Here’s a great video from the New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly that shows how cartoons can make serious points and provide hearty laughs at the same time.
In an illustrated lecture for Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), a non-profit organisation dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading”, which it makes available through talks posted on its website, Donnelly talks about how she found her identity as a woman using the medium of cartoons, while growing up in turbulent times.
“I can’t decide what I’m going to be when I grow up — a good girl or a slut.”
“I have lived the privileged life of an American, but nonetheless have felt great difficulty in figuring out who I am and why I am here. It may sound funny, but cartooning has been my saviour. And I believe that the art form is unique in its ability to open people’s eyes – and not just those of us who practise it.”
Donnelly certainly seems to have succeeded making people laugh as well as opening their eyes, check out the video for the response to her Sarah Palin cartoon, in particular.
Changes in technology shape the ways in which visual communication is made and here is an example of work created using an iPad and a ‘stick’ or, non-pressure sensitive stylus. The variation in line width, important to most high-quality visual creators, is achieved by varying settings inside the drawing application on the machine. Greatly improved user interfaces mean this is no longer the trial it once was. And of course, you can draw with your fingers too – if that’s what you’d prefer. Video spotted by The Surreal McCoy.
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