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Pavement Chalk Artist

Pavement Chalk Artist
By Julian Beever
Firefly Books, 2010
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
More than just traditional flat drawings, the works Beever creates are uniquely three-dimensional anamorphic drawings. They are drawn in perspective and distorted so the subject can be viewed properly only from one particular viewpoint. For those who are standing in the right place, his chalk drawings invite them to step right into the scene or, in the case of the artist's well-known Swimming Pool in the High Street, dive right into the water.
"Pavement Chalk Artist" includes a fabulous selection of Beever's most intriguing anamorphic drawings. Each one is accompanied by a description of the techniques he used and the challenges he overcame. These photographs record the development of his unusual skill and understanding of perspective. Readers can see how his art progresses and matures as he takes on commissioned works and a wealth of original, inventive subjects in locations worldwide.
The photographs tell the story, giving readers both an understanding of the principles of this 3-D art form and the pleasure of sharing the scenes that passersby once enjoyed before these unique works disappeared forever.
This is the coolest thing I have ever seen. I wish I could encounter Julian Beever's work in real life. Seriously. LOOK AT THESE PICTURES! He explains how he does them in the text. I could never in a million years do something like that. The only thing I can draw with chalk is hopscotch. But still, I want to TRY because it looks THAT COOL.
I think I've seen his work in an e-mail forward before, but it's just not the same. If you're interested, but don't have the book, do some Internet research. It's better than nothing.
This is one worth checking out. He should be way more famous than he is.

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