my great grandfather



I was looking through old family photos today, you know... the not even black and white ones, the others where your ancestors look like ghosts in them? I found the only photo-portrait of my great-grandfather and I decided to draw it. It is very small so for some details I had to rely on my instincts. It might be a bit stiff, because since it was the only photo we have, I couldn't draw on it the usual squaring for measuring.

Since I told you about the photo, I'll tell you a bit about the man in it. Surprisingly his son, my grandfather didn't inherit any of his good-looks as I could describe, because from the photo (I never met him, though my great-grandmother, his wife is still alive) I could tell he had this certain halo about him, like a proud aura. A gentleman of those days. That's understandable since he was a soldier who fought in the second world war. Also he was a prisoner in Russia for about four years.

I couldn't do the detail on the shirt, since the photo was very old and it wasn't very clear.
Made with Daiso HB crayon on A4 paper.
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Azi am cautat printre fotografii vechi ale familiei, stiti voi... nici macar din cele alb-negru, ci din acelea in care stramosii nostri arata a stafii in ele? Am gasit singura fotografie stil portret a strabunicului meu si m-am hotarat sa il desenez. Este foarte mica, asa ca pentru unele detalii a trebuit sa ma bazez si pe instinct. Poate parea putin prea rigid, dar fiind singura fotografie pe care o avem, nu am putut sa conturez pe ea patratele pentru masuratoare.

Daca v-am vorbit de fotografie, sa va spun putin si despre barbatul din ea. Surprinzator este ca fiul lui, bunicul meu adica, nu a mostenit trasaturile sale placute, nu le pot descrie decat astfel, pentru ca din poza (eu nu l-am cunoscut, desi strabunica mea, sotia dansului, inca mai traieste) mi-am dat seama ca are o aura de mandrie. Exact cum as descrie un gentilom in acele zile. Este lesne de inteles, pentru ca a fost soldat si a luptat in al doilea razboi mondial.

A fost prizonier in Rusia timp de patru ani.
Detaliile camasii nu le-am putut reda pentru ca poza era veche si neclara.
Portret facut in creion HB de la Daiso pe coala A4

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