What Do These People Have in Common?

What, you might ask, do these famous and infamous people have in common? All of them either wanted to be, studied to be, worked as, or simply acted as illustrators.
    Gary Cooper came to New York to find fame and fortune in the art business–he failed. Katherine Harris, former Florida Secretary of State who skewed the 2000 election toward George W. Bush, studied one summer at the illustrator’s program at Ringling School. Enrico Caruso made caricatures of famous artists and musicians. George Lincoln Rockwell (at center of the image below), the leader of the American Nazi Party in the 1950s, was an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist, and even won an award from the Society of Illustrators. Pablo Picasso (painted here by Juan Gris) published cartoons in satiric newspapers in France and Spain. (Juan Gris contributed his own cartoons to the satiric L’Assiette au Beurre.) And Tom Hanks, in his first cross-dressing role, played a “graphic artist” (a.k.a. illustrator) on Bosom Buddies.
    Can you think of others who gave up the illustrative arts for fame or infamy, fortune or penury?

(Ed. note: If you missed the first two e-mails this week due to technical difficulties, here are the entries from Monday and Tuesday.)

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.