This drawing of Michael Jordan is the GOAT of all drawings originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
It’s one of the most iconic photos of all time, let alone sports photos. Michael Jordan hangs in the air, arm cocked back, lips pursed in determination moments before blowing the roof off the Chicago Stadium in the 1988 dunk contest. Without seeing the image, you can probably call it to mind. But you’ve never seen it like this.
Here’s a pic of artist Keegan Hall with the drawing to give you an idea of its incredible scale.
Final drawing: "Taking Flight"— Keegan Hall (@KeeganHall) October 6, 2020
Size: 22" x 30"
Medium: pencil on paper
This piece was - by far - the most ambitious project I've ever taken on, and ultimately took over 250 hours to complete.
What are your thoughts on the finished artwork?
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Take a closer look and it’s easy to forget you’re looking at a drawing. You can see the anticipation in the eyes of every person in the crowd. The flash in the top left corner is perfect when you compare it to the real photo. Jordan himself looks as if you could reach out and touch him.
Looking at the work in progress is arguably more impressive than the finished product, as it gives you a sense of how much work went into the drawing.
Since this drawing is packed with so much tiny detail, I'm constantly moving up and down the drawing so I never feel like I make any progress. After several days of drawing I only make about an inch of progress. ⌚️🔎✏️@Jumpman23 @Nike pic.twitter.com/uoJGVbdyUT— Keegan Hall (@KeeganHall) September 17, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Hall says it took him over 250 hours to finish the drawing.
As a Seattle artist, Hall mainly draws sports figures from the Mariners, Seahawks and SuperSonics. But he’s also drawn a picture for another prominent Chicago couple: Barack and Michelle Obama.