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final constructed image

final pick for the constructed image of ben franklin. from the last version I reshot it to get rid of the harsh shadow along her leg and move the light onto the key, and then added more space to the left side to give emphasis on darkness and how the lady is more of a hidden, lesser known trait of ben.

SYMBOLISM //

kite & key // lightning rod/inventor of many things

join or die cartoon // worked as a printer with his own newspaper in pennsylvania

declaration of independence // founding father/developer of both declaration and constitution/only signed the declaration

woman // flirtatious attitude/supposed involvement in the hellfire club/fathered illegitimate children

rough draft

for my ben franklin constructed image I’m choosing to use the well known aspects of ben in the form of a kite with a key, the  declaration of independence, and then his newspaper cartoon which also contains my quote choice. and then the woman represents the less known aspect of ben and his supposed association with the hellfire club and his flirtatious personality. here shows large scale sketch and process of recreating the declaration by dyeing it with tea/coffee, yum! and then starting the lettering using gouache.

and then here is a draft of the final constructed image. I still need to complete the paragraph of the document and the rest of the signatures. as well as make ben’s signature more prominent and bold. 

ben franklin

benjamin franklin had a lot going for him. he achieved success in all his adventures. Ben was the tenth child of seventeen from Josiah Franklin. Ben joined up with one of his brothers to become a printmaker. at a young age Ben was able to deceive many by pretending to be Silence Dogood, an old widow who sent many letters to the Franklin print shop. After upsetting his brother, Ben decided to run off on his own. He ended up in Pennsylvania, where he would then open up his own printer. now he was able to print whatever he wanted without having to hide behind an anonymous name. in “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” Ben shared witty thoughts and advice.

Ben retired early from the printing press to move on to scientific studies. Ben was a man of many different masks. with not being formally educated, Benjamin was capable of becoming one of America’s great inventors. he is especially known for his experiment with a kite and key, for which he discovered that lightning carries an electrical current. he also invented bifocals, swim fins, extension arm, and the list continues.

Ben was also the first postmaster, the first stamp featured a portrait of himself. Franklin also practiced fire fighting. to prepare for the Revolution, he was the first arms dealer as well. the other, not well known, side of Ben Franklin is that he was a ladies man. he is thought to have taken part in Sir Frances Dashwood’s secret society, the Hellfire Club. which met underground to have sensuous parties. it’s not for certain that he did participate in this club, but the association fits with how historians describe his mannerisms with woman.

Ben Franklin had major political roles in congress. he had in involvement in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  Ben Franklin ventured into pretty much everything he set his mind to. the following quote from Ben explains his views towards life, “A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things, There will be sleeping enough in the grave.”  with his successes he is one of the great ‘founding fathers’ of our country. for which he holds the top position by being featured on the hundred dollar bill.

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after learning all about Ben I found some images that pictured many of the strong aspects of Ben’s accomplishments, it’s not very organized but it gives me idea of how to incorporate all his characteristics together. the image of Julian from “Big Daddy” was what I first pictured when I decided to do Ben Franklin, so I know that it will most likely make it into my final constructed image. then I am thinking about focusing on the not well known side of Ben with being a ladies man and then the association with money. but then still incorporating his accomplishments with developing the country, a good mix of imagery.