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Uncle Jeff

June 23, 2011

My uncle Jeff was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 11, 2000. He was a prominent doctor in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a few years ago they commissioned an artist to sculpt a life size statue of him. The statue now sits in front of the hospital where he worked.

I thought the sculptor did a pretty good job of capturing his likeness, considering that they only had photographs to go by. Sadly I did not do as good a job of capturing the likeness of the statue, even though I was sitting right in front of it.

The task of making a statue look like a statue (as opposed to a real person) has been an ongoing struggle for me.

I did this drawing in 2008, the last time I went back to Sioux Falls. It is my plan to draw this statue next time (and every time) I go back, and someday, I will do it justice.

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