Watch The Comedian Ayo Edebiri Tries to Keep Up with a New Yorker Cartoonist | The New Yorker Cartoon Challenge

[light music]

We’re popping off. We’re making this all Fraggle Rock.

We’re making it craggly, put little rocks on the skin.

Oh! Okay.

[bouncy music]

Good day. My identify is Zoe Si.

I am a New Yorker cartoonist.

My work been featured within the New Yorker since 2020.

And with me in the present day is Ayo Edebiri, comic and author.

She voices Missy on Massive Mouth.

He is been a extremely impolite dude with a nasty perspective.

[Zoe] And as a employees author and actor on Dickinson.

I am gonna be educating Ayo how to attract a New Yorker cartoon

utilizing verbal directions solely.

So she will not be capable to see what I am doing.

I am unable to see what she’s doing, however we’ll strive our greatest.

And on the finish we are going to reveal our creations to one another.

Creations is an effective… is nice… is an effective phrase.

You should have a drawing. I’ll form of have a factor.

[Zoe] There are 4 primary steps to creating a cartoon.

First, we will sketch it out.

Second, we will go over that sketch with ink.

Then we’ll use what’s referred to as an ink wash

to paint it in and provides it some shading and depth.

Lastly, on the finish, we’ll every provide you with a caption.

Okay. So the cartoon is 2 folks of their condominium.

One particular person has dug a gap within the ground

and he’s standing within the gap and his head’s poking out.

And the opposite particular person is

kneeling on the ground beside the outlet,

form of like taking a look at him in a involved method.

There will be like a sofa within the background

simply to indicate that they are in a home.

Straightforward peasy.

How comfy are you with drawing?

After I shut my eyes and picture issues,

it is like, it is black.

So that you gotta stroll me via some issues. See, you already know.

[page flipping]

Let’s begin with the outlet within the floor.

Love that.

It is simply going to be like a extremely lengthy slender ellipse.

Okay. And let’s put it in just like the…

the underside left form of quadrant.

You are not gonna consider my instincts.

Growth. Trigger it was backside left okay?

Okay superb. There you go.

We’re on the identical web page.

Okay. Lengthy ellipse.

Now we will draw like slightly semicircle

poking out of the outlet and that is his head.

Okay. I acquired you.

So form of what’s occurring for me is like

if there was like a potato out the bottom possibly?

Not all of the potato is out, however among the potato is out.

[Zoe] Yeah, sure.

So he is wanting up

and so the attention will simply be a dot

and it is like form of within the higher left nook

of that oval is the eyeball. Higher left?

Wait ought to I’ve drawn this in the suitable aspect?

Oh, did… did I say left?



Okay. We’ll preserve it on the left. Okay. Sorry.

So, okay. Let me, let me…

I’ll throw up. Okay, okay.

[joyful music]

This man is scorching. I am not gonna entrance.

This man is wanting good.

[joyful music continues]

Ought to I’ve draw the remainder of his head or physique?

[Zoe] His physique is within the gap.

So like we solely see his head poking out

One thing went incorrect.

Let me simply, um, don’t be concerned.

I’ma get this collectively.

Okay. Right here we go and I am so nervous about this.

That my hand is shaking.


Now we will transfer on to the particular person

who was like kneeling subsequent to him.

Sketch like a circle for the top.

So she has two eyes, that are two dots.

There is a man to my left on the ground.

Then there’s two eyes. However my head is like rotated.

Is that why it is within the backside?

[Zoe] Okay. Okay. You realize what?

Um, simply draw the primary dot

in like the underside left nook of that circle.

Nook, you already know what I imply?

After which draw the second dot similar to proper subsequent to that.

Similar to subsequent, similar to on a straight line,

like subsequent to it.


So she’s kneeling.

[Ayo] Sure. Ranging from like,

the underside proper hand nook.

And similar to draw like a curve line


So on the backside of that curved line

you draw a straight line going from the suitable to the left.

[Ayo] Uh-huh.

That may simply be just like the hem of her shirt.

One thing occurred. One thing occurred together with her again.

Don’t be concerned. Don’t be concerned.

Simply know one thing occurred together with her again.

Now we now have to drop her legs.

So you’ll draw a form of C form

with like the underside of the C extending behind her butt.

Oh certain. Okay. Okay.

Her again was not doing that in any respect.

I’ma come again. I’ma come again with you.

I’ma come again.

Okay, oh boy.

Okay then…

Okay. Okay.

Then we get that curved…


[Zoe] Are you seeing like,

you are seeing like a leg.

Yeah however her physique’s all…

[playful music]


Ooh! Wait a minute.


And now we simply must have the arms okay?

Arms are very easy.

They’re similar to little noodles and she or he’s similar to,

she’s similar to sitting together with her arms,

like folded in her lap. Okay?

[Ayo laughs]

[playful music continues]

So I like to only give folks aspect bangs and ponytails

trigger that appears to be like–

We simply had the identical thought. Fairly cool.

[Zoe] All proper.

Fairly cool.

I popped off with the bangs.

And the ponytail is simply popping out.

It is similar to slightly…

Already completed the ponytail.

[Zoe] All proper.

Yeah, no you are professional. So, I am gonna be trustworthy

I already completed the ponytail.

Okay. The one factor left so as to add is

a part of a sofa within the background

in order that we all know that they are inside a home and never exterior.

[playful music continues]

And that is like a tough sofa.

[Ayo laughs]

Oh my god, my palms are so sweaty.

[page flipping]

So I feel that it is likely to be a good suggestion

for us to ink the sofa first.

[funny music]

Yeah! Sure.

I like to only put like put little dots

form of in like random teams

of like little dashes. Oh my god!

