This time, more on the art of currency. My work is all about detail. And, in the illustration field, there’s nothing more detailed than the engraved image. I create a lot of the Wall Street Journal hedcut portraits, for which I’m known, but I also get assignments involving the art of money. Although not strictly a currency design, the client who commissioned the Roosevelt portrait above requested that the illustration be made to look like an engraving.
Once, I was hired to duplicate a small portion of the one-dollar bill for Luxor, the Las Vegas casino.
Believe it or not, this illustration was printed on a huge banner and hung from the casino’s facade! Wish I had a picture of that…
Sports Illustrated commissioned this image of a famous (and wealthy) golfer:
Note the not-so-subtle product endorsement.
Another interesting casino project found me conjuring up a few U.S. presidents, with a twist.
The ornate headgear indicates that these gents have struck it rich! I drew the background texture to give the impression of an engraved image. This was a lot of fun to produce, and was used on billboards in Vegas, as I recall.
Well, I have to go now, down to the printing-press in the basement… (wink, wink!)