- Ann Telnaes
- Editorial Cartoonist
Ann Telnaes has been creating animated editorial cartoons for The Post since 2008. Her process is in many ways the same as previous generations of cartoonists. She immerses herself in the news, takes notes on possible subjects, draws preparatory sketches and fleshes out concepts with a brush and ink on paper. But rather than draw a single image, she produces a whole series of “poses,” which she then scans and uploads into Photoshop and sequences and synchronizes in Adobe Flash. (Watch a video of Telnaes at work.) Telnaes began to explore animated editorial cartoons after 16 years as a cartoonist for print publications. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Her work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, in Paris and in Jerusalem and collected in two books, “Humor’s Edge” and “Dick.” Telnaes specialized in character animation at the California Institute of the Arts, and she worked as a designer at Walt Disney Imagineering — before the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings inspired her to go into editorial cartooning. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Telnaes now divides her time between Washington and rural Virginia.