Several weeks back a lovely cartoon inspired by Bill Waterson’s ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was making the rounds on the interwebs. I recently discovered that it was from a website called Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational People.
Launched in early 2012, it is the brainchild of Australian cartoonist and graphic designer Gavin Aung Than and it’s inception is a story old as time. Says Than,
“I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for 8 years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn’t looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives where a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils.”
Because of its size, I’ve placed one of Than’s cartoons – a loving interpretation of a quote from the late, great film critic Roger Ebert – below the jump.