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The Incredible Art Of Julian Beever!

Updated on November 28, 2012

The Artist

Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating chalk drawings on pavement since the mid-1990s that create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the right location. These trompe-l'oeil drawings are created using a projection called anamorphosis and appear to defy the laws of perspective.

Besides the 3D art, Beever paints murals and replicas of the works of masters and oil paintings, and creates collages. He is often hired as a performance artist and to create murals for companies. Beever is interested in advertising and marketing, as well. He has worked in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the USA and Australia.

Julian Beever
Julian Beever

Blair?

Commissioned by Britain's Channel 4 for its Midnight Special during the 1997 general election, Beever chose to draw "Politicians Meeting Their End" outside the Bank of England.
Commissioned by Britain's Channel 4 for its Midnight Special during the 1997 general election, Beever chose to draw "Politicians Meeting Their End" outside the Bank of England.
The pavement drawings have included both renderings of old masters plus a wealth of original inventive pieces of work.

Boat

People are actually avoiding walking in the "hole"
People are actually avoiding walking in the "hole"
Julian Beever has made pavement drawings for over ten years. More chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Scroll down slowly and stop at each new frame. Incredible!!!!!

The Hosepipe

Beever's work is so convincing that people swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the street.
Beever's work is so convincing that people swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the street.
Girl On Beach Mat
Girl On Beach Mat
Below is Beever's self-proclaimed best-known drawing, "Swimming-pool on High Street." "My art is for anybody. It's for people who wouldn't go into an art gallery. It's art for the people," explained Beever, when asked why he prefers the pavement to more traditional artistic mediums.

Swim

Remember, both his feet in reality are flat on the pavement!
Remember, both his feet in reality are flat on the pavement!

Since 2004 a chain letter containing his art (sometimes mixed with similar art by Kurt Wenner) has been circulating on the Internet.

For more insight please read my hub about Kurt Wenner. You can find a lot of pictures and a video how his art is done in this hub. Enjoy!

Is this the real thing!

No, this is not a cut-and-paste of a real coke bottle in Photoshop. This coke bottle is drawn. In chalk. On pavement. Really incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.
No, this is not a cut-and-paste of a real coke bottle in Photoshop. This coke bottle is drawn. In chalk. On pavement. Really incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.
Which is the real guy & which beer is real?
Which is the real guy & which beer is real?

Featured in Treasure Hunting magazine, Beever's mounds of gold were part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness, the world's leading metal detector manufacturers based in Inverness, United Kingdom. See the picture below.

Treasure Hunt!
Treasure Hunt!

Mosaic

Beever's "Beneath Every Car Park" reveals the hidden treasures buried under our feet. "The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end," said Beever.  "For me, I'm working toward building a photograph as my end result"
Beever's "Beneath Every Car Park" reveals the hidden treasures buried under our feet. "The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end," said Beever. "For me, I'm working toward building a photograph as my end result"

Pavement Picasso

To promote an article written about him in the British newspaper The Sun, Beever drew himself drawing himself. He admits that some people do see his work as graffiti and don't believe it has a place on public streets.
To promote an article written about him in the British newspaper The Sun, Beever drew himself drawing himself. He admits that some people do see his work as graffiti and don't believe it has a place on public streets.

The Artist At Work! The Fountain of Youth.

The Lobster

Beever's "Rescue" was meant to be viewed through an inverting mirror. "I used to do portraits and conventional drawings on the sidewalk," explained Beever. "One day I saw a particular sidewalk where there were rectangles of tiles and that gave me the idea to create [3D drawings]." Beever continued to experiment and eventually realized that "if you could make things go down in the pavement, you could also make them look as if they're coming out of the pavement." Below is the picture.

The Rescue

Below is, "Portable Computer," drawn on the Strand in London. Typically, Beever's drawings take three days to complete and remain as long as the weather and pedestrians permit. However, months of planning and preparation go in to his creations. "When you're working outdoors, you never know what's going to happen -- it can always go wrong. It's a pleasure and relief to get it finished."

Laptop

Rembrandt

Above is the masterpiece, taking inspiration from his tools, Beever constructs his own rendition of a Rembrandt. The full effect of Beever's work is truly appreciated only when viewed through the wide-angle lens on his camera. To construct these masterpieces, Beever painstakingly double checks each stroke through that lens to make sure it achieves the desired effect. "It's very hard work but running about between the camera and the drawing keeps me warm, and I just keep aiming at my final result," he said.

Post Modern

It looks like a piece of the pavement has been taken out.
It looks like a piece of the pavement has been taken out.

Many of his creations are optical illusions, such as this one, where Julian appears to be perched on a ledge, waiting for Batman and Robin to climb the building and rescue him.

