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Sharing the View

A web page for sharing images and ideas about the creative process and the making of an illustrated book for children.

Your ears, your nose, your gravity.

One of the two things that people who have lasted for a hundred years always say: either that they have drunk whiskey and smoked all their lives, or that neither tobacco nor spirits ever made the faintest appeal to them.
— Edward Verrall Lucas

Aging is hard on a face. Noses and ears continue growing right until your final day while the rest of you doesn't. It's true - go on, look it up. But why does this cruel fact of aging occur?  It's because noses and ears are made of cartilage mostly, and for science-y reasons cartilage grows faster in older bodies than in younger ones.  Add gravity and eventually we're all Jimmy Durante.

  Art by Al Hirshfeld   If you're like me this fresh trivia will compel you to seek out old noses and ears, looking for the biggest and best.  You're welcome .  

Art by Al Hirshfeld

If you're like me this fresh trivia will compel you to seek out old noses and ears, looking for the biggest and best. You're welcome.  

One of the characters in this book will be older and have certain physical challenges. Depicting the effects of age in a way that's inviting, warm and respectful is a non-trivial task and has kept me busy and out of trouble, researching and sketching what will eventually happen to all of our bodies if we're fortunate. I've lost track of how many grandmotherly characters I've designed during the past month: round and short; tall and skinny; straight or bent; I'm going a little granny crazy and need a break, so I'll spend time on four legged friends in February, which will be the topic of the next monthly update.  Until then here's one of the characters I made while practicing.

Jeffrey Warden