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Sidewalk Artist Julian Beever’s Masterpieces

December 19, 2009

Julian Beever

Chalk artist Julian Beever is the master of distortion, and I mean that in a very, very good way. English by birth and now living in Belgium, Julian has been creating his trompe l’oeil chalk drawings since the mid-1990s.

Trompe l’oeil is an art technique using realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that two-dimensional objects are three dimensional. Julian’s chalk drawings are created using a projection called anamorphosis, which creates the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.

These technical explanations are lost on me. I am no closer to understanding how he creates his astonishing 3-D pavement drawings than I was when I first viewed them. Just trying to play 3-D checkers makes my brain hurt.

Julian also creates wall murals and fine art paintings.

Prepare to be amazed!


The illusion of the Politicians Meeting Their End was drawn outside The Bank of England in 1997


Spider-Man on a London street


Keep in mind that these drawings only work from one viewpoint; otherwise the image appears strangely distorted. Two examples:

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