July 30, 2016

Live-drawing the DNC.

"Much of what I saw, I drew. But much of what I felt, I could not actually draw. My hope is that the drawings here express the giddy gravitas of the moment."

At The New Yorker, by Liza Donnelly.

She's done some other live-drawing, but she did not do the Republican conventions. Based on the other things she's live-blogged and her style, I think the RNC didn't suit her because she has a light-hearted, sweet approach and (I'm assuming) she doesn't have the relevant feelings toward the Republicans.

Back in 2010, she did a TED talk on the power of cartoons, and the page at The New Yorker with that video has a cartoon of hers showing 2 little girls — they look about 8 years old — and one says to the other "I can't decide what I'm going to be when I grow up — a good girl or a slut."

28 comments:

damikesc said...

That's fine and lovely and all...but if a lot of artists expect to have IP laws protect them, but don't want conservatives to ever use their work --- makes one wonder why a conservative should do anything to help the already ridiculously long IP laws we have.

I'd kill for Trump to say we should trim IP protection down to 10 years and that is it.

David Begley said...

Not a good artist at all. Everyone looks to be 30. Hillary is old. Bill is older. Old and sick.

Looking at the captions I realized the DNC was a cartoon.

PB said...

Giddy gravitas? I call BS.

Quaestor said...

Donnelly's drawings have two consistent elements: no sympathy for the human face (thus the labels), and a prominent signature.

Fernandinande said...

OK.

Sydney said...

I see she was heavy on the "historic" aspect of this nomination. I keep reading that in the paper, hearing it on the radio, and in social media, and even from real live people I know. It mystifies me. I don't feel the historic vibe of it at all. I am a woman, and I take it for granted that a qualified woman can be president of this country. I don't count Hillary Clinton among the qualified.

chuck said...

The people all look the same in that New Yorker way. Nor can she draw old people, a serious defect when covering the Democratic convention.

wholelottasplainin' said...

Now HERE's someone who can draw!!!

http://67.media.tumblr.com/e2db6d478169ffdb3e60402be3067d99/tumblr_o6qkjlaW5R1rh5l6ko1_400.jpg

(New Yorker Cover of a rock concert.)

David said...

The Borg is real.

rhhardin said...

She's done some other live-drawing, but she did not do the Republican conventions. Based on the other things she's live-blogged and her style, I think the RNC didn't suit her because she has a light-hearted, sweet approach and (I'm assuming) she doesn't have the relevant feelings toward the Republicans.

Sort of like a wedding photographer and gays.

rhhardin said...

The cartoons are nice, sort of Thurber-like. Taking the train to history has the strain of ordinariness that's the life of the set.

rhhardin said...

Avoid TED talks, on either side of them.

dustbunny said...

Giddy gravitas. Pretty much the problem.

MayBee said...

Sydney- I'm with you. I feel no sense of excitement over the history of it. I grew up believing a woman could be anything she wanted to be. I think you'd have to be about 90 to have grown up otherwise.

jaydub said...

Giddy gravitas, AKA light-headed solemnity, dizzy sobriety, whirling seriousness, and several other incongruent pairs of words. I believe The New Yorker exists for the sole purpose of allowing East Coast elites to flaunt their avant gardiness to other equally self-infatuated Manhattanites. Okay gardiness isn't a word, but "avant gardiness" is the only way to describe the use of "giddy gravitas" by a preposturously pretentious propagator of pointless poop.

rhhardin said...

I feel no sense of excitement over the history of it. I grew up believing a woman could be anything she wanted to be.

"I've fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can't answer whether it's because she was born a man or not, because I'm not a doctor, I can only say that I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life."

MMA fighter Tamikka Brents after losing to transgender fighter Fallon Fox

mikee said...

"(I'm assuming) she doesn't have the relevant feelings toward the Republicans."

