New Yorker Magazine Freelance Cartoonist Reveals Daily Habits, Lessons Learnt
Liana Finck, a freelance cartoonist for the New Yorkermagazine, has written a post on Medium that reveals more about her daily rituals, challenges, and lessons learnt that might resonate with many artists worldwide.
Whether you’re a freelancer or full-time creative, Finck’s experience touches common ground across both worlds, from struggling with creative block, spending time away from technology where she’s armed with the old school pen plus paper, getting inspiration by immersing herself in public spaces, juggling multiple projects as a freelancer, staying focused on long-term assignments, and differentiating good advice from bad advice, with the latter coming mainly from clients who aren’t editors.
“I’m a wandering cubicle,” describes Finck.
The freelancing lifestyle is antithesis to life in the office cubicle. As such, there are times when you might feel as though you’re going about things wrong—a sentiment that Finck clearly shares.
Rather than staying cooped up at home, the cartoonist heads out to a café first thing in the morning. She enjoys spending her days in public spaces, ideally on a train or in a museum, doodling and brainstorming ideas. This analog process eventually turns digital with the help of Photoshop and a Wacom Cyntiq.
The same analog-digital mixture applies for her graphic novels, though the steps differ. Here, the first draft might be made in Photoshop before Finck prints it out for retracing by hand.
“Tracing is nice because you can make small changes without worrying about recreating the whole thing. I retrace the pages of a graphic novel 50 or 100 times.”
She’s just finished her graphic novel that was six years in the making, and is now moving on to a new edition. Finck admits that, at any one time, creating a graphic novel puts you in either end of an emotional spectrum—you could be focused for 12 hours or doing nothing at all and becoming increasingly anxious.
Find out more by reading Finck’s full post on Medium.