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article imageVideo: Time-lapse ink sketch of Lower Manhattan skyline

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By Anne Sewell     Sep 10, 2012 in Arts
New York - A British artist has created a remarkable time-lapse sketch of the Lower Manhattan skyline from the top of the Empire State building in New York.
Patrick Vale wanted to prove that he draws freehand, and what better way to do this than to set up a smart phone on a tripod and actually film the whole process? The video has since gone viral on both YouTube and Vimeo and is named "Empire State of Pen."
Vale took four days to complete the ink sketch, sitting on the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the Empire State building.
Huffington Post asked Vale why he chose that particular view.
Vale said, "A recent trip to NYC reminded me of the earlier drawings I used to make, and armed with reference shots I decided it was time to re-visit old haunts. I wanted to try and capture the energy and spirit of the place through the line and what better way to do that than with a time lapse, plus I wanted to show people that I draw completely freehand."
It took Vale four days to complete his ink sketch, which was held in place with duct tape, ensuring the time lapse was kept smooth as he returned each day to continue his work.
The music playing in the background is Moanin' by Charles Mingus.
You can even buy a print of the finished work on his website.
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