Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever

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Fascinating pavement chalk art by a master of the craft, now with 16 pages of new art.

Praise for the first edition:
Beever's mastery and unbridled humor are on full display in these dazzling drawings, each accompanied by a description that details artistic techniques, discusses challenges the artist faced, and offers an inside look into his...

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Overview

Fascinating pavement chalk art by a master of the craft, now with 16 pages of new art.

Praise for the first edition:
Beever's mastery and unbridled humor are on full display in these dazzling drawings, each accompanied by a description that details artistic techniques, discusses challenges the artist faced, and offers an inside look into his process.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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.

Pavement Chalk Artist includes a fabulous selection of Beever's most intriguing anamorphic drawings. Each one is accompanied by a description of the techniques he used and the challenges he overcame. These photographs record the development of his unusual skill and understanding of perspective. Readers can see how his art progresses and matures as he takes on commissioned works and a wealth of original, inventive subjects in locations worldwide.

The photographs tell the story, giving readers both an understanding of the principles of this 3-D art form and the pleasure of sharing the scenes that passersby once enjoyed before these unique works disappeared forever. This new edition includes 16
additional pages of Beever's recent art.

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Editorial Reviews

Omaha World-Herald
[Review for previous edition] Artists have been employing trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) for centuries, which makes the viewer see an object in perspective rather than as a flat or two-dimensional work. But you will be astonished at what Beever has created with chalk and will marvel at his explanations of how he created his public works all over the world. This is fascinating.
BookSpin
[Review for previous edition] I can imagine myself getting caught all candid camera-like, avoiding "holes" in the sidewalk or reaching for things that are not there. I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, so this stuff is beyond me. But if, like me, you are mesmerized by this kind of art, you need to check out Pavement Chalk Artist.
Knoxville Examiner - Kimberly Taylor
[Review for previous edition] Artists are constantly looking for new means of creating and capturing their visual audience. Julian Beever is one such person who brings awe and delight through his amazing chalk pavement drawings. Beever, a British artist, has been creating his unique, temporary masterpieces since the mid-1990s. He demonstrates that art can be fleeting, yet still have a long-lasting impact.
Ottawa Citizen Holiday Gift Guide - Victor Swoboda
[Review for previous edition] British artist Julian Beever uses his illustrative skills simply to please and to make a nice living. How could he not succeed with chalk drawings that transform sidewalks into stunning three-dimensional panoramas? Under his eye and masterful hand, a sidewalk in Cologne becomes a lily pond with newts staring from underwater. In Mexico City, a gigantic Monarch butterfly rises from the concrete. In Montreal...a sidewalk waterfall "flows." Virtually every photo in Pavement Chalk Artist elicits a "wow," especially when Beever interacts with the... An engaging writer, Beever began his street entertainer career as a juggler and puppeteer, but became a pavement artist because "they could move from place to place with only a box of chalk." He and his chalk box have globe trotted with popular success (only in London did a policeman request to see a permit). Beever also reveals his anamorphic drawing technique for achieving perspective. Easier appreciated than done.
Halifax Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
[Review for previous edition] Quite astonishing.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
[Review for previous edition] His fantastic works exist for only a short period of time, as they succumb to the elements. Viewed from a specific position to create the 3D-effect, Beever's creations have a vertigo-inducing impression. Beever provides fascinating background information on his approach and specific challenges that came up on some of his projects. Adding to the performance aspect of his work, Beever appears in many of the photographs as an active element in the final piece.
Toronto Sun
[Review for previous edition] Bet ya thought we couldn't find a 3D hook for our books page, too, didn't ya? Ha! Wrong you are, 2D breath! An incredible "pavement chalk artist" named Julian Beever has been wowing crowds in Europe and America for years. His "3D anamorphic drawings" on walkways and parking lots make little visual sense—indeed, they are greatly disorted—from any viewpoint, except that of his camera. And those photographs are dazzling.
American Profile - Neil Pond
[Review for previous edition] Beever, a sidewalk artist who uses chalk to create amazing whimsical, three-dimensional public-space illusions that can only be viewed properly from one specific angle, shows off several dozen of his favorites and explains the frequently challenging circumstances in which each was done. It's pure browsing pleasure—just keep reminding your brain that what your eyes are certain they're seeing isn't really there!
Manhattan Mercury - Carol Wright
[Review for previous edition] Pavement Chalk Artist is likely not to disappoint anyone. It's almost like traveling through strange lands and stopping every now and then to sit on top of Big Ben, haul a giant crab from the water, or catch a whale on a street on Salamanca, Spain.... Beever's art is — pardon the expression — unworldly — and timeless, a suspension between what exists in Beever's mind and the ripple effect it has on the environment. Some of my favorite pieces include "Felix (the cat) Celebrates Chinese New Year," "Waste of Water," "Turkish Delights," "Spiderman Over London," "The Unstoppable Progress of the Garden Mole," "You Just Can't Get the Reindeer Anymore" ...and "Fish Supper at the Beach," in which the bird, not man, reaps the feast. "Pavement Chalk Artist" is incredibly wise, colorful and unique. It might encourage people to do something out of the ordinary, like Beever, with only a handful of chalk and the freedom of the streets.
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Steven Heller
Throughout the book, Beever joyously shares his secrets, but it doesn't matter how much is revealed. He will remain among the few who perform this feat well. I read many of the descriptions more than once, and you can't help marveling at the work even after you've looked behind the curtain. Although this three-dimensional method goes back hundreds of years, it is hard not to be impressed.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
With these 58 chalk drawings, street artist Beever takes us around the world--to Brussels, Istanbul, London, Tokyo--to the public squares and piazzas where he creates breathtaking colored chalk anamorphic drawings--pictures rendered in perspective and appearing three-dimensional when viewed from a particular angle. The photographs of his immense paintings leap off the page, creating a whimsical wonderland of giant insects and animals, superheroes, gaping chasms, and subterranean waterways that ape and then distort reality. Each of Beever's drawings offers passersby a chance to literally step into these imagined worlds--one can balance on the headstock of a giant guitar, climb down a ladder that seems to lead into the sidewalk or sit atop a massive pint of beer. Beever's mastery and unbridled humor are on full display in these dazzling drawings, each accompanied by a description that details artistic techniques, discusses challenges the artist faced, and offers an inside look into his process. (Oct.)
Knoxville Examiner
Artists are constantly looking for new means of creating and capturing their visual audience. Julian Beever is one such person who brings awe and delight through his amazing chalk pavement drawings. Beever, a British artist, has been creating his unique, temporary masterpieces since the mid-1990s. He demonstrates that art can be fleeting, yet still have a long-lasting impact.

