This week, you’ll once again be looking for something that interests you, but I’m going to give you a particular place to look. Go visit zenpencils.com and spend some time reading. I think you’re really going to like this website. Here’s a brief description from the zenpencils “about” page:
Gavin Aung Than is a cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencilsat the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.
Using the drop-down menu at the top of the zenpencils homepage, you can navigate over 180 of Than’s comics. Read until you find one that really speaks to you. On your blog, write about the comic you decided on. Why did you choose it? How does it speak to you? What is important about the text? What is important about the images? Write about the things that are important to you. Include a link to the individual comic in your post.
Artistry and beauty reside with creativity. I remember the first time I ever saw Frida Kahlo. Her self-portrait sat in my Spanish textbook next to a brief explanation about her background. Often times, as I flipped through that textbook, I would pause on the page with her self-portrait. Her strange look stared intensely back at me. I never stared at the portrait because I thought her to be extremely attractive, but rather I found her to be intriguing with almost a mesmerizing quality.
I chose the comic on ZenPencils because I still find Frida Kahlo to be an interesting character. Also, I enjoyed the message behind the story of this comic and what Frida Kahlo is able to represent. The two key components of the message were that people learn to accept themselves when they have other people that they can relate to, and the things that make you feel different or separated from others are what make you unique. Lastly, I think a personal lesson that I recognized from this comic was that you can find beauty in the unconventional things that other people consider ugly.
This comic produces such a touching message depicted through the story of a young girl who does not feel as if she fits in because of her uni-brow. The comic is able to showcase through the art how alone and isolated the girl feels as a result. On the other hand, the text follows through a narrative that could either be that of the young girl’s or through an alternate perspective, the words of Frida Kahlo. The possibility of the young girl sharing the same thoughts as an extremely influential artist makes the words all the more meaningful. Oddly, my final thoughts of Frida Kahlo’s piece was the lasting impression of how strangely beautiful Frida Kahlo was despite not fitting into what society deems to be beautiful. She exudes beauty in her own unique way through her artistry and creations.