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A Brief History of WSJ's Stipple Portraits

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NEW YORK ( -- The economy may not be in a recession, technically speaking, but the news is somber enough that Wall Street Journal articles seem to require new, gloomier versions of its famed pointillist portraits, as in the before and after ones of Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit.

Vikram Pandit stipple
The Columbia Journalism Review is on the case.

But this isn't the first time the Journal's iconic portraits -- created with a technique called stippling -- have seized the spotlight. From the stipple portrait archives:

Barack Obama stipple
How hard is it to stipple Obama? (New York)

Noli Novak
Meet the chief stipple portrait artist -- she's also got a band! (NPR)

Stipple Man
See an animated stipple portrait hawk the Journal and wiggle his ears. Spot by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. (YouTube)

Ann Coulter stipple
No Journal parody is complete without a stipple portrait of a topless Ann Coulter. Link not safe for work or your soul. (HuffPo)

Bush stipple
Stipple sadness previously afflicted President Bush. (Mother Jones)
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