In reality, there is just pavement in front of him, and the street below together with the expectant crowd, plus the blazing building below him, are all tricks played on the eye (a modern example of trompe l'oeil - a French term that means literally 'trick the eye').

An absolutely insane chalk drawing on the pavement. Batman an Robin are going to save a man from a burning building. Don't you get high anxiety when you look at this drawing ? Note the level of details : the real pavement is actually casting a "shadow" on the buildings below it.

Friendly Neighbourhood

Spiderman, Spiderman!
Spiderman, Spiderman!

Beneath Every Street

Beneath Every Street! Beever's "Beneath Every Street" unearths the mechanics behind the luxuries the Western world takes for granted every day.
Beneath Every Street! Beever's "Beneath Every Street" unearths the mechanics behind the luxuries the Western world takes for granted every day.

The Fly Killer

Dive?

Time to take bath now!
Time to take bath now!

Some images of the street drawing

on the Flickr site are attributed to

Julian Beever when the actual artist

is Kurt Wenner (www.kurtwenner.com).

You’ll notice that Kurt’s artwork has

a much more classical flavor to it than

Julian’s. That being said, both artists

are incredibly talented. You can also

refer to the hub Awesome Kurt Wenner

Check it out!

Latest Works

Ok. Now you must be real bored scrolling down all this way. Although I have many more in my collection, I will stop this with one last picture. Thank you for your patience and support. Please do not forget to comment. Do you know that Julian also makes fine art paintings?

Tired, Need a drink now!

Placing the Orders. This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007
Placing the Orders. This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007
Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show
Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show
a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge
a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge
Dungeon
Dungeon
This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series  Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
Feeding the fish.
Feeding the fish.
Eiffel Tower. This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series  Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
Eiffel Tower. This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ.
This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ.
Superheroes III - A Transformers robot  leaves the New York subway.
Superheroes III - A Transformers robot leaves the New York subway.
Worldcard in Istanbul.
Worldcard in Istanbul.

All pictures from official Julian Beever website http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/

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      Connor Hall 8 weeks ago

      This is insane! I never knew chalk drawings could look this realistic. I hope this guy didn't cause any traffic accidents with his artwork. This is some really good stuff.

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      Brooke Posey 2 months ago

      These pieces are amazing! I wish I could go see them in person, I feel like walking own these streets I would think I was actually walking into some of these, they're that realistic!

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      Carly Hough 2 months ago

      These works of art are absolutely amazing! The 3D makes them look like they are actually real life objects.

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      Isabel P 2 months ago

      This really shows the creativity that everyone has inn their own way. His work is truly stunning and we all know that he is very dedicated to it. He obviously holds nothing back when creating all of this. Its amazing to see one just one person can do, that they loved, and bring a smile to more people beyond what you could imagine.

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      Brooke Posey 2 months ago

      Wow! These pieces look so realistic they give art a different point of view.

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      ChaseH 4 months ago

      How does Julian get the precise measurments needed to make these pieces? Does he spend multiple hours measuring and chalking before he does them? Or does he just know naturally where to draw what?

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      GalaxyRat 5 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Made my day!

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      Alexis Williams 5 months ago

      These are amazing pieces and look real. The 3D makes it look real and pop out more. Great pieces of art.

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      Vanessa Ramirez 9 months ago

      These works are really amazing! You really have an awesome talent. I love the different 3D works you have done. I had to do a double take on some of them. Great work!

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      Daelen Kirby 9 months ago

      this art breaks your perception on imagery everything looks so lifelike

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      Noah Boyd 9 months ago

      I really like how the art is delusional to some people and how it is very different from the art we see today. It is also really amazing how he draws holes that look like you are going to fall.

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      karki 9 months ago

      they are just amazing art i ever saw. It looks so real. Its a truly an art I imagine ever.

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      Erin Brown 13 months ago

      That is so dope... I have trouble coloring in the lines. lol

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      Hannah Guajardo 16 months ago

      These pieces of art are amazing! Seeing the pictures pop out as in real life really caught my interest! Also the beauty of the work itself.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 20 months ago from Australia

      Wow! Speechless! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Timothy Winkler 21 months ago

      Completely speechless! Been drawing all of my life and have never seen anything quite like this.

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      Miranda 2 years ago

      This art work is really amazing!

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      Kaylee Waldrop 2 years ago

      How is this even thought of? This art is so breath taking! It is amazing how someone could first come up with art like this but second draw it!

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      Loren Carlile 2 years ago

      I would love to walk down a street with these pieces of chalk art. I already know that I would believe most of these and would "avoid potholes" that were actually chalk drawings.

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      Cassandra M. Ramos 2 years ago

      Julian Beever, your art work is truly magnificent. It has taken complex to a whole new level. I've seen some pretty good art work but yours is outstanding. Do you believe your talent comes from genetics or truly from talent?

