Street art has many forms – it can be graffiti, installation, sculptures, flash mobs, and even sidewalk chalk art. Today, we’d like to present you with a beautiful collection of such chalk art pieces executed with a 3D technique.
Julian Beever is a British artist based in Belgium who has been creating this masterful 3D chalk art since the mid-1990s. As well as being a master of two-point perspective, his chalk artwork is also created thanks to a technique called anamorphosis (a.k.a. trompe l’oeil in the art world). When viewed from the intended angle and shot with a wide-angle lens, an optical illusion is created, giving the drawing a 3D effect.
After planning out his idea, Julian takes to the streets with his chalk pastels and looks for a place to make his mark, hoping that it doesn’t rain whilst he’s drawing. You can see from Julian’s work that he’s a big fan of hyperrealism and you feel like you could almost step into the artwork yourself. Those with a fear of heights better watch out for his seemingly sidewalk-splitting drawings!
Remember our post called 20 Incredible Eye Macros? Eyes are the second most complex organs besides our brains, but this time, our eyes have let us down. Nevertheless, it lets us enjoy this fascinating 3D street art from this incredible artist.
Pre-modernist and post-modernist
Push the boat out
Swimming Pool In The High Street (Glasgow, Scotland)
From the wrong side:
These drawings only work from one viewpoint, otherwise, the image appears strangely distorted.
Waste Of Water
Dinner is served!
Spiderman to the rescue above and below this London street.
Self Portrait Of The Artist, Julian Beever
Arctic Street Conditions with Soft Drink
(Image credits: Jonathan Dann)
A DHL boy delivering a parcel all the way from China — so that’s how they do it so fast!
Arctic Street Conditions: Fishing
Let’s be friends
This drawing was done in Tokyo for the TV show ‘Unbelievable’ and was a plea to Japan to appreciate the beauty of living whales.
Pavements Lined With Gold
This picture is part of a series used by White’s Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.
Meeting Mr. Frog
Girl On A Beach Mat
Politicians Meeting Their End
The illusion of the Politicians Meeting Their End was drawn outside The Bank of England and was commissioned by Channel 4’s Midnight Special for the night of the 1997 General Election.
A Transformers robot leaves the New York subway.
Eiffel Tower Sand Sculpture
This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series ‘Concrete Canvas’ shown in the USA.
Meeting Madame Butterfly
This drawing in Mexico City was the subject of Episode 9 of the Gallery HD television series ‘Concrete Canvas’ shown in the USA.
Rembrandts with Rembrandts.
Drawing for Worldcard in Istanbul
This drawing of a rescue is to be viewed using an inverting mirror.
The World’s Biggest Fly-Spray
Making Mr. Snowman
This picture appeared in The Daily Mail on 22nd December 2008.
Waterpool With A Chick, Redondo Beach, CA
(Image credits: slimdandy)
This drawing was also created for an episode of ‘Concrete Canvas’.
Drawn on Prince’s Street, Glasgow.
Underground Bank at Bank Underground, London
Holes on San Francisco Pavement
(Image credits: gorditojaramillo)
Be careful not to fall down here!
(Image credits: Roslan Tangah (aka Rasso))
Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
(Image credits: Panchov)
Update: it was actually drawn by Kurt Wenner, Panda’s mistake.
Little and Large
Time Square in Time Square
Taking The Plunge
Beneath Every Street
Batman and Robin
Batman and Robin to the rescue!
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man drawn in 3D outside The Tate Modern.
Ballantine’s: leaving an impression in Montevideo.
Placing the Orders
This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007.
A slight accident on a building site in Vienna
This drawing for Yorkshire Water was never fully finished and did not get beyond this rough stage. It was stopped ironically, by Yorkshire water in the form of heavy Sheffield rain which did not permit its completion.
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