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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 11/ 5/2010

BEHIND THE ART: Watch two top Washington cartoonists at work

By Michael Cavna

When Comic Riffs speaks to groups -- be they excitable second-graders, jaundiced journalists or pancake-baiting Rotarians -- nothing gets a reaction quite like the sheer and simple act of drawing. It peels back the curtain a bit on process, but it's more than that. As one cartooning colleague says: "It's as if you've got a magic trick in your back pocket."

And when a gifted artist is waving that ink-dipped wand, this pure trick can be spellbinding.

So it is that we enjoy the opportunity to watch the hand-eye action of two especially talented political cartoonists who draw for Washington newspapers: Ann Telnaes, who contributes her animations to The Post; and Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner.

The Pulitzer-winning Telnaes shares her sketch-to-animation process for the Opinions section in this new video. In it, she is shown creating this finished animation, a commentary on the media's reaction to Jon Stewart's words from his Mall rally.


And timed to the midterms, D.C.'s Fox news station interviewed Beeler, another cartoonist who possesses quite the elegant line (and whose original artwork drew the highest bid -- $2,200 -- at Washington's recent "Cartoons & Cocktails" auction). Whether brandishing a brush or an illustration pen, Beeler is able to convey his deft precision for the cameras:

By Michael Cavna  | November 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Political Cartoon, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Ann Telnaes, Nate Beeler  
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