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      Anne Campagnet-Reed 3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Love it... Great pictures!

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      Blessing uwas arts1301 3 years ago

      Wow! What a world! I have never seen anything like this before. I mean, all I can say is 'wow' while going through all this work of arts. Totally mind-blowing, amazing paintings I must say. Viewing all these paintings definitely do expand my definition of art. As we all know that, "Art" is the expression of creative skill and imaginations. He must be proud of his work 'paintings' because I am proud of him....

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      Maria Gitau 3 years ago

      The drawings are extremely creative and a very innovative form of alternative art. It is extremely eye catching, and definitely expands my definition of art. It is amazing as how it can grasp an individuals attention just because it's on the ground!

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      Michael Morrill 3 years ago

      This is seriously some of the coolest stuff I have ever seen! I think its insane how talented he is and the way he portrays depth in his drawings and all with chalk on the pavement, something I think most people can relate to doing as kids, but taken completely to the next level.

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      I love these so much! I wish I could see one in real life.

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      Ashley Stephens 3 years ago

      I think this art is really impressive, I believe that it is Alternative Art. I would like to know though if the Artist finds this to be Real Art? Its to see how they make them look so real like the guy holding the word WORLD!

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      Kandice 4 years ago

      Truly amazing! The creativity of these artists is out of this world! This has defiantly opened my eyes to the different varieties of art.

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      Pat 4 years ago

      I am so amazed at his work and am surprized how interesting it was and how he makes it jump out at you like a 3D picture.

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      Becca Franklin 4 years ago

      I think this is some of the coolest things i have ever seen. The art is amazing but since it is chalk it makes me sad to think that it will was away on the next rainfall.

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      Brenda Ventura 4 years ago

      This is awesome how he is able to make his artwork jump out and seem like its 3D. It seems like he has fun doing this, does it look like it to you? Shouldn't an artist enjoy their artwork?

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      Vimural 4 years ago from Tucson

      Love his work! A true street artist. So much patience involved.

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      kallie 5 years ago

      so realistic!

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      yoyo 5 years ago

      that is sick man thats wicked how does he do it its sick !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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      zwitsal 5 years ago

      ang ganda!!!!

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      YoBoB 5 years ago

      Genius...

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      cherid 5 years ago

      amazing artist! he's truly a gifted one....thumbs up!

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      jared 5 years ago

      Thanks for the world wide web and we can see talents like this. =)

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      elmertapic 5 years ago

      thumbs up

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      Tom 5 years ago

      I have visited NYC many times but never witnessed sidewalk art, when is the best time to see this form of artwork?

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      jerric corpuz 5 years ago

      wow this is so amazing

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      Juliane 5 years ago

      For me one of the best artists of the 21 century!

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      gagsyonzone 5 years ago

      Mirages! where feet stomp! art that's easy/surreal/free n easy to be enjoyed by all...sad thing that they gotto go, but then thats the wonderful part!

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      cr0st0n 5 years ago

      This is one of my favorite websites because these works are so spectacular, I only wish I was this talented.

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      ejlalart 5 years ago

      Is crazy in art

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      Heiko from Germany 5 years ago

      Julian, this is the best, i ever saw. I have no other words for this greate Art.

      I think, ill never meet you, becouse im in Germany, handycapet, Family and allways busy. But its already greate, that i was found about you and i can enjoy it so much.

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      n.v. 5 years ago

      Awesome paintings!

      :)

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      gconeyhiden 5 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A

      awesome hub about awesome street artist.

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      mike 5 years ago

      holy holy holy thats insaneeee

      thats 150 % amazing woooww woowww soooo coolllll !!!!!

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      Romeo Art Cordova 5 years ago

      JUST AMAZING!!!1

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      desdee 5 years ago

      fantastic work you've given me a lot to think about in this area

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      ImUnNamed 5 years ago

      Awesome work!

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      Matt 5 years ago

      These are amazing. What city do you do this in NY?

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      Paul 5 years ago

      this kind of art never ceases to amaze me. so much time and effort to make it happen!

      there is a lot of them here as well with links to even more awesome examples both from beever and others. http://bit.ly/3dchalk

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      cmramirez 5 years ago

      Great!this is awesome, very artistic and beautiful

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      Jim Helfers 5 years ago

      totally amazing!!!!!!

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      Ray 5 years ago

      hey julian you have amazing skills im writting about yu for my school report. id love to actually meet you and collect some of your art work im a huge fan thnks for opening my eyes to the 3d world.

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      Madeleine 5 years ago

      Wow! you are really good at this!

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      Vera 5 years ago

      Maravilhoso.Inacreditável.