The truth is simpler, Althouse. The artist is a Democrat Party operative with a byline, as Instapundit would phrase it.

cubanbob said...

damikesc said...
That's fine and lovely and all...but if a lot of artists expect to have IP laws protect them, but don't want conservatives to ever use their work --- makes one wonder why a conservative should do anything to help the already ridiculously long IP laws we have.

I'd kill for Trump to say we should trim IP protection down to 10 years and that is it.

7/30/16, 9:44 AM"

That is just a start. Imagine if Trump brought back Glenn Reynolds Hollywood Tax and taxed benefits that Silicon Valley techies, Hollywood and Manhattan lawyers get as imputed income. The Left like taxes, they should pay them.

damikesc said...

Indeed. Hell, audit Hollywood studios harshly. And I do love Reynolds Hollywood surtax and the revolving door surtax as well.

Rhythm and Balls said...

"I can't decide what I'm going to be when I grow up — a good girl or a slut."

Well the cartoonist (Donnelly) has an Irish Catholic name, so where's the surprise in that?

dustbunny said...

When I was growing up the good girl or slut dichotomy was Melanie Wilkes or Scarlett O'Hara.

Jupiter said...

"The first ever TEDWomen, it had a lineup of men and women speakers from around the globe who dedicate their work to ideas by and about women."

Apparently this person encounters everything from the perspective of her genitalia. "As a Woman, I believe the Earth is about four billion years old." Truly the Prisoner of Sex. An interesting counterpoint to Mailer, whose approach is equal but opposite. "As a Man, I believe the Earth is about four billion years old. And I can't decide whether I want to punch it or fuck it. Maybe both?"

Unknown said...


rhhardin said...
She's done some other live-drawing, but she did not do the Republican conventions. Based on the other things she's live-blogged and her style, I think the RNC didn't suit her because she has a light-hearted, sweet approach and (I'm assuming) she doesn't have the relevant feelings toward the Republicans.

Sort of like a wedding photographer and gays.
7/30/16, 10:26 AM


Can you be sued - as a counter in the Serve Me Wars, what if you were a wedding photographer or cake maker and you were as it were drafted to serve people you didn't like or didn't agree with, phrase it how you will. But what if you do a bad job?

Not to poison the cake or defile it, but to do a three year old's job on it, or make it the wrong flavor? The photos to be ill-timed, blurry, unflattering? You can't really call someone for that right? Art is Art and cannot be judged. You might have to comp the happy couple, but otoh you will have had the opportunity to ruin their big day.


Jupiter,

Google "donkey punch."

Jupiter said...

Unknown said...

Jupiter, Google "donkey punch."

Rather tame compared to the misogynist fantasies Mailer unfolds in An American Dream. The term "misogyny" is misused nowadays to refer to anything some DFC has found a way to get knicker-twisted about, and it has been at least forty years since I read An American Dream, an experience I don't intend to reproduce. But the parts I remember were at least misogyny. Misogyny doesn't really cover it. If I were a woman, psrticularly a good-looking woman, I don't think I would want to be alone with the author of An American Dream.

Which just goes to show how little I understand about women. Many of them would have crawled over broken glass to be alone with the author of An American Dream. Maybe they hadn't read it?

damikesc said...

Not to poison the cake or defile it, but to do a three year old's job on it, or make it the wrong flavor? The photos to be ill-timed, blurry, unflattering? You can't really call someone for that right? Art is Art and cannot be judged. You might have to comp the happy couple, but otoh you will have had the opportunity to ruin their big day.

In theory, you could refuse payment and do a half-assed job of it. It is artistic and inspiration doesn't always hit.

Unknown said...

Well I suppose you could always be sick that day, or make some other excuse. One could always get out of the disagreeable Shore, one just can't be honest about it. It's a pity, that.

Liza Donnelly said...

I wanted to attend and draw the RNC but could not find any media outlet to help me get the necessary credentials.

Sydney said...

Liza Donnelly - would not The New Yorker?