• Inspirations

Illustration books

 

"Strange like me, Frida Kahlo" by Zen Pencils (http://zenpencils.com/comic/frida/)

Gavin Aung Than is a freelance 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 Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.  

Check out the above link for of his full cartoon episode inspired by Frida Kahlo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Viva Frida" by Yuyi Morales (Author)  Tim O'Meara (photographer) - Children's Painting Book - Sept. 2014

 

In the bilingual picture book “Viva Frida,” the author and illustrator Yuyi Morales  presents a simplified version of the Frida mythology for younger children. Each page depicts a young Kahlo taking another step as she comes to realize that she is an artist and must create. The illustrations consist largely of Morales’s delicate stop-motion dolls of Frida, photographed against colorful acrylic backdrops by Tim O’Meara. 

Frida wears flowers in her hair, beads and traditional Mexican embroidered dresses. On one page she dangles a marionette of a Day of the Dead painted skeleton next to the words “I play/Juego.” Another says “I dream/Sueño” as the top of the doll’s head, eyes closed, appears underneath painted dream figures of Frida soaring through the sky, with Morales’s homespun puppets of a monkey and a dog next to her.

There is plenty for young children to look at, though Morales’s Frida dolls do not capture much of a likeness beyond the artist’s famous unibrow, and they convey an un-Frida-like carefree quality. They seem meant to be a hybrid or fusion of Frida Kahlo and Yuyi Morales herself. “As a child, whilelearning to draw, I would often study my own reflection in the mirror and think about Frida,” Morales writes in an afterword.

(taken from the New York Times, check out the full article here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Frida Kahlo, a Surreal Biography" by Marco Corona

published in 1998 by STAMPA ALTERNATIVA, collana ERETICA, ISBN-88-7226-447-2 (stampa.alternativa@agora.stm.it)

Marco Corona is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist (m.corona@libero.it)

In this comics biography (available in Italian and French for the time being) he illustrates the most important events of Frida's life:

 Frida comics   Marco Corona Macro Corona Frida

Chapter 1: Birth, Love and Revolution

Chapter 2: Painting Pain

Chapter 3: My husband

Chapter 4: Skulls

Chapter 5: A few stabs

Chapter 6: Am I... Surreal?

Chapter 7: The Two Fridas

Chapter 8: Self-portrait with cropped air

Chapter 9: The 40'S

Chapter 10: Good Night 

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