How to Make 3D Sidewalk Art - Street Chalk Paintings and Murals - Forced Perspective - SideWalk Art Festivals
Sidewalk Chalk is becoming very popular. Many cities are now holding annual festivals where they will have artists create large chalk murals not just on the sidewalks but on the streets.
Some Sidewalk Chalk Festivals include:
- The Pasadena Chalk Festival, which set a Guinness Book World Record in July of 2010 for the Largest Display of Chalk Pavement Art.
- SAAM I Am - Chalk Festival in Washington DC
- SparkCon - Raleigh NC
- Syracuse New Times Street Painting Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
3D Sidewalk Chalk
A good 3D sidewalk mural is an amazing sight to see. The first time someone sees one of these works of art they are usually surprised at how the mural looks when not look at it from the point it was designed to be viewed from. These murals are much larger than they appear from the viewing point and the images are stretched out. This is because they the drawing has to be skewed order to maintains the correct proportions. So the points far away from the viewing point will be much larger than the areas closer. Unlike wall art where you are looking straight on, with sidewalk art you are looking down at an angle, which is why a sidewalk artist much correct the perspective.
Julian Beever has become famous for his 3 dimensional chalk drawings. He is a master of Forced Perspective and has created some amazing optical illusions with his sidewalk art.
Creating your Own 3D Sidewalk Chalk Mural
The first thing you will need is to make a drawing of how you will want your mural to look.
With a normal sidewalk mural we then use that drawing as a template as we outline our mural. But before we can get to outlining our 3D Mural we will need to adjust the drawing for the altered perspective. You can use your computer to help you create a template with a properly adjusted perspective for your outline.
Increase Canvas Size
3D Sidewalk Art is much larger than it appears in the photographs you have seen on line.
The first thing we will need to do with our original image is increase the size of the canvas.
You can increase your canvas size in Adobe Photoshop and most other image editing programs by clicking on Image > Canvas Size from the Menu bar.
Depending on the size of you intend on making your mural the amount you increase your height and width will need to be adjusted. For starters try tripling your canvas height and doubling your canvas width.
Adjust the Perspective
Next we will adjust the perspective of the image using the Perspective Tool.
Select Tools > Perspective Tool from the menu bar of your image editing program.
Then just drag the two far corners of your image to the corners of the canvas to adjust the perspective of your image.
This will give you a template that you can use as a guide for creating your own 3D Sidewalk Chalk Mural.
Ready, Set, Chalk
Now that we have a proper template we are all set to break out the chalk and start outlining our Mural. After we are done outline we can start to the process of filling in the color and blending.
- When creating a large mural make sure to start coloring from the center and moving out or working from one side to the other. That way you will not be stepping or kneeling on sections you have already worked on. You wouldn't want to smudge your work of art.
- Make sure to wear some clothes you don't mind getting dirty because you will likely have almost as much chalk on them as the sidewalk.