Amazing Ball Pen Drawings By Johann Lester

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Johann grew up in Greenwich, London and went to Brighton University reading visual culture but left education after the first year. He always drew with a biro, scribbling away obsessively in the corners & margins of his books. While working in a café he did his first big piece for his mother’s birthday, and then his obsession really took hold.

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Using only biros, Johann bridges the gap between the ‘Image’ and photo-realism to produce distinct and arresting pieces. Photographic restraints have given way to a beautiful interpretation that only a craftsman can create. The photographic detail coupled with the individual craftsmanship, ensure that Johann’s pieces are beautiful, alarming and undeniably his own.

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The depth of tone and rich saturation in each of his unique images, brings the subject to us in a deeply haunting and personal way.

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With no real modus operandi, his work can come from a quick spur of the moment photo, a thoroughly planned out choreographed idea or a beloved classic photo. With a wide and varied collection of subjects, Lester is always developing new and fresh ideas.

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Each piece can take in excess 50 hours over weeks or months he can work on 3 or 4 pieces at a time.

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