Charlie Hadley is a character artist with a passion for American history. In fact, for the upcoming Independence Day holiday, Charlie and his wife, Lisa, are embarking on a cross-country historical tour of National Parks! Today he shares with us his combined obsession with characters and history.
I love history. Whether it’s sitting on the couch watching the History channel or visiting various historic sites, history always inspires me. Maybe it’s the fact that I was born on the 4th of July or that I was raised in a town called Independence…either way, I can’t get enough.
I also love drawing. As long as I can remember, I have always drawn or painted. I especially love drawing people. When I was a kid, I had an antique, decorative trashcan featuring all the U.S. presidents. I would look at that trashcan for hours and draw the faces of each figure.
With the 4th coming up, I decided to take my love of drawing and my love of history and combine them to make art prints featuring a few of our founding fathers. I really like them, and I hope you do too.
These illustrations contain a few fun facts about each of the men featured.
Download ‘em. Print ‘em. Learn a little.
Just don’t throw them away in your decorative trashcan.
In addition to displaying Charlie’s wonderful illustrations, be sure to show your American pride this Independence Day with these shareable quotes! Hosting a patriotic party this year? Check out our Fourth of July Hallmark.com Ideas section for great recipe and party inspiration!