Saturday, August 6, 2011


Welcome to another episode of Illustration Friday, where this week's prompt is "imperfect".

I recently finished reading a book titled The Art of Making Money.  It's about a guy - who coincidentally is named Art - who successfully counterfeited the 1996 one hundred dollar bill.  Well, somewhat successfully since he's currently in prison...

It was an intriguing book and I was impressed by the lengths at which a person will go to break the law.  It was a rush for him, and I think an addiction, to pass his fake money as the real thing.  I don't in any way condone what he did, but at the same time, he did create masterpieces.

My artplay is a hobby for me.  I do these illustration Friday posts and other things, but trust me...
Plenty of my creations end up in the trash!


  1. nice illo. Sounds like a good read too - will have to check it out

  2. Very nice replication of Ben Franklin. Probably wouldn't take much for you to come up with a counterfeit bill! :-)

  3. Nice drawing! I'm curious about the book too.

  4. VERY nice sketch of BF. Well done. Interesting sounding book, too.

  5. Abby, can you make that a little smaller, so we can print it out and use it?

    Seriously, there was a counterfeiter many years ago, in Africa, who did excellent work, but made one mistake--he adorned each bill with a portrait of himself!

  6. Love the feel of this portrait - better some images end in the trash than a till!

  7. Great drawing of old Ben. He's one of my favorite historical characters. Sounds like a good read.

  8. It's always good when there's a book recommendation! (I'm wanting to read the one about art heists!) Likeable likeness of ol' Ben, too.