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The Art of Gavin Aung Than

Gavin Aung Than is now a cartoonist in Melbourne, Australia. Who after working for eight years in the corporate graphic design industry decided his job was unfulfilling and finally quit in 2011 to focus on drawing cartoons. At that same time Gavin launched Zen Pencils, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories.

Gavin Aung Than’s Zen Pencils has been featured by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Mashable, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Gawker, The A.V. Club, Brain Pickings, Comic Book Resources, National Geographic, ProBlogger and The Design Files.

I like Gavin’s idea of taking quotes which many people are already familair with, and reivisioning them in cartoon form. Gavin’s story inspires me due to the fact that I went through a similair experience in creating ArtBalanced. After college my job search became frustrating, when everywhere I interviewed they always said I did not have enough experience. I one day decided to quit the job search and create my own business.


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Digital Age: Part 4

How does using these services affect the industry in question?

The fourth and final question that this discussion brings to my mind is; How does using these services affect the industry in question? Be it film, literature, or art, regardless of the industry you choose you must support it financially in order to enjoy its’ products. If you do not obtain said media in a legal manner, you do not have to pay for it. Some may ask “What is wrong with that?”, well first of all it is stealing, and secondly if you do not pay you are not supporting the industry, if you are not supporting the industry the artists do not get paid. If the artists do not get paid they can not make more of their particular media. After that occurs you in turn will be unable to continue enjoying the media you like, whatever it may be.

The answer to the question is the industry, whichever is important to you, is effected negatively by using any online services which I have been talking about throughout this series.


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