A lifetime of fascination flows through Lloyd Ostendorf's fingers. As
he talks, Ostendorf sketches a young Lincoln without a beard. At this
point, he exhibits a twin young Lincoln which he was contracted to do
before he came to complete this contract. Then, he beings"aging"
the portrait B adding the full beard, the deep lines, the five sets
of wrinkles. The Aging of a President. In the video, Ostendorf stated,"Some
people considered Lincoln ugly. He was a wrinkly skinned person. His
ears were big. His nose was big and crooked. His eyes were big. He had
pockmarks, an odd little lump on his lower lip. He had a flesh-colored
mole on the left side of the cheek. He had a big Adam's apple, a long
neck. UGLY? No, he had a sort of rugged beauty. His eyes had a certain
dreaminess. They were as transparent as an alabaster vase. They were
honest eyes. You believed in Lincoln, you trusted Lincoln when you looked
into his eyes."
"I'm still learning about Lincoln's face," he admits. "New
material, new pictures are still surfacing."