Thursday, April 1, 2010

Edward Wong-Ligda

Edward Wong-Ligda deserves his own turn in the spotlight.
He's had a distinguished career as an illustrator, painter, and muralist.
I was lucky to find him for Famous Potatoes when he was just starting out.
He was living in a soon-to-be-demolished old farm building at the back of an orchard in Sunnyvale.
He told me, "You have to say exactly what you want me to draw because I don't have any imagination." Not true, of course. I couldn't show him any images of a dog killing a rattlesnake, but he drew this anyway:
Ed had a feel for highway americana
and foodand drinkalways in keeping with the earthy style of a book that was, of course, about that earthiest of subjects: potatoes.

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