Y’all are about to rent me.

It is the comic to cartoonist pipeline.

I did not understand I had a present.

I am up in right here like Jim Carey!

Does he do cartoons?

Uh… he does like high-quality artwork.

[laughs] I mentioned, that is so rudely.

Oh, he does like high-quality artwork, no matter.

So um, I am gonna do the… like, like the outlet subsequent.

So that is form of like a great instance of the place

it is is likely to be good to love improvise a bit.

[Ayo] Okay. So for the outlet,

it was like a clean ellipse, proper?

We’re popping off. We’re making this all Fraggle Rock.

We’re making is craggly, put little rocks on the skin.

Oh! Okay.

[funny music continues]

Okay so shovel time.

Are you doing a number of standup anymore

now that that is, this entire factor is occurring?


it has not been as a lot

however issues are beginning to open again up.

I feel I used to be additionally like,

you telling me I might keep at my home for a 12 months.

It is not no.

I am gonna add little boobs.

I do need drawing like little boobs typically.

They’re simply form of like pendulous like

similar to little, like two little Us.

I am not prepared, you already know, however you might be.

I’ve drawn a number of boobs in my life.

You bought in your… your 10,000 hours of boob drawing.

Okay. That is my factor about this lady.

You realize, she’s slightly bit flat within the chest.

I simply wish to say like

for all my fellow sag sisters on the market, you already know,

I apologize for not representing us.

[funny music continues]

Randomly I shouldn’t have given her stripes.

That is fascinating, that is fascinating.

I really cannot draw any line that appears the identical in any respect.


Okay. So I am simply,

I am simply erasing a few of these sofa strains now

and in addition on the man.

[funny music ends]

[page flipping]

Nice. So now the, the,

the following factor that we do is the wash

and that’s simply including shading to the cartoon.

And we try this with diluted ink or…

so similar ink and the paint brush.

For the sofa let’s simply paint it just like the,

or wash it, the lighter shade.

So then similar to go forward and similar to fill all the things in.

[upbeat guitar music]

Although I am dangerous at this, I’ll say, very calming.

Type of wish to make him like tan.

[upbeat guitar music continues]

Oh, my darkish ink had bled into his face.


Okay. It is high-quality.

It is okay. We’re each form of like struggling proper now

which I feel is a pleasant present of solidarity.

[upbeat guitar music continues]

Oh my god.

Okay. You kinda acquired this black man. Blonde hair.

Nicely, blended king.

Yeah. We have, we have got range on this cartoon.

Hell yeah. I got here right here to do the work.

I’ve additionally used the little shade to provide her little cheeks

similar to little cheek rosies.

Okay. She’s positively acquired rosacea

the way in which that I’ve accomplished it.

She’s acquired rosacea.

So we’re additionally bringing visibility to rosacea, which is a–

I am doing a number of activism with this drawing.

She’s not simply unhappy in regards to the gap, she’s acquired quite a bit happening.

She similar to, you dug this gap in my home.

You realize I acquired my scoliosis and my rosacea.

I acquired lumps for ft.

My thumbs are fused collectively.

And now I am unable to even afford healthcare

as a result of we will must pay

to get these gap crammed in.

Go away him! Go away him.

It is like, you already know, Picasso.

It is like, oh you thought it was squares?

Guess what? It is commentary on struggle.

And it is like, oh you thought this was a cartoon

a few gap within the floor.

Seems it is about bringing gentle to rosacea rights.

If we’re accomplished the illustration,

it is enjoyable to place your initials on it

as a result of you’re the artist.

[upbeat guitar music continues]


[page flipping]

We’ll every provide you with a caption independently

after which reveal them to one another.

Nicely this isn’t good for me

as a result of I am imagined to be humorous and… okay.

[whimsical music]

All the things I am pondering of isn’t humorous.

[Ayo laughs]

[whimsical music continues]

Completely brutal. Merely not humorous.

[page flipping]

Okay. We’ll present one another our cartoons now.

It is the second of reality.

Okay. So on the depend of three.




Whoa. you are good. Yay!

That appears so good!

No yours is…

That appears actually actually good!

I really like that!

[Ayo] It is uh, hear,

we weren’t getting our safety deposit again anyway.

[Zoe] Adore it. Nice.

He actually ate it.

[Zoe] Was there an alt caption as properly?

[Ayo] The alt was you instructed me to have much less boundaries.

[Zoe] Yeah. That is…

You realize, form of demented man who

bodily builds a gap as a substitute of…

okay so, all proper so.

Mine is,

I am sorry, however I’ve run out of locations to go

to cover my farts.

[Ayo] Completely. I actually like yours.

See, that is what I wished the grime to appear to be in my head.

[Zoe] That is legit. Like, actually,

for the entire struggles

that you just have been vocalizing yours seems to be tremendous good.

Oh my God. His cool hair.

[Ayo] Thanks.

Okay, you see what I imply about her again although?

[Zoe] That is a again.

That is like an entire physique that she has.

[Ayo] Okay. And now I perceive what you imply

by the folded on prime of one another.

[Zoe] Sure yeah. I imply like, actually

it’s totally troublesome to love clarify to strive like,

oh that is like, what a leg does when it folds,

like I imply, you already know, like a C form.

[Ayo] That is what I imply. I am unable to…

I am unable to see issues in my head.

The boobs look improbable although.

The boobs are unbelievable.

[Zoe] Yeah. Thanks, yeah. They’re very, they’re…

they’re very, you already know, symmetrical.

Thanks a lot in your steerage.

Sure. I really feel like I’ve like, born… like a baby.

You’ve got. It is me as an artist.

Um cool. So I am, I am employed or…?

[funny music]

[happy music]