Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Aesop's Fables 1-20-16 - Misers and Weather Fronts

Still a little frustrated with my scanner distorting colors, but then again, this is a sketch blog, not a tech blog.  I made myself a little happier by switching pens from Micron to Graphic and coloring in ink rather than pencil.  Pencil colors seems far too subdued in my past attempts.

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, THOUGH!  On with today's installment of MORE Aesop's Fables character doodles.

I've been reading up more on the Aesop and whether he was an actual person or not and what kind of person he was if he was.  Also how scholars have deduced that a certain number of the stories credited to him actually pre-date the old boy by a few hundred years and a few more still that date from 1,000 years or so after he tripped off this mortal coil.  In trifling with that concept, I decided to not draw all of the human character in Greek or Roman togas, and at least in the first below even draw them in late 2nd millennium attire, just to give me some variety.

Enough yammering for today...Hyar tis!

"The Miser"

One day a rich old miser took all of his assets, liquidated them and poured them all into a single treasure, a huge gold nugget.  A large STONE of gold rather.  He took to the woods and beside an old brick wall, he dug a hole and buried his wealth for safe keeping.  Every day he would ride out into the woods and dig the gold stone up and admire it's beauty and more so his wealth for having owned such a thing.  A worker in the village noticed the Miser's regularity that he would ride off into the woods and decided to investigate.  He followed the Miser and saw him dig the gold up, sit and admire it, then bury it again and ride back to town.  The worker then simply dug it back up for himself and rode off to enjoy his new found wealth.  The next day when the Miser came to visit his treasure, he found nothing but an empty hole in it's place and began to moan and wail his unhappiness to the heavens.  A neighbor came by and asking what was wrong and them learning of the Miser's sad tale of woe said, "Why don't you just go get an ordinary rock and place it inn the hole and come admire that day by day?  It will serve you as well as the gold ever did, you didn't make the slightest use of it's value.


"The True Value of Money is Not in It's Possession, But in It's Use"

And my second doodle study today is another fable with a human in it, but this time with personified forces of nature as well.

"The North Wind and the Sun"

One day the North Wind and the Sun were arguing over which was the most powerful.  They decided that it would be the one to first strip a passerby of his clothes.  Soon a man came wandering along and the North Wind huffed and puffed and blew a gale at the man, but the colder and more fierce the wind, the more the man would clutch his clothes and wrap them around himself.  Then the Sun began to shine down on the man.  Stronger and hotter came the radiation from Old Sol that the man layer by layer removed his clothes to stay cool and was soon walking along comfortably in his nudity, proving that...


"Persuasion is Better Than Force."

Good stuff Aesop, whether you wrote them or not.

Talk to you soon.

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