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.
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.
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.