Murdo

by Dorothy
(Carluke, Scotland)

This portrait is drawn on cartridge paper using pencil and charcoal with a putty/kneadable rubber to lift off. It measures approx. 16" x 11".


Murdo is my Grandfather aged around 24 years. This drawing is done from a photograph of him taken in India around 1900 when he was serving with the Royal Horse Artillery. He also saw service with this Regiment in France during WW1 and in Russia in 1919 during the Revolution in that country.

I decided to draw my Grandfather because he was a very strong influence in my life and was very dear to me.

Once again the challenge was the photograph, although my mother had the original re-photographed in the 60's this did not repair the large tear which extended from his forehead obliterating his right eye so the challenge was to "guess" how his right eye would look.

I am pleased with the finished portrait but if anyone has any suggestions as to how the right eye could be improved I would be most grateful for their advice.

I don't think I would do anything differently if I had to do this drawing again as I have worked to the best of my ability but perhaps I might try a coloured portrait next time.

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by: Mary

Hi Dorathy ,

I think he's well and truely captured ..very distinguished ! The eye looks ok to me . Wel done.

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wonderful
by: Anonymous

what a brilliant trubute to your grandfather i bet you are pleased with this one well done irene ann

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by: Anonymous

Dorothy. Excellent though I am biased as it is of my Grandfather also. He was a rascal in his day and I can remember the soldier tales he told me always funny not of the horrors I am sure he experienced during the "war to end all wars". Thanks for a great job. Cousin Bill. MI USA.

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by: Anonymous

Dorothy. Excellent though I am biased as it is of my Grandfather also. He was a rascal in his day and I can remember the soldier tales he told me always funny not of the horrors I am sure he experienced during the "war to end all wars". Thanks for a great job. Cousin Bill. MI USA.

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by: Anonymous

Dorothy. Excellent though I am biased as it is of my Grandfather also. He was a rascal in his day and I can remember the soldier tales he told me always funny not of the horrors I am sure he experienced during the "war to end all wars". Thanks for a great job. Cousin Bill. MI USA.

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Granddad
by: Angeline

Hi Dorothy,

What a handsome man!
I see the eye-surgerie succeeded.
The shadow under his cheekbone is very good.

You asked me to be honest, well, I am.
I can't see anything wrong. Well done!

Angeline
www.angeline-rijkeboer.exto.nl


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Very fine
by: Lana

I love your style. The portrait is very neat. You definitely know what to do when you use pencils or charcoal. My best compliments!

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I lIke it!!
by: Anonymous

It is a wonderful tribute to your Grandfather and so lovingly done. He would be proud!! I like it the way it is.

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Thanks
by: Dorothy , Carluke

Hi,

Many thanks to all for the lovely comments on
"Murdo". I appreciate your taking the time to do this.

Thanks,

Dorothy

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