Many of us have received email forwards containing photos of three-dimensional (3D) drawings by Julian Beever. The trick is, they’re three-dimensional only when viewed from a specific vantage point. Here are a few photos of his sidewalk art. In each pair of photos, the first shows the piece from the preferred viewing angle while the second shows it from the “wrong” side. You can see it takes some highly tuned spatial orientation on the part of the artist!
I see the theory in how these are done, but I’ve never attempted to do an extreme perspective drawing like this. I wouldn’t know where to start! Fortunately, there are some online resources available which show the basics of how these works are done. Don’t you love the Internet? 🙂
This Instructables page shows fun examples by user Greasetattoo : How to do 3D Anamorphic Artwork and Sidewalk, Street, and Driveway Art (kudos on the great choices in keywords, by the way – they worked!). I especially like the series of photos with the stool. They had a lot of fun with that one.
If viewing his work online isn’t enough for you, there’s a book available. Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever. Want to try your hand at some pavement art yourself? Check out Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet. The cover alone caught my eye; that lion is really well done. If you’re going to try your hand at chalk art, Crayola has a nice 52-Count Chalk Carton. A lot of the chalk sets out there just have a few pastel colors.
If you’re interested in learning how to do this kind of art, but are a more visual and hands-on learner, there are video tutorials on YouTube. I put together a playlist of some. If you have suggestions of other YouTube videos on the subject, let me know and I might add them to the playlist so everyone can enjoy them.