Friday, September 22, 2006

Putting things in perspective

I found the work of Julian Beever when I received a chain email with a few of his images. I immediately looked him up to learn more. The bottle in the photo above was drawn with chalk on a two-dimensional surface (the sidewalk). INSANE. I wonder what he does before starting to draw -- does he really have such an uncanny mastery of perspective, that he can achieve such a convincing 3-D effect without prior sketches and computer-aided stretching?

Check out more of his stuff here.

5 comments:

linas said...

OFN!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda said...

Kestutis, I completely agree with your disbelief...how does he do it?! His drawings, first off, are incredibly realistic, especially for using chalk as his tool of trade. Most people cannot achieve such imitation even with oil paints. And I know that the actual sucess of this illusion of realism depends entirely on taking the photograph at the precise proper angle, but even so, how does he figure in that angle into his drawings? I want to meet this guy and find out all his secrets.

Bishai said...

I concur, this guy is crazy awesome. He must just have the sketch planned out, then warps it with a computer and goes from that. It's been done before:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/artofanamorphosis/what-is.html

Kestutis said...

NFNtm!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

http://www.cmu.edu/PR/releases06/060613_3d.html

they can now take a 2D photo and render a 3D scene.