Michelangelo's "Pieta" Pointillism by Kate Askegaard

Kate Askegaard from Dixon, Illinois has spent 1,500 hours to create "True Love" - a life sized stippling drawing of Michelangelo's "Pieta" - using pointillism technique, for the annual ArtPrize Contest.

This piece is entirely made of dots. Each dot is the size of the tip of a pin.

Here is a close up view so you can get an idea of the scale of the piece. Each point is drawn with a Steadler .05 Pigment liner on 100s Rag paper.

Kate referenced a 12in x 12in photo that she gridded out into over 10,000 squares.

She used a large master grid for each 19in x 24in sheet of paper. There are 9 total sheets of paper that are glued onto a 5ft x 5ft canvas. Then she painted black around the image.

Kate worked 70 hours a week, which meant missing out on family outings and spending time apart from her 2-year-old son.

One night a quote came over the radio that said "God will not tell you to start something and not be with you to finish it". She believes that God was the one that told her to work on her art. She rely solely on her faith to finish.

After over 1500 hours, she finished her artwork.

Although "True Love" did not win in ArtPrize 2011, it was sold to Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum.

In her blog, she said, "I prayed that with every dot there would be a drop of God's glory to reach out to people. I hope my work was able to effect your life in someway. It was my "True Love" of art and Christ that kept me going to finish and it was God's "True Love" for you that He gave his only Son."

Check her blog: http://katecreating.blogspot.com/


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