Now's the perfect season to break out chalk and draw on the pavement, and there are many people who do this at this time of the year. Though it's usual to assume that this type of activity is reserved for children, and it's common to see simple drawings done by them, there are people like Cuong Nguyen who take it to another level. The artist, who's a portraitist by profession, participates in various street festivals where he can hone his skills on an unusual medium.

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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BetweenTheCracks
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2 months ago

Beautiful work... and I love this guy's smile! :)

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Here's what the artist had to say about himself: "“In Vietnam, I was trained to be a portraitist since I was 10 years old. When I was a kid, I spent most of my time drawing. I started going to art class when I was 10 and at 14, I was able to earn money painting portraits of people. After high school, I was accepted into the Saigon Art Academy."

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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Monty Glue
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2 months ago

The work is amazing, I'd love to see the beautiful people of Vietnam portrayed in his art.

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

The Girl with the Pearl Earring!!! That's amazing 👏😍🤌

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He also shared the circumstances which pulled him in into this type of art: "I had seen street paintings in San Francisco before, but it was in 2001 that a friend of mine from work, Sara Modercai, who is also a mural artist, encouraged me to try a small street painting in San Rafael, CA, at her annual festival of street painting. I did it and since then, I haven't stopped.”

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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BoredArab
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2 months ago

tryna get my head around the fact that this was done with chalk

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

She looks broken hearted 💔

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

These are absolutely gorgeous 🤩 but hard to appreciate the sideways ones to their full potential 🤪🙃 (Makes my neck ache a bit already.)

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

This is so sweet 💗 and now I'm craving chocolate 🍫😋

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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Monty Glue
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2 months ago

Michelangelo has been reincarnated. This man needs a n enduring medium, I hate to think the rain will wash this talented work away.

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

At 1st glance, this looked like he's combing the beard with his fingers IN the hair. I had to zoom in to prove to my eyes that he wasn't 🙀👀

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Sue Clasen
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2 months ago

I don't know what to say, --Please give this man watercolours, or oil paints, or gouache or thank you for sharing your art with street walkers.

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago (edited)

I started to ask why he's not avoiding cracked sidewalks, then I remembered they mentioned California 😬 (Earthquake County for all of you not in the USA.).

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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BoredArab
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2 months ago

These faces are a lot more lifelike than the misshapen potatoes I can manage

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

👏 Wow, these cracks make it look like a puzzle or an antique oil painting in a museum 🤯🥰

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

That dazzling smile 😃 He looks like one happy guy. Like fun to hang out with 🥳

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

Stunning and I just love the way that he frames them. Makes them feel so finished and professional.

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

At first glance, this looked like he's an archeologist cleaning dirt off of a buried statue. It's too cool 😎

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Using The Street As A Canvas, The Artist Makes Incredibly Realistic Drawings With Chalk

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Glenn Zoontjens
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2 months ago

This guy has MAD skills 😲

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Annie
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2 months ago

Such an amazing artist! How does he get everything to perfect scale??

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TheAnimalLady
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2 months ago

I can just feel the peaceful strength emanating from this woman's gaze. **I looked back after writing that and now she seems as dramatic as a telenovela actress. It's awesome 👏🤩👍