Painter Chris Trueman, from Claremont, California, has created a unique painting by using unusual material.The painting Chris calls “Self Portrait With a Gun” actually features his younger brother, dressed as a cowboy, holding his dad’s rifle. From afar this unusual artwork looks more like an old yellowed photo, but as you approach it, you realize it’s actually something completely different-guess what?

He was using 200,000 dead ants instead of paint. When he first began the project, he decided to catch the ants himself, but the ants in San Francisco, where he was living at the time, were too small. So he decided to order them online, from a guy who was breeding and selling them as food for lizards.

Chris Trueman‘s ant painting is priced at $35,000.