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John Bonham, Led Zeppelin by Cynthia-Blair John Bonham, Led Zeppelin by Cynthia-Blair
John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin

by request for: Memories In Music
charcoal and gouache drawing on illustration board
photo ref (from Song Remains the Same DVD): [link]

I just hate working from blurry photos!!
but I hope it captures something of Bonzo during a live performance.
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:iconmiyavi-desu:
Miyavi-Desu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is amazing.
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:icontskorigami:
tskorigami Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:omfg:
that's so awesome. my favorite band, it is =D and my favorite drummer xD!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I wish he were still here :cry:
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:iconmontreuxofbonzo:
MontreuxOfBonzo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So do I.
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:icontskorigami:
tskorigami Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, no one was really responsible for his death, right?
just another chapter in history, and a huge one.
the end of the band was not happy. that is why i am unable to bring myself to listen to any 'in through the out door' stuff. all my love is so beautiful =(
i heard all the way to physical graffiti.
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MontreuxOfBonzo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am probably the most un-emotional person, but when I hear 'All Of My Love' I can't help but shed a few tears. Such a beautiful song.
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:icontskorigami:
tskorigami Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
totally agree. one of their best i'd say :)
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think Jimmy took it personally for a very long time, as it happened at his home. It may still haunt him. But only Bonzo was really responsible for his own actions...he flirted with mortality alot. It was terribly sad. When I hear "All of My Love" you can't help but think of Robert's son, tragically dying at 6, was it? Such a beautiful song.
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tskorigami Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
apparently, they were spending a lot of time together (jimmy and bonzo) during the period when they were recording ittod.
well, they say bonzo's heavy drinking can be partly attributed to his homesickness, due to the constant touring and all. he was apparently having bouts of depression, leading to heavy drinking.
well, we ll know what happened after that =(
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
There's a huge amount of pressure when a band has reached such heights as LZ...and of course drinking can tend to deepen depression, but I'm sure Bonzo never meant to drink enough to die, yet those things happen. Those who dance at the edge of the precipice sometimes slip and fall... :(
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MontreuxOfBonzo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I ditch school on the 25 every year in memory of Bonzo.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really cool.
I think he'd approve. :nod:
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:icontskorigami:
tskorigami Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well I always thought depression causes drinking.
I know, many people who died never meant to die. Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, the list goes on and on.....
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:iconlilyru:
LilyRu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
It most certainly does. It totally looks like a still from "Sound Remains the Same."
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:icontskorigami:
tskorigami Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's "the song remains the same" =D
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! Wish I had more/better pics of him, though, to work from next time :)
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:iconlynettecooper:
lynettecooper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is genius... and what a legend :worship:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! He certainly is! I wish I could find better photos of him to work with :D
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:iconmilitaryaviator:
MilitaryAviator Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
R.I.P.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed! :(
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:iconexracheese:
ExraCheese Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Bonzo rules!!!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, indeed!! :nod:
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:iconprogdrumr:
progdrumr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I'd like a print of this. How much?
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Prints are for sale here: [link]
because 50% goes to charity, although I may do a slightly different edition here on DA
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EMMPPS6 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
sick! that is a really great drawing!!! :))
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!
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:iconcreativemikey:
creativemikey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
What a Great Drawing:nod:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:icongoldengirl954:
GoldenGirl954 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
May I use this for a youtube video?
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sure, just make sure my credit's in there...Thanks! :D
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:icongoldengirl954:
GoldenGirl954 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
That is such a good drawing!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconsw-elric:
SW-Elric Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
omg... this... is... AMAZING! beautiful!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconsmashingpixie:
smashingpixie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I just teared up a little.... I love how you somehow managed to capture the sarchasm in his smile
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww...thanks! John's so hard to find good pix of...I'm doing a painting of him thundering away on his drums and it's driving me nuts because the image is so blurred ( I need good focus to know I've done it right!)

Wish he was still here to send this to. :cry:
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:iconburn-taichou:
Burn-taichou Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Sure captured something... great work!
Led Zep. forever!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, absolutely!
Thank you!! :D
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:icongondz:
gondz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   General Artist
awesome :love:
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
working on a painting of him right now :)
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:icongondz:
gondz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   General Artist
you're welcome :D
let me know when you done :dance:
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:iconjcfsusmc:
jcfsusmc Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
brilliant capture of the greatest rock drummer ever.
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! I'll be doing a painting of him soon :)
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:iconmarycat414:
marycat414 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
What a beautiful job you did on this! Just lovely. Cheers!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!
Wish I had some better photos of him to work from for next time :)
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:iconmarialota:
marialota Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
REALMENTE BELLO!
FELICITACIONES.

VIVA ZEPPELIN!
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazie! :)
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:iconandrei19s:
Andrei19S Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Magic ! :)
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!
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:iconhunyill:
Hunyill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
It's really awesome man!

R.I.P. Bonzo, long life to your legacy.
Zeppelin for ever!
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