Zen Pencils, Gavin Aung Thang and inspiration

Gavin Aung Thang of Zen Pencils doesn’t know it, but he’s one of my heroes. In 2011 Gavin sold his house, quit his job and launched himself headlong into an online cartooning career. That takes nerves of steel.

It helps that Gavin is clearly extremely talented and brings an amazingly sense of life and movement to the famous quotes and sayings that he turns into cartoons. More than once I’ve been feeling low or unmotivated and something I’ve found on Zen Pencils has been the inspiration that I’ve needed to forge ahead.

There’s not a lot else to say except I think you should go and check Zen Pencils out and see if anything there resonates with you.

My favourite quote is Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” speech although I will always have a soft spot for Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man In The Arena” speech.

Actually there is one last thing to say:

It’s easy to be cynical when it comes to inspiration, to write it off as pap, however what I think is that inspiration is where you find it. If you want something to inspire you, to drive you on, then you’ll find it no matter where you look.

But you do have to look.

Zen Pencils is a good place to start.

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