Graphite & Charcoal pencils on paper
73 x 55.5cm
I particularly became more connected with John Lennon towards the latter years of his life. Looking at his journey through music and the public perception of his personal life, I felt that he was constantly on a search for truth. As he grew through his musicianship so did he as being internally/spiritually.
Finding the reference image to draw from was quite an extensive search. Over 500 images I searched and studied through. I was immediately taken by one of the photographs shot by photographer Bob Gruen. The expression captured resonated most with me and it was an expression I felt depicted the essence of his personality as well as his intent to spread peace and love through his artistry.
It was truly a joy to spend over 215 hours drawing a man who gave a lot through his music and also through his acts which branded him as a “Man of Peace”.