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Hamming it up with my sketch

Aw, yeah.  That’s me posing with a sketch of mine published November 2009 in Snyd & Bedrag: Verdens Største Svindlere og Fupnumre.  In English, it’s translated Hoax & Deception:  the Wide World of Chisels and Cheats.  (The book just came in the mail.)  I drew the sketch in June 2009 along with a series of others just to test what I could do in 30 minutes.  I gave myself a time limit because I can work on a piece for years and either not be satisfied or leave it unfinished.  I posted the image and wrote about the experience.

A short time later I was contacted by a Danish author, Kasper Nielsen, who asked if he could use the sketch to illustrate Edgar Allan Poe’s investigation of a mechanical chess game called the Turk.  The game defeated both Benjamin Franklin and Napolean Bonaparte.  Many suspected the machine to be a hoax operated by a hidden chess master.  However, the scam wasn’t exposed until the 1820’s.

At any rate, the kids think I’m all that for the day.

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13 thoughts on “Little Edgar All Grown Up and Gone to Publisher

  1. It’s personally amusing to me that an off the cuff, 30-minute sketch is featured in a book entitled “Hoax and Deception”. Do you get to tack “internationally renowned book illustrator” onto your name now? 🙂

    Congrats!

    (BTW, I thought “Snyd” meant “cut” like in cutting cloth or hide for clothes?)

  2. Pingback: Forlagsgruppen Bindslev » Snyd & bedrag på blog i USA

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