— Kimberly Taylor

Halifax Star Phoenix
Quite astonishing.

— Bill Robertson

Montreal Gazette
British artist Julian Beever uses his illustrative skills simply to please and to make a nice living. How could he not succeed with chalk drawings that transform sidewalks into stunning three-dimensional panoramas? Under his eye and masterful hand, a sidewalk in Cologne becomes a lily pond with newts staring from underwater. In Mexico City, a gigantic Monarch butterfly rises from the concrete. In Montreal...a sidewalk waterfall "flows." Virtually every photo in Pavement Chalk Artist elicits a "wow," especially when Beever interacts with the... An engaging writer, Beever began his street entertainer career as a juggler and puppeteer, but became a pavement artist because "they could move from place to place with only a box of chalk." He and his chalk box have globe trotted with popular success (only in London did a policeman request to see a permit). Beever also reveals his anamorphic drawing technique for achieving perspective. Easier appreciated than done.

— Victor Swoboda

North Shore News
His fantastic works exist for only a short period of time, as they succumb to the elements. Viewed from a specific position to create the 3D-effect, Beever's creations have a vertigo-inducing impression. Beever provides fascinating background information on his approach and specific challenges that came up on some of his projects. Adding to the performance aspect of his work, Beever appears in many of the photographs as an active element in the final piece.

— Terry Peters

Omaha World-Herald - Carol Bicak
Artists have been employing trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) for centuries, which makes the viewer see an object in perspective rather than as a flat or two-dimensional work. But you will be astonished at what Beever has created with chalk and will marvel at his explanations of how he created his public works all over the world. This is fascinating.
American Profile
Beever, a sidewalk artist who uses chalk to create amazing whimsical, three-dimensional public-space illusions that can only be viewed properly from one specific angle, shows off several dozen of his favorites and explains the frequently challenging circumstances in which each was done. It's pure browsing pleasure--just keep reminding your brain that what your eyes are certain they're seeing isn't really there!

— Neil Pond

Manhattan Mercury
Pavement Chalk Artist is likely not to disappoint anyone. It's almost like traveling through strange lands and stopping every now and then to sit on top of Big Ben, haul a giant crab from the water, or catch a whale on a street on Salamanca, Spain.... Beever's art is -- pardon the expression -- unworldly -- and timeless, a suspension between what exists in Beever's mind and the ripple effect it has on the environment. Some of my favorite pieces include "Felix (the cat) Celebrates Chinese New Year," "Waste of Water," "Turkish Delights," "Spiderman Over London," "The Unstoppable Progress of the Garden Mole," "You Just Can't Get the Reindeer Anymore" ...and "Fish Supper at the Beach," in which the bird, not man, reaps the feast. "Pavement Chalk Artist" is incredibly wise, colorful and unique. It might encourage people to do something out of the ordinary, like Beever, with only a handful of chalk and the freedom of the streets.

— Carol Wright

Library Journal
Once a gimmick, 3-D is currently the Hollywood rage, with experiments in television and "digicams," and it will surely become standard in coming years. Multidimensional imagery, however, is not limited to technology; British-born artist Beever produces anamorphic drawings on sidewalks across the globe using chalk. In this brief volume he explains his technique—the illusion of depth works only if seen at a precise angle. Beginning with a paper sketch, Beever employs a camera on a tripod as his third eye to give the correct perspective as he fleshes out the color drawing on a sidewalk. Having begun as a street performer juggling and presenting puppet shows, Beever understands the psychology of gathering a group of disparate strangers and turning them into a collective audience, and he succeeds by presenting humorous art. The book offers more than 75 photos of Beever and his creations; the artist often enhances his clever subjects by placing himself as a prop, e.g., extending a hand to a man falling down stairs or hauling in a huge fish. VERDICT Quirky and fun, this has tremendous browse appeal and will attract a wide audience.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770851597
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Expanded with New Artwork
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 636,273
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Beever first drew chalk scenes in the United Kingdom, then worked as an itinerant artist to perfect his skills while financing his travel to cities around Europe, the United States, Australia and beyond. "Weather and police officers were the main obstacles to work around," he writes. His art has appeared in New York City's Times Square, Paris, London and Buenos Aires and elsewhere.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Extremely Recommended: A must for the upcoming artist in your life!

    I am completely amazed at this artist. I would love to meet him. His ideas, his whimsy, and his execution of his work are simply amazing. I would have liked a little more info on him as a person in this book. But I will look for other books to follow...

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