Bob Dylan was the first celebrity portrait I tried to draw without any reference photos. When I started out, I preferred taking my own photos for references and never understood the appeal of drawing celebrity photos, especially photorealistic drawings of someone else’s photos.
I started realizing Illustrators I looked up to, used references, but drew it in a way to really make it theirs. I like pieces that look "like" the subject, but aren't a direct duplicate of a photograph. This Dylan piece is the start of this way of thinking.