RICH REVIEWS: Zen Pencils – Creative Struggle
Title: Zen Pencils – Creative Struggle (PB)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Written & Illustrated by: Gavin Aung Than
Price: $ 12.99 US, $ 17.99 Can
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: “Vincent van Gogh – The Blank Canvas” The art is done in a cute cartoonist style. Vincent here is shown overcoming his fears. Poor Vincent he suffered for his art but not until after he died was he appreciated for it.
“Albert Einstein – Life is a Mystery” Albert has thoughts of a huge magnitude. Albert had some big thoughts about relativity. The art shows him off it cute drawings.
“Leo Da Vinci – Step Away from the Canvas” Look at your work from a new perspective. It took him sixteen years to complete the Mona Lisa.
“Mary Shelley – Teenage Dream” An eighteen-year-old girl and an amateur writer is shown creating one of the most famous sci-fi horror stories of all time. The illustrations accompanying this story are gorgeously done. Mary looks so perfect as the writer.
“Marie Curie – Our Happy Place” Marie and her husband had lots of problems with their work but they kept on at it.
“Creative Pep Talk # 1 – Jiddu Krishnamurti” Sometimes it is just better to follow your own path and ignore what others tell you.
“Ludwig Van Beethoven – Art Has No Limits” For the true artist it is impossible to reach those limits but they keep trying. Beethoven kept trying and accomplished so much.
“Stephen King – The Desk” Beautiful art illustrating Stephen King perfectly. He gives some advice that is spot on. Art supports life, not the other way around.
“Akira Kurosawa – The Note-taker” This director takes notes of the books he reads and uses them to create original movies.
“Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – In the Mood for Work,” He wrote the Nutcracker but was not pleased about it.
“Creative Pep Talk # 2 – Brene Brown” Her message is made plain and clear. If you have it use it. Cute art of her wrestling in the ring.
“Nikola Tesla – Visions of the Future” He is illustrated as a scientist, just how you would expect one to look. He was a genius.
“John Coltrane – The Power of Music” He wanted his music to enrich people’s lives.
“Heroine of Pain” Freia Kahlo suffered o much during her lifetime. So much physical pain and heartbreak. Yet she still found joy in life through her art. The art really does bring out her character.
“Hemingway – A Lonely Life” Hemingway was a man who lived his life to the fullest. he was also a great writer. This story has a beautiful drawing of a marlin.
“Creative Pep Talk # 3 – The Cartoonist” Gavin Aung Than shares his style for being a creative cartoonist.
This is an inspiring work of art. Reading this can and should motivate you to create.