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Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte

Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte

“The City Band”. Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte

Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte
Interestingly, painting by American artist Chris LaPorte resembles old photograph. According to Michigan based artist Chris LaPorte, he has been drawing for more than 18 years, and in total, has drawn 85,000 people!
Chris graduated from Aquinas College, La Coste Ecole de Beaux Arts, and the New York Academy of Art.
Meanwhile, 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. In particular, 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.

Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte

Chris LaPorte in his workshop

“Drawing is always cool, no matter what age or background you are. 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”.

Monumental pencil drawing by Chris LaPorte

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