Connor McGregor, 2017 – Jordan Dawson, Chelsea College of Arts
Print of coloured pencil on fine grain heavyweight paper
70 x 90cm
As I was bullied as a child for being overweight, through hyperrealist drawings I have explored many different physical forms and traits that are subject to societal judgement, such as prosthetic limbs, freckles, scars, cancer, and tattoos.
Boxers and UFC fighters are typically seen as tough and fearless, however this drawing attempts to subvert that by stripping tattooed McGregor down to the nude and showing him as not only similar to everyone else, but also as vulnerable. However a cliché, it’s true that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.