music icons: john lennon

54 Music Icons - Rik Lee

Recently I was commissioned to illustrate 54 portraits of musical icons. It was one huge task! As if the workload itself wasn’t daunting enough, I had a relatively tight deadline, which to fulfill, meant I had to complete at least 1 portrait every 2 days (including working weekends, Christmas day, New years etc)

Anyway, I did it. *wipes sweat from brow and downs tall glass of beer in single gulp. Here’s a sneak peek at who I drew.

I’m super excited to see what my collaborators, Laurence King Publishing make with these, but for now, I’m heading straight back to the drawing table, because I have to design product packaging for these!

John Lennon and Yoko Ono interviewed at their home, Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot, Berkshire, photographed by Michael Putland, 1971

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, New York City, 1972