Monday, August 31, 2009

"Seeing Is Believing"---"Or Is It?"

Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his anamorphic art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, Australia, Belgium, and the US. He is often referred to as the "Pavement Picasso" for good reason. Beever gives an amazing illusion to his drawings, so that the objects appear to be three dimensional rather than flat as they actually are.

His drawings are so very awesome--see for yourself:

The child is real, however the pond, lily pads, and frog are all chalk drawings.

The boy is real but the butterfly and it's shadow are chalk drawings.

This is drawing is a "work in progress"--Julian is leaning on a special seat so he can draw his piece of art work.

Here is the completed drawing. Can you believe that the little boy is standing flat on the pavement? Yea, this is totally amazing isn't it?
Another amazing thing is that many people consider his art work "graffiti", and feel that these drawings do not belong on public streets. Thank goodness most people really enjoy his art work and have a very positive reaction to it.

The girl holding the small glass is real--however, the ladder, big bottle, and tall glass are all flat drawings on the pavement. Hey, did you see the tiny Julian Beever on the big bottle cap? This is sooooo cool!

The 3D aspect of Julians work came about when he was working in Brussels. Julian says, "I decided to get into 3D after seeing the effect of tiles being removed from the street and later trying to create a sense of depth in a drawing".
The large tile taken out of the pavement and the hole left there are chalk drawings that show the 3D aspect of his work. Notice the people trying to avoid the hole in the pavement? It sure looks real.

This is no hole in the pavement, just another piece of pavement art by Julian--WOW!!!

Sometimes seeing is believing--or is it? To be con't--ttyl


  1. Julian Beever is a phenomenal artist. It's really so very hard to believe that his drawings are flat. His work is just totally awesome!
    Hope you enjoyed this post. :o)

  2. Wow...I just called my hubby to take a look at this. We are both pretty amazed. JB is so talented, and his work is just amazing.

  3. Hey blueberrie--
    thanks for the feedback!

  4. Wow! That is incredible!
    Love your blog! :o) button

  5. I think that is some amazing artwork. I had my come over and look at the pictures too.

  6. darn typo's, I had meant I had my mom come look at it.