This week's homework assignment for life drawing class was to do a member of your family or friend in some pose other than simple portrait. I chose to draw my grandma's baby brother, Great Uncle Bud.
My grandmother was born in 1904 and died in 1955 so I never met her. Her little brother was born in 1922, just 6 years before my dad. My dad is long gone too but Uncle Bud is still around having just turned 89 at the end of last year.
Bud still lives on the family farm in the house where he was born . He is a widower but luckily has about a dozen children (now in their 50s and 60s) who own many of the surrounding farms and are able to keep and eye on him. He still has a few cows and rides tractors and ATVs around his 200 or so acres.
The picture I used for this drawing was taken at a family reunion about four years ago. We had been on the go all day long and he was just taking a moment to rest against the back of the rental car and think about the hundred or so descendants of his parents gathered around. He is the last of his siblings by over 20 years and the only one to see the family tree's last two generations.