Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine, she’s been a cartoonist since 1982.
A few years ago, Liza discovered that she could quickly draw on her iPad and post her cartoons instantaneously on social media. It seemed as if people on social media were hungry for new visuals, and these quick sketches–often with snarky commentary in the drawing or tweet–struck a nerve. She has tweets drawn the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys, the BET Awards, the Tonys, the Olympics, the Mad Men premiere and finale, literary events, and more.
Liza is an absolute amazement! She is the author of seventeen books (seventeen!), has given TED Talks, speeches and has written essays that’ll totally blow your kneecaps off.
We’ve been inspired and enthralled by her work for a few years now and decided to approach her to ask what spurs her on and how she gets her inspiration. And she replied!
On when she started drawing.
“I have been drawing cartoons since I was 7 years old. I just observe life and love people and love to draw.”
Communication is at the core of what she does, her live drawing is hinged on this.
“I’m inspired by life, communication and by wanting to help people through laughter. I also hope to inspire thought and change through humour.”
The best part is what inspires her!
“I am inspired by the capacity for my work to help women’s rights globally. I cultivate my humour and creativity by being curious all the time.”
One piece of advice for women starting out as cartoonists.
“Young women: find a passion and keep drawing! Draw what you feel. This is important, very important.”
All images via LizaDonnelly.com.