3D anamorphic street art of Julian Beever

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!

Julian Beever's Swimming Pool in the High Street, viewed from the best angle

Julian Beever’s Swimming Pool in the High Street, viewed from the optimal angle.

Julian Beever's Swimming Pool in the High Street wrong side

Julian Beever’s Swimming Pool in the High Street, viewed from the “wrong” side.

Julian Beever's Kate's Last Crawl, viewed from the best angle

Julian Beever’s Kate’s Last Crawl, viewed from the optimal angle

Julian Beever's Kate's Last Crawl, viewed from the "wrong" angle

Julian Beever’s Kate’s Last Crawl, viewed from the “wrong” angle

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.



I caught Santa, and you can, too!

Can you imagine the look on your kid’s face when you show him a photo of Santa in your own living room?

When I saw this site, icaughtsanta.com, I smiled. What a fun, original idea! Best yet, I have a discount code for my readers. But more about this later.

Our girls, despite their being four-footed, got to see Santa. See for yourselves!

Santa was just reaching into his bag of toys when he heard a low growl come from behind him...

Santa was just reaching into his bag of toys when he heard a low growl...

Santa reaching for the puppies.

Santa likes his reindeer well enough, but he had to pet the sleeping puppies before heading back up the chimney.

Time’s a wastin’….Head over to icaughtsanta.com, upload your photo, and watch St. Nick appear. I have a coupon code for you, too: SANTA50 will get you half off your order. This is great fun!

A dog joke (prepare to groan)

Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return.

Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, “The first one who can use the words “liver” and “cheese” together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.”

The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, “I love liver and cheese.”

“Oh, how childish,” says the Poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.”

She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says, “How well can you do?”
Howling dog saying "That was TERRIBLE!"
“Ummmm…I HATE liver and cheese,” blurts the Golden Retriever.

“My, my,” says the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the Lab’s sentence.”

She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, “How about you, little guy?”

The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in finesse, is a chihuahua. He gives her a smile and a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says, “Liver alone. Cheese mine.”

What does your taste in art say about you?

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test…

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

22 Impressionist, 8 Islamic, 10 Ukiyo-e, -25 Cubist, -20 Abstract and 2 Renaissance!

 Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects.  Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.

People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable.  They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others.  They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends.  They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors.  They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp.  There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects.  They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences.  If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

There were several groups where I did not like any of the choices. I had to choose something, though. A lot of the time, I like a style or technique, but not the subject matter. Other times, the subject is so intriguing, I can overlook it not being in a style or colors I enjoy.

I like Asian art, especially Japanese. This piece, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Hokusai – is one of my favorites. It is not typical of Japanese art of that time period, but it’s always grabbed me.

I love the animation and aggression of the catlike waves!

Clever nine-letter word riddle

What common nine-letter word in the English language is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed, one by one? Furthermore, the letters are not to be rearranged as each letter is removed; they all must stay in their original order.

The answer’s in a video. I can’t embed it since the thumbnail reveals the word and would spoil the surprise. Go watch it at YouTube!

Attack of the Zombie Chicken

zombiechicken It is high time for me to pass along the cackling horror honor bestowed upon me by Joanie many weeks ago. I thought I’d published this entry, but alas I did not!

Today I am paying it forward, finally. Are you ready for the Zombie Chicken Award, people?

The Zombie Chicken award’s rules are as follow:

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.”

There you have it. And my choices are…

Tic Toc:  Tami’s Clock

The H-Man

Jen Segrest’s Very Big Blog

Perpetually Cranky Don

Think Pink Dana

My fake album: St. John’s Episcopal Church, a Trifling Investment of Fact

Here is your task: Find your fake band and album.

Attention musicians, designers and underemployed friends with basic Photoshop or quasi-Photoshop skills.

1 – Click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr’s “explore the last seven days” area at http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picasa or whatever software you like and put it all together.

5 – Post it as a note to Facebook and tag the friends you want to join in, or blog it and leave a link in your comments.

Here’s mine!

St. John's Episcopal Church: A Trifling Investment of Fact

St. John's Episcopal Church: A Trifling Investment of Fact

Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/9804292@N03/3302647856

C’mon now, do one yourself and post a link in the comments or tag me in a note at Facebook!

I hereby tag these friends: Tami, Nigel, Joanie, Howie, William, Rebecca and Dana.