This huge life-like pencil drawing took the artist 1,200 hours and more than 100 pencils to create.
Chris LaPorte from Michigan created the 13×26 foot masterpiece for the ArtPrize 2012, an international art fair at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mr LaPorte used an 80-year-old photo of his grandfather and his high school marching band to create a life-like version of the blurry photo called City Band.
Artist Chris LaPorte created this 13×26 foot masterpiece entirely with pencils
He said: “The inspiration is a photograph I found in my mother’s basement.”
“It’s of my grandfather and his high school marching band.”
“It’s an 80-year-old thing, damaged and blurry like it’s not there, very much like the limitations of my own personal memory of him.”
The artist, who works as a caricature sketcher during the day, said: “I have drawn 100,000 people in my life.”
It took Mr LaPorte 1,200 hours to create his work entitled City Band
Mr LaPorte used an 80-year-old photo of his grandfather and his high school marching band which damaged and blurry to create his masterpiece
The artist said: ‘It’s an 80-year-old thing, damaged and blurry like it’s not there, very much like the limitations of my own personal memory of him’
“We take so many cues of the environment around us from how other people are reacting on their face.”
“What it communicates is enormous.”
Mr LaPorte said on his website: “Drawing is always cool no matter what your age or background.”
“My caricature and portrait business has financially supported my education, travel, and my fine arts studio.”
City Band came tenth in the ArtPrize competition earlier this month. He won the prize in 2010 for another gigantic sketch.
There were 16 winning artists who received $560,000 in prize money from the initial 1,517 entrants from 56 countries in the competition launched by Rick DeVos, from Amway Corp in 2009.
Mr LaPorte at work on City Band
A jar of used pencils to create the artwork which spans 13×26 foot which came tenth in the ArtPrize competition in Michigan
Attribution: Alex Ward, Mail Online