The Line Between (TLB) is a very visual newsletter about the day to day of making things—right now, mostly hand-painted animation. A peek into what goes on behind the scenes, both in the studio and in my head. Every 2 weeks. A Substack Featured Publication.

In TLB, I focus on the how versus the what: how I draw an animation sequence, how I deal with lethargy, how I find beauty. Right now I mostly make animation, but I work in everything from paper to augmented reality. I also read a ton and love to write! So while this is a “very visual newsletter,” it’s definitely still a newsletter. I care about the words a lot; I’d love for each issue to read like a story.

I’m also a firm believer of taking in good things to make good things. So, I reflect on inputs as well as outputs: films, books, recipes, NYC gems. Now in a dedicated section in TLB called Ruminations.

The TLB experience is a living, evolving thing, and I occasionally update this as well as the Welcome (basically an extension to this page) to reflect my latest thinking around TLB’s focus and envisioned value.

About the author

I’m Coleen Baik, an artist and designer based in NYC.

I’m an obsessive documenter and the author of the How to Get Started with Hand-Drawn Animation series. I’ve been published in Offscreen Magazine, my micro-short animation Tuscany has been featured on Motionographer, and my animated short film Chamoe has screened at BAM. I was a part of the early design team at Twitter, an advisor at Medium, and a principal designer at Sequoia Capital’s Design Lab. I read a lot of novels; everything from Neil Gaiman to William Faulkner. I’m a little neurotic! I appreciate beauty in the interstice.

Why subscribe?

I didn’t start out with “fun” as the main value of TLB, but it is now. I want you to read TLB primarily because the writing is good, with satisfying turns of phrase and interesting topics. All with beautiful accompanying visuals.

I don’t consider myself a “master” of anything, but I am a professional writer and artist with a growing creative practice. There’s a lot here—perspective, routine, tools, methods—to support your own creative goals. As with “fun,” this is a value that’s being prioritized as of late summer 2022, particularly for paying subscribers.

I’d like reading TLB to make you say, “wow, I feel that.” In order to make more room for vulnerability as well as creative inspiration, I’ve carved out dedicated space in TLB called Ruminations. (Every subscriber will automatically receive ruminations unless they opt-out in subscription settings.)

More about why you might want to pay to support my work, but here’s a quick breakdown of free versus paid tiers:

Free subscribers have access to

  • A newsletter every two weeks

  • Access to the archive

Paying subscribers (members) have access to

  • Free subscriber benefits

  • Exclusive previews of work in progress

  • Access to all comments

  • Access to my knowledge base

  • All ruminations and other bonus content

  • Occasional goodies

  • My deepest gratitude

Thanks so much for reading.

See you soon ❤️


Coleen Baik
Art, design, words.