Stomach

A Tale of two stomachs, drawing by author
A Tale of two stomachs, drawing by author

A Tale of Two Stomachs

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How To Spin a Good Yarn

Sometimes it takes a little imagination to spin a good yarn
Sometimes it takes a little imagination to spin a good yarn

“Spin a Yarn”

I have taken this week’s Illustration Friday topic and expanded it from the original “yarn” to the more colloquial “spin a yarn”. This term is kind of aphorism for storytelling in general, so what follows is a short discussion on storytelling.

Step 1

A strawberry moon is a rare astronomical event that occurs when a full moon falls on the solstice
Spinning a good yarn begins with observing an actual real life event. This yarn  begins with the observation of a strawberry moon, a rare astronomical event that occurs, when the full moon falls on the solstice. In reality, such an event just occurred a few days ago.

Step 2

Spinning a good yarn begins with stretching the truth a bit.
Spinning a good yarn is enhanced when the truth is stretched a little bit. Maybe the man in the picture heard the owl or possibly just saw the bird fly by.

Step 3

Next you need to fib a little bit
Next you need to fib a little bit more. A flying canoe is definitely in the land of make believe.

Step 4

Finally there comes the big lie
Finally there comes the big lie. In this case it is the lake monster.

Do you have a ski-jump nose?

Sometimes a very pronounced nose is jokingly referred to as a "ski-jump nose"
Sometimes a very pronounced nose is jokingly referred to as a “ski-jump nose”

A Very, Pronounced Nose

If you are one of those people, who just happen to have an oversized and/or distinctively shaped nose, you might consider yourself lucky. (or you could get a nose job) First of all you are not alone and secondly having a big nose might be considered a sign of distinction. In fact, throughout history there have been many important personalities that went through life with a slightly larger than normal protuberance located directly above the oral passage. Fear not you are not alone. Following are some caricatures of famous people with big noses.

Bob Hope

The name of Bob Hope is synonymous with having a large nose
The name of Bob Hope is synonymous with having a large nose

For Bob Hope, his overly large nose was a source of one liners and self depreciating jokes. Throughout his popular career, Mr. Hope constantly made light of the fact that he had an unusual facial feature.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon was often satirized because of his very large nose.
Richard Nixon was often satirized because of his very large nose.

 

Prince

Prince on the Mountaintop, artwork and photo by artist
Prince on the Mountaintop, artwork by author

Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson died last week and it wasn’t til his death that I realized that Prince was his real name, not a stage name. Though he looked many years younger, Prince Nelson was actually 57 years years old, approximately the same age as my youngest brother, who happens to be a big Prince fan. It’s always sad to see someone younger pass away, especially someone who probably had a lot of creative music left inside him. Nonetheless, his musical output was prodigious and plentiful and as a result there will be lots of Prince recordings and videos to enjoy for years to come.

About The Drawing

Done primarily with art markers, this quick sketch depicts PNR standing on a mountaintop holding a traveler’s umbrella to shelter himself from the “purple rain”. It is meant as a tribute to a talented artist, who was able to ascertain a certain amount of greatness which his fortuitous skill and talent. Not many are able to do this, thus Prince is pictured alone.

(Synchronous) Orbit

The Man in the Moon as he orbits the earth
The Man in the Moon as he orbits the earth.

Synchronous Orbit

The moon displays Synchronous rotation, meaning it undergoes one rotation for each orbit around the earth. The result is that from planet earth, we always see the same side of the moon. This scientific explanation may explain how over time viewers from this planet have attributed human facial characteristics to the “face” of the moon.

Happy Trails

A roadside view of my vacation
A roadside view of my vacation

Summertime

I am going on a summer vacation of sorts……at least until around Labor Day.

I wrote be writing very much, but will occasionally post an image or three in coordination with Illustration Friday or concerning my travels around Montana.

Unti then……..Happy Trails