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      kalisia 5 years ago

      hi u are good im 10 im a artist too

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      rtseagull 5 years ago

      canvas could not do your street art justice,the 3d pictures that live in your mind are just amazing you're a new age master equal to the ones that came before you

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      JD 5 years ago

      marvellous, unbelievably marvellous

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      Mike 5 years ago

      This is incredible, this guy is a genius!

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      Suky Jones, Boston, MA 5 years ago

      Wow, you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      johan g. 5 years ago

      I admire your work it is awesome I am inspired by your art.

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      Kyo Sohma 5 years ago

      KOOL PICS!HOW DO U DO THAT

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      Wow! Julian Beever is such a talented man. Thank you for sharing themwith teh rest of us

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      RckyuR 6 years ago

      beyond speechless

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      jack mcc 6 years ago

      WOW this is mindblowing

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      annam 6 years ago

      amazing artwork.. still shcoked

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      Asia Wojtysiak 6 years ago

      i thought they were true WOW i wish i was an Artist like that person WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOWOWOW

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      livy l. 6 years ago

      wow im still trying to find out what i want to be but i love art and i love your art so some day i hope to be like you.

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      Mary Mann 6 years ago

      Hey Julian Im doing a prodject on graffiti and would love it if you came to my school or atlesat write back... @ milelovesyou@hotmail.com thanx!!

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      Xiaosha Li 6 years ago

      I really love ur drawings~

      Im Chinese and study in uk now.

      I do my 3D artist research hw, i choose u!

      I saw ur drawings on magazine when i was in primary school!

      ???????????

      ???

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      Ngobeni m 6 years ago

      it so amazed pictures.

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      Eric Smee 6 years ago

      Thank God I am a photographer for if I drew in chalk, I would have to give up. Thank you for these images

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      Muna Shrestha 6 years ago

      incredible.... amazing.

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      sammy teasle 6 years ago

      wow thats cool dude!

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      johnny deep 6 years ago

      amazing and beautiful art. i will give you a private tour of pirates of the carribeane and one million dollars, if you draw something in front of my manshion.

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      julia roberts 6 years ago

      wow thats amazing but i can really do better.

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      cc jones 6 years ago

      love your art work, my teacher mr.e showed us your art. cooooooooooooooooooooooool

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      jessica 6 years ago

      your amazing

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      coolcat@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      how does he do that it is awsome

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      desaray 6 years ago

      this is awsome i wish i could do that it would be a aaaaaaaaaaawsome thing to do .

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      KelstonHunt@MozzilaFireox.org 6 years ago

      this is to cool to be true has this been put into history yet i mean if i was good i would MAKE!!! the president put my work in history books forever lol??

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      alexistooley@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      thanks for the art work i love the one with the church one

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      Girl4martin@aol.com 6 years ago

      honnestly this cant be real thats amazing he should make the atr"uhtriumph

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      alexis 6 years ago

      this is cool i like the one with the coke

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      katiejobaugher@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      omg ur drawings r sooo amazing i wish i could do something like that but i could never do something like that beast dude...!!!!

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      killer gillhh 6 years ago

      omg this dude is the beast

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      Girl4martin@aol.com 6 years ago

      how does he do this is crazy i mean it looks like its real

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      Rog 6 years ago

      SAW YOU ON THE ONE SHOW TONIGHT BBC1 - ONLY ONE WORD DESCRIBES YOUR ART ------- FANTASTIC

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      Harry 6 years ago

      The idiots who regard his work as graffiti would probably have said the same about the vatican ceiling painter

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      hailey 6 years ago

      i am going for being an artist when i get older and this is very inspirational to me. i really like your work is AMAZING!!!!!!! i hope that i can be an as good of an artist as you when i get older:):):):)!!!!!!!

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      magelson 6 years ago

      the artwork is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! some of them i cant figure out if there real!!!!!!!!!!!

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      April Begay 6 years ago

      Wow!!! That is the word that first comes to mind. The depth perception is so amazingly displayed for the world to admire! I have never been this blown away by an Artist before, thanks for sharing...

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      Sally 6 years ago

      UR Art Is Amazin I Hope I Geht 2 See It In Real Life

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      Ariel Rose Watson 6 years ago

      Your Art is inspiration to me, my dad loves your work to, and sends me pictures of it from time to time. but whenever i am down, and have writers block, cant draw or cant really do anything, i look at your art and think of how you got their. making me want to work hard to make the things i want to come true, true. Thank you sir for the smiles you inspire.

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      helly patel 6 years ago

      your work is so cool!

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      bob 6 years ago

      this is really cool

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      GArFuNKle AgaIN 6 years ago

      Hey Julian, why'd you stop telling people thank you? Did you die or somthin? Anyway, can't wait ta see YoU'rE nEW wOrk.