Constituents Can’t Read

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During the 1860s and early 1870s, Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall political machine ruled New York. He was such a potent figure that he was able to steal what amounted to billions of dollars (adjusted for inflation) from New York City taxpayers’ coffers with relative ease. But, in the end, it was a series of drawings that helped topple Tweed.

Thomas Nast’s drawings pierced the veil of Tweed’s machinations and conveyed the corruption in a powerful way. So effective were these drawings, that according to legend, Tweed urged his henchmen to bribe Nast into ceasing, exclaiming: “Stop them damn pictures! I don’t care what the papers write about me. My constituents can’t read. But, damn it, they can see the pictures!”

It was too late. Nast’s drawings gave the public a visual imagine of the corruption they all knew was taking place; they just needed a common point to rally around.

This blurb is from Angelo Carusone. I took it from the intro he wrote for the political section in my upcoming book, 1000 Days of Drawing (which, by the way, will be available very soon!)

On a side note, I’m on Oprah’s blog today. Didn’t expect that, did you? Yeah, me either.

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After starting his career as a graphic designer at award-winning studios in New England, Chris accidentally became an illustrator. He’s pretty happy about that. This strange transformation was a result of his daily drawing project that he started in late 2007, in fact he’s still posting a new drawing every day.  Chris holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Illustration. He has been the recipient of Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judge’s Awards and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as BoNE awards from the AIGA and a Silver Award from Gaphis. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print Magazine and Communication Arts. His client list includes; Converse, Nike, Chronicle Publishing, Boston Magazine, McDonalds, Scholastic, Harvard Business School Publishing, Warner Music Group, Republic Records.

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