Sunday, 10 August 2014

A tribute sketch of an art friend

I was shocked to find out that, Jorge Royan, an art friend
 I have known for some time on Facebook passed away on the 7th August.  
He underwent what was deemed low risk surgery to replace a valve in his heart 
but, tragically, he suffered a stroke during surgery and his heart just gave out. 
He was placed on an artificial heart but it was only temporary 
as his only chance of survival was a heart transplant. 
It did not come and his body slowly shut down. 
He was only 61.

Jorge was such a kind, generous, and giving person.
He adored his family and I'm glad that he was able
to see his son graduate as a civil engineer recently. 
He was so proud as his son was continuing in his father's footsteps.

Jorge went out of his way to share his art knowledge and skills with others,
expecting nothing in return. 
He was an expert on perspective and I found his explanation very helpful 
in making the topic much easier to understand for a novice like me.

Although I never met Jorge in person,
his love of life and care for others touched me. 
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

To honour his memory, 
I sketched a portrait of Jorge using a Pilot G-2 gel pen 
and a Pentel brush pen in my journal.



In memory of Jorge Royan (1952 - 2014)
May he rest in peace.

I'm linking up to Sunday Sketches HERE.

29 comments:

  1. Very sad news, touching tribute.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I'm still in shock.

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  2. Very loving tribute to someone who obviously meant a lot to you. ♥

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I never met the man in person but I will always remember his smile and his eagerness to share his art knowledge with others, expecting nothing in return.

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  3. How very sad, I am sorry for your loss. You may not have met him in person, but it's clear he was very dear to you. Your portrait of him is beautiful and your tribute in words also beautiful.

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  4. Very nice tribute. His work is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I admired his work a lot. xx

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  5. what an amazing tribute...I am thinking of you...xx

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  6. Thank you for sharing this marvelous tribute with us. It's amazing how close we can get to people we've only met through the sharing of our art work. Peace to you, my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Arnoldo. That's so true. Communicating with other artists online has enriched my life in a very positive way.

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  7. I had never run across him online, but just peeked at a most amazing artist's work! So sorry to hear that he passed so young. Your portrait is wonderful and done with tenderness and respect.

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  8. Serena, what a wonderful thing to do! That sketch is beautiful. I did not know him, but your write up and sketch brought tears to my eyes!

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  9. Oh Serena, what a wonderful thing to do for someone you never met and only knew through art!
    His sketch is amazing.
    Hugs and may he rest in peace.

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  10. Your sketch is just fantastic and what a lovely thing to do and to keep. I'm really sorry for your loss, it doesn't matter that you never met him in person. What matters is that he touched you and helped you when you needed help. Losing good people is always so sad.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. Yes, Jorge, certainly was a good person.

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  11. What a wonderful tribute, Serena. Fantastic sketch and a lovely gesture. :)

    PS My blog itself is back to blogger as there were too many issues with the "new" one. Please follow me here and update any SS links!

    http://bluechairdiary.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I've changed the link in my post.

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  12. How very sad. A lovely tribute. Any surgery is never really low risk. A friend's brother-in-law went in for ear surgery and died. We just never know what will happen. Your sketch is beautiful. Hugs, Tammy

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    1. Very true, Tammy....even minor surgeries have risk. I guess Jorge's family were told that because it's a surgery that Jorge's surgeon had performed regularly without major incident. Personally, any heart surgery would be a major surgery in my eyes. Thanks for your kind words.

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  13. How very sad and what a beautiful tribute by you.

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  14. very sweet and heartfelt way to honor a friend.

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