Julian Beever is the greatest pavement artist
Julian Beever is an English artist that creates surreal chalk drawings on pavement surfaces. His art is sometimes so convincing that people avoid potholes he has drawn on a pavement. His nickname is "the pavement picasso". His chalk art can take days to create but only last for a short time after being stomped by pedestrians or destroyed by the elements. His art continues to live, however, by photographs taken at the time. Julian discovered his talent as an artist in the 1980s. The art of creating an image that looks real is called trompe l'oeil. He has worked in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the USA and Australia. There seems to be a common chain email letter depicting his art. This in fact is what inspired me to create this squidoo page. He used to work in Punch & Judy show and that's where he saw other pavement artists that inspired him to try it. The 3D aspect came later: "I decided to get into 3D after seeing the effect of tiles being removed from the street, and later trying to recreate the sense of depth in a drawing.
His art is created with chalk. First, like a skillful architect, he first designs his creations on paper. Once he starts, Julian places a camera at a distance of the art and keeps observing it through the lens of the eye. The reason is simple: the camera has a wide angled lens that can create an optical ilusion that can distort the actual size of objects. "I think because the camera limits what your brain can do," he said, "it limits the brain's ability to judge distance, it makes you only use one eye. And therefore you can make the brain believe stuff that otherwise it wouldn't believe." This is what is known as anamorphism. Once he gets started on his creation, he goes back and forth from his art to the camera a few hundred times to gain perspective. Once it's created, the results will appear extraordinary as evidenced in the photos on this lens. it will slowly disappear due to nature. He is not worried about it disappearing, since he and millions of others are able to capture photographs of his creation that will forever live in the internet
More about his life
There is not much more about Julian's life, when confronted with private questions such as "how much do you make from this?", he will not respond or ignore you, he would rather discuss questions about his art. Overall, Julian is very thankful to the internet because otherwise he would not have had the chance to show all his art to millions of people and gain the notariety he well deserves. "It's that photograph that goes on the Internet. Then thousands of people will see it. It will be there forever. It doesn't vanish, really. The drawing on the ground is just a vehicle. "
Amazing artwork of Julian Beever
Some sampling of his amazing work.
Take note of each painting and vote for on the Poll below. What you see are all pavement drawings that create a 3D illusion!
1. People actually avoid the sidewalk thinking there is a hole.
2. Hang on!
3. With Spiderman
4. Water rafting
5. Two people on top of a tower.
6. Batman and Robin, quickly save Julian, he's falling from a building!
7. Feeding a seal
8. Ready for the pool?
9. Waterfall. Simply amazing..and the art isn't bad too.
10. Time for a coke, are you thirsty?
What it actually looks like from the side.
Julian's artwork poll
What picture from the gallery above is your favorite
Trompe l'oeil is perspective illusionism. It is often seen in church murals with flat surfaces looking like they are being arched. What you see in the picture does not really exist, it is painted.
Julian Beever Shows you how he does it
Watch this video of the pavement picasso at work. He created this fountain of youth for Aveeno.
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