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This is what our Presidents were REALLY like!

Jason Heuser is an *extremely* American concept artist/illustrator. You may not have heard of him, but you may have seen his wildly popular “New and Improved Presidents” series. Here’s a small sample of the project:

George WARshington! Yes, that’s what it’s actually called.

 

They’re might be pictures more American than these, but it’s a VERY short list.

 

Regardless of whether we look back on these past Presidents favorably, or unfavorably, I think we can all appreciate the quality of their “New and Improved” portraits. They’re very detailed, to say the least, and hilariously over-the-top!

 

Even our current President gets the treatment. I’m not sure which detail I like more: the gold-plated tank treads, or the fact that the main gun has the words “You’re fired” painted on it.

 

 

Mecha Roosevelt is my personal favorite.

The rest of Heuser’s artwork can be found on his artstation account at https://www.artstation.com/jasonheuser. Although, you can probably find these particular portraits anywhere on the internet where people are craving a little extra Freedom. ‘Merica!

 

Cat tax. (Also by Heuser)

5 Comments

  1. nwilso wrote:

    This was amazing! These graphic design skills!!! Wow!! So much detail.

    Friday, April 27, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  2. atowner wrote:

    Wow, good lord. These are a fun new take on the presidential portraits of old, but coated in a healthy layer of pop culture influences. I really hope these are popular enough for someone to study in art history some day in the future, just to add that extra layer of confusion.

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  3. amilstei wrote:

    Wow. No offense, but I hate it. I also don’t fully understand the purpose?

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm | Permalink
  4. bscott15 wrote:

    I love these so much. I think the Mecha Roosevelt is my favorite. Extremely talented designer and illustrator.

    Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  5. iyoung wrote:

    I could see how these could be controversial, and I’m interested to see how non-creators would react to these. Especially those involved in politics.

    Personally, I think they are incredible. I love it when creators can bridge the gap of the ‘art’ world and the regular world and showing are presidents in a provocative way is definitely one way of doing that. I don’t find anything wrong with them because they are so over-the-top that you know there’s a bit of comedy in it and aren’t supposed to read too much into it.

    For example, with the Trump one I don’t think he would have included the “You’re Fired” on the tank if he wanted it to be some sort of political statement, he would have done something more critical like “Build the Wall” or things of that nature.

    That said, going back to my original point I wonder how many people were offended by this? I also wonder if it a generational thing to appreciate meme-like material and get a laugh out of it versus the very serious nature of a subject like ‘politics’ in which it is juxtaposed with in a case like this.

    Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink