February 22, 2022 3 min read

Pres DayThe story of Presidents' Day begins in 1800. Following the death of George Washington in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance.

 

At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history, and events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration.

 

Facts about President's Day:

  1. The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents' Day began in the late 1960s, when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

  1. While Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it was not long before the shift to Presidents' Day began. The move away from February 22 led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays.
  1. Marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents' Day” bargains were advertised at stores around the country.

  1. By the mid-1980s, Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents' Day. This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents' Day on their calendars.
  1. Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents' Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives.

 

 

Let’s start Drawing President's Day Step by Step

 

In this tutorial we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B
  • Colored Pencil:
    • red
    • blue
    • cyan
    • brown
    • beige
    • light blue
    • dark brown
    • ocher
    • burgundy

 

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Pres Day

Step 1. We start the drawing with the help of circles and lines outline the figure of the president and the stand. (Pencil B)

 

Pres DayStep 2. Based on the construction line, draw the outline of the president's figure, as well as a hat and circles outline the brushes. (Pencil B)

 

Pres DayStep 3. We draw the details, such as: the patterns on the hat, brushes, the face and details of the jacket, shirt and tie, as well as the details of the stand. (Pencil B)

 

Pres DayStep 4. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and draw the background. We start with the line of houses, then we move on to the flags and the last step is to draw the lines of the clouds. (Pencil B)

 

Pres DayStep 5.  We start working with colored pencils by making a general tone. We use red for the tie and top of the hat, blue for the bottom, blue for the jacket, beige for the skin, and brown for the stand and hair. (Colored pencils red, blue, cyan, brown, beige)

 

Pres DayStep 6. Next, we begin a more detailed study. At the beginning we enhance all the colors accordingly, then we start adding shadows. We use burgundy for red elements, blue for blue, dark brown for brown, ocher for beige, blue for white, and light on blue blue. (Colored pencils red, blue, light blue, brown, beige, dark brown, ocher, burgundy)

 

Pres DayStep 7. Go to the background and start with a general tone. We use blue for houses, blue and red for the flag. (Colored pencils blue, blue, red)

 

Pres DayStep 8. Next, we move on to working out the background. To do this, we also enhance all the colors and then add shadows. For red, we use burgundy, for blue, dark blue, for blue, blue and for white, blue. (Colored pencils blue, blue, red, burgundy, dark blue)

 

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