3D illusions

An overview of most of Julian Beever's 3D pavement drawings...

Anamorphic illusions are drawn in a special distortion in order to create an impression of 3 dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint.

In order to appear really 3 dimensional however, they need to be viewed either through a camera (which I have set up on a tripod for people to look through) or on a mobile phone, ipad or other screen. They do not look 3D to the naked eye.

frog-i

Meeting Mr Frog.

newt-i

About to meet Mr Newt.

feedfish-i

Feeding the fish.

sosie-i

Self-Portrait Of The Artist With Liquid Refreshment.

arctic-i

Arctic Street Conditions with Soft Drink.

arcticwhale-i

Oh crumbs !

japwhale-i

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.

postmod-i

Pre-modernist and post-modernist.

detect1-i

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

detect2-i

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

detect3-i

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

detect4-i

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

detect5-i

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

swim-i

Swimming-Pool In The High Street.

swimwrongview-i

Here we see the Swimming-Pool, drawn in Glasgow, Scotland, but viewed from the "wrong" side. These drawings only work from one viewpoint otherwise the image appears strangely distorted.

globe-i

This Make Poverty History drawing was requested by Live8 to support the pressure campaign on the G8 in Edinburgh. It was done in Edinburgh City Centre.

globewrongview-i

Here we see the same Make Poverty History drawing from the side : it was 13m (40 feet) long.

coke-i

Is this the real thing ?

girlonmat-i

Girl on a beach mat.

littlelarge-i

Little and Large.

timesquare-i

Time Square in Time Square.

boat-i

Push the boat out.

hosepipe-i

Waste of water...

waterfall-i

Taking the plunge.

fountain-i

Beneath every street...

rafting-i

White water rafting.

batman-i

Batman and Robin to the rescue.

invisibleman-i

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

bank-i

Underground Bank at Bank Underground, London.

ballantines-i

Ballantine's : leaving an impression in Montevideo.

stilllife-i

Still Life with Butterfly. This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ. This drawing was the subject of Episode 6 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.

stilllifearrang-i

The real life arrangement for Still Life with Butterfly.

paris-i

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.

butterfly-i

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.

eagleflag-i

This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.

dungeon-i

That hemmed in feeling...

world-i

Drawing for Worldcard in Istanbul.

mosaic-i

Beneath every carpark...

ants-i

Ants : a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge in Buenos Aires.

breakfast-i

Julian Beever's Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show.

rescue-i

This drawing of a Rescue was to be viewed using an inverting mirror.

fly-i

The World's Biggest Fly-Spray.

homeless-i

Drawn at any time, in any city around the world.

santa-i

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

snowman-i

Making Mr. Snowman. This picture appeared in The Daily Mail on 22nd December 2008.

grotto-i

Christmas Eve in Santa's workshop. This picture appeared in The Daily Mail on 22nd December 2011.

accident-i

A slight accident on a building site in Vienna.

accident2-i

A slight accident in a Railway Station in Zurich.

twoworlds-i

Two worlds.

yorkshirewater-i

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.

crab-i

Catching Crabs.

fishsupper-i

Fish Supper at the Beach.

escher3worlds-i

Three Worlds : inspired by and drawn in homage to the great artist M.C.Escher.

crawl-i

Kate's Last Crawl.

crawl-wrongview-i

Although not a large drawing, Kate's Last Crawl was one of the most extreme anamorphic distortions with the image stretched to about 15 metres.

pariscrater-i

Explosion in Paris. This drawing was done in Montparnasse, Paris to mark the tenth anniversary of the explosion at the AZF factory in Toulouse in 2001.

slate-i

Slate. Drawn on Prince's Street, Glasgow.

strangalia-i

Strangalia. Police arrived in Cabbage Street, Brussels yesterday after reports that an unusually large specimen of Strangalia maculata, the Longhorn Beetle, had been seen scurrying across the road, frightening shoppers. Before apprehension, the insect mysteriously disappeared during a downpour. It has not been seen since. Police have not confirmed or denied the report.

grasshopper-i

The Great Green Grasshopper lives up to its name.

grasshopper-side-view-i

The Great Green Grasshopper ; wrong view. Here we see it from behind and the anamorphic distortion can be seen.

snail-i

Back off, creep !

snailwrongview-i

Snail wrong view. To draw parts of the snail on the shiny bench, paper had to be cut out and stuck in place on top of and on the side of the bench. Further back, a standing steel pillar in the street was incorporated to make one of the snail's horns.

wheel-i

Wheel of Fortune. This was done in Santiago, Chile for the Telecommunications company 3M as part of their "Ingenuity" campaign. It was the most difficult drawing I have ever attempted.

zurichpizza-i

The Leaning Slice of Pizza. Drawn in Zurich for Coop.

olympictorch-i

The Olympic Torch in Leicester.

terryglass-i

What Lies Beneath.... This was drawn for the Terryglass Arts Festival in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Dublin beach

Relaxing on a Dublin Beach.

pondinrain-i

Pond in the Rain. This drawing recreates a strong childhood memory for me.

capedover-i

Lift off from Cape Dover.This drawing was used to raise money for the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2013 (Thanks to KCCH for their cooperation).

whaleshark-i

Hoping Not to Feed the Fish. Don't worry, it's a filter feeder... I think!
(Drawn for Arts Week in Dubai).

coventry-i

Lament to the Lost River Sherbourne. A reminder of the once beautiful river that is now buried beneath Coventry after the post-war planners got to work. Drawn as part of the Coventry Mysteries Festival 2014.

car-i

Mind That Wall ! This one was painted as part of Julian Beever's tour of China at the world's largest school of driving.

stillthere-i

Still There in the Morning. You never know what you 'll find when you return to the drawing the next day. In this case I was lucky. Only the plastic rain sheet had been damaged... Or had it ?

frontcover-i

Pavement Chalk Artist - The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever, by Julian Beever, Firefly Books, 112 pages.

 
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