Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Review: Pavement Chalk Artist
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever
Review by Lauren
copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: The pavement chalk artist is a master of art, perspective, creativity and performance. Julian Beever is one such extraordinary master. More than just traditional flat drawings, the works Beever creates are uniquely three-dimensional anamorphic drawings. They are drawn in perspective and distorted so the subject can be viewed properly only from one particular viewpoint. For those who are standing in the right place, his chalk drawings invite them to step right into the scene or, in the case of the artist's well-known Swimming Pool in the High Street, dive right into the water.
Review: I was putting books away at the library one day and I came across this title. Instead of putting it back on the shelf, I kept it to check out. I think people that can draw are amazing, and I wish I had that skill. It's so fascinating to see an image come alive, and in the case of Julian Beever, he makes his drawings even more realistic. No, the images do not look entirely life-like, but by standing in a certain spot, you can see his chalk drawings pop out of the ground.
This book includes many of Julian's chalk drawings, photographed in the right spot so you can see the full effect. Each drawing is shown in a large-scale, with many also show in small-scale either before or after with an explanation from Julian. I skimmed a lot of the explanations to read what I found most interesting, which is why he made certain pieces. What I didn't pay as much attention to is the information on how to draw the work since I'm not an artist. It's interesting information for those that might want to try this out for themselves though!
And now, I wanted to share some of the images included in the book. All were found online, and I do not own any of the information/photos: