The Lost Daguerreotype Photographs of James and Dolley Madison
Lost to history and now found….. A very rare glimpse of Daguerreotype photographs by Matthew Brady of James Madison with his beloved Dolley Madison.
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The Life Mask Face of James Madison – A Photoshop Restoration
What did James Madison Look Like?
This post is part II and somewhat a repeat of What Did The Founding Fathers Look Like? – James Madison. However, unlike my first post, I now have higher quality images to work with, thanks to the Fenimore Art Museum. I will be adding side views of Madison’s face to this post in the future.
No photographs of Madison exist, but we do have his life mask showing his exact likeness, wrinkles and all. I’m sure the War of 1812 attributed to quite a few of those wrinkles.
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The Real James Madison
With so many variations among paintings, one wonders just what did the Founding Fathers of the United States really look like. When creating my graphic novel about founding father and 4th president James Madison I wanted to have an accurate portrayal of Madison for my book. No photographs of Madison exist, but we do have his life mask showing his exact likeness.
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The Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison
December 2018, my friend Dave and I visited Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia. The trip was enjoyable, but at that time Montpelier allowed no photos of the interior of the mansion. This was very disappointing.
We returned to Montpelier in June of 2019 after finding out we could now photograph the inside of the home. By this time, I was well into my science fiction graphic novel project about Madison. This visit allowed me to capture some lovely interior background photos for my project.
This post focuses on the interior of Montpelier. I’ve added a little extra flavor by adding James and Dolley with dialogue to some of the photos as if we had visited them. I Photoshopped “modernity” background items out of some of the images, i.e., security cameras, air vents, perimeter roping, etc. to make it look more like Madison’s time. Click on the “Before” image links to see the original photos.
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James Madison Becomes a Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms Meme
Using some of the characters I’ve created with Photoshop, I have created a Second Amendment meme that has been used on social media. Feel free to use this for non-commercial use regardless of your political bent.
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President James Madison – There’s UFOs over Montpelier
“Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s UFO’s over New York and I ain’t too surprised
Nobody told me there’d be days like these” – John Lennon
Well, maybe not over New York Mr. Lennon but certainly aliens are visiting Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia, USA.
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President Thomas Jefferson in Science Fiction – The battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Everyone knows the five essential elements of a story are: characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Well, today’s post is about one of the many “conflict” parts of my graphic novel. This is part II of Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character where Thomas Jefferson appears a 2nd time as a character and is having a severe conflict with his old friend James Madison. Continue reading Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
President James Madison in science fiction
As a hobby, I enjoy writing science fiction graphic novels. I create original plots and use many photographic images and paintings to produce illustrations. This love for science fiction, graphic novels, and history lead me to create a graphic novel in which the 4th president of the United States, James Madison and his wife Dolley Payne Madison travel to the distant future on another planet. The graphic novel itself is not published online; however, some of the images from that effort are posted here. The purpose of this post is to show what one can do with Adobe Photoshop and other imaging applications. They are transformative and for educational purposes only. Continue reading Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character