Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte
Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte resembles old photograph. American artist Chris LaPorte from Michigan has been drawing for more than 18 years, and has drawn 85,000 people for this period. Chris graduated from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts, and the New York Academy of Art. For this 13×26 foot hyperrealistic pencil drawing called “City Band” he got the Art Prize 2012 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 it. It took him 1,200 hours and more than 100 pencils to draw this masterpiece. The talented artist has participated in many art exhibitions in Michigan and New York City.
“Drawing is always cool—no matter what your age or background. I’ve pursued drawing as a vocation my whole adult life. I have taught drawing at GVSU, GRCC, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Aquinas College as well as educational institutions in New York and Michigan. My caricature and portrait business has financially supported my education, travel, and my fine arts studio”.