cheryl A. Daniel, also known as Digital Yarbs, an ardent aficionado of both Photoshop and history. My passion lies in reconstructing life masks, statues, and busts of renowned early Americans and other prominent historical figures. At yarbs.net, you can delve into a captivating collection of reconstructions and animations derived from these life masks, showcasing how these subjects might have appeared in daguerreotypes and photographs. Along the way, I sprinkle fascinating historical tidbits to enrich your journey. Among my reconstructions, you will discover the faces of illustrious individuals such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Dolley Madison, Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Clay, and an array of others!
See or purchase Digital Yarbs' works at these fine historical sites.
Select images are available as signed/numbered high-quality archival giclee prints, limited edition canvases with a certificate of authenticity, and 4x6 premium matte postcards at Digital Yarbs Ebay Store.
"Very Nice! Long live De Lafayette!"
"Excellent canvas print of our first president! Transaction was easy and quick. Would highly recommend seller to those interested in getting artwork of our Founding Fathers!"
"The postcards are fantastic, artistic creations, and scientific wonders. Shipping time was fast and the artist is honest, friendly, generous, and very forthright. I liked all the extra items sent."
"The artist and her art are impressive. The photo card arrived quickly and was mailed with care."
"Amazing work and quality. George was a handsome man and this picture does him justice, unlike the toothless, old man images of him. He was in his 50s when he became President. The only change I would make would be to show him with dark, reddish hair like he had in his youth. Thanks!"
"Great cards! Finally a real likeness of George Washington! So worth the price! Also, excellent card stock. Seller communication was great as well!"
"Love my GW print!! It brings George back to life! Highly recommend Cheryl's work."
"Beautifully done picture....George is a handsome guy!"
"Nicely done. Very pleased. Consider myself a knowledgeable person on George Washington and I am very impressed. Thank you"
"Now here is THE item to buy if you wish a view of what the Leading Lights of America looked like. I got this to harmonize with my 1815+or- House. It came, well packed, with a 'flock of documentation and information-'-a sure sign of a careful, and proud of their work; Vendor. The quality is above first rate. I had planned to place it in a 'Wally World' frame. NOPE, I will spend the money and have it done aright. In all things-Professional is the only word here. Buy some historic art for YOUR house, you will not be disappointed."
"Excellent service, product, and price"