Speaking of ex-President Obama’s new official portrait having an extra finger, commenter Chris Marsk notes:
On Schwarzenegger’s portrait, notice the left lapel, which doesn’t have the same matte light reflection. It came with his ex-wife’s face on a lapel badge, and Schwarzenegger crudely scraped it off. A restorer had to be called in to paint over it, but left the area a little shinier than the rest of the painting.
And here’s another official portrait of a once and future California governor, Jerry Brown:
Is the right side of Brown’s skull bigger than the left side?
I don’t know that it is, but in any case, the painter, Don Bachardy, definitely captured Jerry Brown’s personality. I had a five minute conversation with Brown back when he was mayor of Oakland and that’s pretty much the look he gave me the whole time.