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  1. In some cases a minimalistic or “primitive” drawing style is a conscious artistic decision, but this video reveals that in this case, it is simply the unfortunate result of using the wrong drawing tools. I have no idea what kind of a stylus or tablet this artist is using to scribble her creations, but they are obviously severely hampering her ability to render an effective drawing. It would be interesting to see what she would be able to accomplish with a real pen and ink on paper.

  2. It’s pretty much the same kind of dreck that the New Yorker has featured since long before the iPad.

  3. I think it’s more that she’s doodling while talking.
    Drawing always looks so easy; but non matter what, I can’t do it properly.
    As to explaining the cartoons, it sounds like ‘either you get them, or you don’t’.

  4. I was interested in the part where the editor asks the artist whether she captures emotions and attitudes by making faces that convey that then looking in a mirror. I didn’t catch if the artist responded about looking in the mirror, but she did a nice number on conveying attitude in her facial and body expressions. And then when we see those alongside her drawings, it seems like a nicely clever transcription! (Right down to the the dog, even.)

  5. I’m amazed. This is not what I would have expected from two people connected with New Yorker cartoons. This is more like two elementary school art teachers comparing class notes. Give me Charles Addams having a Manhattan with Peter Arno.

  6. I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist, but can’t help suspecting there was some kind of bad blood involved in Bob Mankoff’s departure as Cartoon Editor. Despite the very polite tone in public.

  7. @ Mitch4 – I had not heard about his departure at all. I agree that there must have been more behind it than was reported openly, but I suspect that it may have been a financial issue (rather than personal): he controls a major cartoon database used for marketing images.
    P.S. If the picture that appeared in the NY Times is any indication of his personality, I don’t think I would want to be anywhere near him.

  8. He was also 72 years old when he gave up that job. I think it’s quite reasonable to leave *any* job at 72 without ulterior reasons.

  9. Perhaps digital doodling is the hip way to draw cartoons these days but the video style didn’t resonate with me. I found the visuals rather awkward and distracting.

  10. Mankoff in his time also did promotional videos around the NYer process. This one includes a brief segment with that same cartoonist Liana Finck.

  11. Yes, it is interesting to see the same cartoonist interacting with the different editors. The creepy old Twisting uncle figure gets her to improve a caption. The fawning cousine figure is in awe and reluctant to tell her what to do.

  12. That view!
    I also like the way he throws the cartoons back in the tray, like junk mail, at the end.

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