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Anicurio #11 (Snake)© - Pencil Illustration
Anicurio #11 (Snake)© - Pencil Illustration

Anicurio #11 (Snake)© - Pencil Illustration

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S. Skukerman

This is one of those rare times I step out of the Victorian/Edwardian time period. It was late at night, and I found myself looking through vintage mug shots of criminals (as you do), and among the usual rogue's gallery of scary faces was this slight, snake-like man who looked coiled and ready to strike at any time. Almost cartoonish. Although he didn't have the same physical stature as the others, he was able to send a shiver up your spine just by looking at him. So I used him as a reference for this piece.

His name was Sydney Skukerman. This is a Police mugshot. NSW Police Gazette, Sydney, Australia. S. Skukerman (alias Kukarman, alias Cecil Landan) was captioned 'obtains goods from warehousemen by falsely representing that he is in business.'

But I think I read somewhere else that he was arrested for accounting fraud. Anyway, whatever it was, in my imagination, I've recast him as a diabolical mastermind who was caught on these lesser charges.

With that name and that look, I really had to redraw him as a snake, didn't I?

Each original illustration is carefully hand drawn in pencil. Once finished, I hand age and treat them with various dye methods, to resemble an old dusty antique photograph. I want this series to suggest something that was rediscovered by you. An inherited artifact from a mysterious benefactor? Or perhaps revealed in a long abandoned attic, lying at the bottom of a chest. Buried beneath old dusty clothes and fading hand written notes.

Paper print (Matte finish - Signed): 8.5" X 11" - $30.00

Paper print (Matte finish - Signed): 10W" x 14H" - $39.00

Original: SOLD

Some digital prints may have a slight enhancement from the original illustration, to increase tone and color balance.

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