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

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Push the boat out

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Swimming Pool In The High Street (Glasgow, Scotland)

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

From the wrong side:

These drawings only work from one viewpoint, otherwise, the image appears strangely distorted.

Waste Of Water

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Lobster

Dinner is served!

Spiderman

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Spiderman to the rescue above and below this London street.

Self Portrait Of The Artist, Julian Beever

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Arctic Street Conditions with Soft Drink

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

DHL Boy

(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

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Let’s be friends

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

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

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

This picture is part of a series used by White’s Electronics of Inverness in Treasure Hunting magazine.

Meeting Mr. Frog

Coke Bottle

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Girl On A Beach Mat

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Politicians Meeting Their End

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

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.

Transformer Robot

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

A Transformers robot leaves the New York subway.

Eiffel Tower Sand Sculpture

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

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

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

This drawing in Mexico City was the subject of Episode 9 of the Gallery HD television series ‘Concrete Canvas’ shown in the USA.

Dungeon

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Rembrandts with Rembrandts.

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Drawing for Worldcard in Istanbul

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Rescue

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

This drawing of a rescue is to be viewed using an inverting mirror.

The World’s Biggest Fly-Spray

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Homeless

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Making Mr. Snowman

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

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’.

Slate

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Drawn on Prince’s Street, Glasgow.

Underground Bank at Bank Underground, London

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Holes on San Francisco Pavement

(Image credits: gorditojaramillo)

Be careful not to fall down here!

Nokia Town?

(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

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Time Square in Time Square

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Taking The Plunge

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Beneath Every Street

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Water Rafting

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Batman and Robin

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Batman and Robin to the rescue!

The Invisible Man

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

The Invisible Man drawn in 3D outside The Tate Modern.

Ballantine’s

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Ballantine’s: leaving an impression in Montevideo.

Placing the Orders

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007.

A slight accident on a building site in Vienna

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings

Yorkshire Water

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.

Two Worlds

44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings