Robert Plant by Simon Aberle

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The the tune will come to you at last
How all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

The front man from one of the best rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin

I originally intended to draw this white on black paper, and I still might, but I drew this just tonight as I had not much else to do while i waited for a download to complete on the computer!
It took an hour.

This is all done with diagonal lines only, no shading, no guidelines.
I used only a graphite 2B mechanical pencil on Reeves canvas paper, A4

Completed 4th April, 2009

Original For Sale

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I am a South Australian practising artist specialising in graphite pencils and soft pastels. I take portrait commissions and can be contacted at or


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    BLYTHARTalmost 6 years ago

    Really good!

  • Thank you!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Deborah Holman
    Deborah Holmanalmost 6 years ago

    If not THE best rock bands of all time. Very vibrant this one I think it would look fantastic white on black

  • Thanks! Yeah I think so too. I will probably end up doing it with white pastels on black paper

    – Simon Aberle

  • JamieLA
    JamieLAalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, cool!

  • Thanx Jamie

    – Simon Aberle

  • Julia  Thomas
    Julia Thomasalmost 6 years ago

    Wow so different from your usual style. I like it – it has a great energy about it!

  • Thanks! Normally I dont like to rush, but when i’m inspired i gotta strike while the iron’s hot!!!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosalmost 6 years ago

    Great work Simon. It ROCKS as much as Zepplin! The diagonal lines add a motion blur effect to it & The textured paper also adds a nice effect.

  • Thanks Matt
    I appreciate the attention you have taken to recognise the style I was trying to acheive…Thanks for getting it!

    – Simon Aberle

  • andrea311
    andrea311almost 6 years ago

    Rockin’. I love this guy and Zepp . Geniuses.

  • Me too. Thanks for commenting!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Very very effective Simon. I will await the pastel version with interest, but this will be hard to beat!

  • Thanks Lynda!
    The pastel one will have to be sometime down the track, I have other things I want to get started on first :)
    Dont know if I like this one after all….

    – Simon Aberle

  • Paul Starkey
    Paul Starkeyalmost 6 years ago

    Hey Simon, this is really good, love the technique you used.

  • Thanks! It’s ok for an hour’s work I guess

    – Simon Aberle

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks so much!

    – Simon Aberle

  • CynLynn
    CynLynnalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent, your work is outstanding!

  • Thank you I appeciate you stopping by to comment :)

    – Simon Aberle

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