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Hug the Elephant by StephenMcCranie Hug the Elephant by StephenMcCranie
Does beauty exist? What do you think?

This essay is part of a book Iím writing on sustainable creativity. To read 100 more pages of comics like this, head over to the website!

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Estherella Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2014
I like this. For so long, I've been trying to figure out what the best way to communicate my feelings would be, and I thought, "Why can't I do this with art?" This comic explains how. If I were to even try to express these deep feelings through my drawings, they wouldn't make sense unless they were carried out in a way someone could understand - or at least in a way that they could interpret on their own. Maybe they won't feel the exact same things I felt while making it, but if it touches their heart somehow, or if they understand it even a little bit... That's an accomplishment, I think.

(Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and comics, by the way! It's very inspiration and motivational.)
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional
I agree-- even a thread of connection is meaningful-- it means there's something that we share as people.
KittySplasher Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like elephants..
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
Me too.
Pokepower888 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Grapple him with a bear hug"

I love it ^^

I also love how you can put so much depth, comedy, and explanations in one strip! Amazing! I also especially love the three blind men and the elephant, with their perspectives of how it looked and what it was.
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional
Thank you!
Jonmkl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
ALL OF THIS! I have friends that I have tried to explain this to and some have even gotten upset with me, as if I was trying to take away their freedom or their personality. We may not have the full picture of what beauty truly is but it certainly has bounds, it has edges, forms, and all great artists wether it's musicians, painters, or poets touch some part of it. That's what makes art resonate, that's what makes it true. To me art is communication, and you can't communicate without a language.

Because if it's not communication isn't it just.. pointless self gratification?
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional
Yeah-- I've had the sometimes cynical view that if art doesn't change someone-- it's as if it never existed! Art should reach out and touch people. Art should communicate.
Luchianguyen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this, the part where the three blind men where talking about what they think an elephant is. That's such an accurate analogy. Personally, I believe that beauty is simply everywhere. IT's kind of like how Jack Frost in the Rise of the Guardian is everywhere, but only the ones who believe in him can see him. Beauty is everywhere, but only the ones who can appreciate it will see it.

On an unrelated note, I'd love to get a physical copy of your book, but the shipping cost for the $20 pledge is a bit rough on my piggy bank, so I was wondering if it would cost the same if not more if I bought it after the kick starter project ends?
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional
Yeah-- wait until after-- that 20 dollar fee is just a fixed rate, and if you're in Canada/Mexico or somewhere closer to the US it'll definitely be cheaper.

Or you can get the digital book, that's an option too!
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