15 Days of Fame: The cartoonists’ method

15 Days of Fame: The cartoonists’ method

Yaamini Venkataraman

Seniors Jenna Tarasova and Amanda Hsu describe how they bring artistic visions to life



Seniors Jenna Tarasova and Amanda Hsu describe how they bring artistic visions to life. Video by Neha Simon and Yaamini Venkataraman.

When you have family trees of your characters, you know you’re a cartoonist.

Seniors Jenna Tarasova and Amanda Hsu have been cartooning together since the summer before their freshman year—and they know their characters’ worlds inside and out. But after three years, the two do not have a specific method for bringing their artistic visions to life.

“First, you have to get inspired,” senior Amanda Hsu said. “But after that, I just do what I feel until I get what I want.”

Although their method may not be clear-cut, there are some basic steps they follow. After the idea has been conceived, they talk together and begin to storyboard. Because each girl has her own strength, they split up the work—Hsu does the inking and Tarasova does the coloring. But whatever happens in between, they always manage to bring their thoughts to life.

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