Life can be pretty boring for a grandparent whose grandkids live too far away for regular visits.
Lee Chan-jae, 76, used to be one of these grandparents. Lee lives in Brazil with his wife, Kyong Ja-ahn. Their daughter, Miru, used to live with them but has since moved back to Korea with her husband and two sons.
When Lee’s grandkids were still in Brazil, he would send them to school every day; that was basically his biggest “job”. Once they left, Lee had nothing much to do but sit around, watching K-dramas all the time.
In an attempt to lift Lee’s spirits up, his son, Ji Lee, got him to start drawing and to post his work on Instagram. This way, Lee’s family (Ji Lee lives in New York) and friends around the world could easily see his work.
Ji Lee explains further the story of how he created the website Drawings For My Grandchildren for his father in a cute video. According to the video, Lee makes one drawing a day as a way to tell stories to his grandkids.
He draws about his life, his family, his past and even Korean culture. His wife helps out with the short stories in Korean, Miru translates them into Portuguese and Ji Lee, into English.
“What was meant just for my grandkids, ended up spreading and getting much bigger than we could ever imagine,” Lee says on his website.
Lee started posting his drawings in 2015 and has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram.
You can even buy some of his artwork as prints from the website. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funding a project called The Unloneliness Project, and initiative from The Foundation for Art & Healing, and to grandkids’ college funds.
Drawings of his grandkids
There was a time when Arthur was very devoted to Power Rangers. He used to say that he will fight against the evil armed with all the stuff around. #drawing #watercolor #powerrangers Houve uma época que o Arthur estava vidrado em Power Rangers. Ele dizia que iria combater o mal munindo-se de tudo que via na frente. 알뚤이 파워레인저에 빠졌던 시절. 주변의 모든 물건들로 무장을 하고 악당을 물리친다고 했었다. #파워레인저시절
Drawings of his past and present
Boys, before you were born, grandad and grandma used to make fashionable clothing like these. #drawing #watercolor #showwindow #fashionableclothing Meninos, antes de vocês nascerem a vovo e vovô criávamos roupas estilistas. #vitrine #confeccao #modafeminina 얘들아, 너희들이 태어나기 전에 할아버지와 할머니는 이렇게 멋진 옷을 만들었지. #패션 #쇼윈도우