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Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever Hardcover – October 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554076617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554076611
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. 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.)
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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. (BookSpin 2010-10-13)

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 Knoxville Examiner 2010-09-09)

[starred review] 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. (Publishers Weekly 2010-10-00)

Quite astonishing. (Bill Robertson Halifax Star Phoenix 2010-12-18)

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 Montreal Gazette 2010-12-11)

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 North Shore News 2010-12-19)

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. (Carol Bicak Omaha World-Herald 2010-12-02)

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. (Toronto Sun 2010-12-26)

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 American Profile 2011-02-20)

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. Quirky and fun, this has tremendous browse appeal and will attract a wide audience. (Mike Rogers Library Journal 2011-02-15)

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 Manhattan Mercury 2011-05-15)

British artist Julian Beever creates chalk drawings that transform sidewalks into stunning three-dimensional panoramas. 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: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever elicits a "wow." An engaging writer, Beever also reveals his technique for achieving perspective. (Victor Swoboda Ottawa Citizen Holiday Gift Guide 2010-12-12)

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His creative genuis is very well displayed in this book.
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Julian Beever is truly a unique artist and this book is one way to share his work.
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When you open the book it keeps you in complete wonderment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim Childress on January 5, 2011
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An amazing book about an amazing artist! You won't believe your eyes! Julian Beever is a pavement chalk artist unlike any other. The drawings shown in this book appear so real, so lifelike, so dimensional, that you sometimes have to look extremely hard to find the sidewalk beneath. I've shown this book to young and old, and no one's been able to stop themselves from gazing in wonder at every page. I'm mesmerized by the pictures and completely intrigued by his techniques and this unique art form. A book you'll pick up again and again and again. For more reviews go to my website, ChildressInk. -Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls' Life
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Steele on August 19, 2011
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Photographs do not do justice to this mans work. I would dearly love to see the actual works of art. Brilliant. It's a pity that some of the pictures are not shown from a different point of view to see what they actually look like.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. S. von Kleist on June 4, 2012
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I love the artwork of Julian Beever, but I am very disappointed by this book. Certainly, the photographs are of good quality, but they show only the finished picture, which you can all find on the internet. There is only one single picture showing the distortion of the drawing, which you also find on google pictures. The technical explanation has not one single photo to illustrate the working process! I'm really disappointed because I think Julian Beever is a very generous artist, but in his book he seems not to be wanting to reveal his (technical) knowledge- not very generous...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jose F. Santiago-llorens on September 30, 2011
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The man is a true artist. So many techniques are mastered that is Mind-blowing. My sister is not an art fan and could NOT put the book down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mirage on May 20, 2012
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I'd seen some of Julian Beever's work floating around on the net and ordered this book. The pictures are high quality and you see more of his work than is on the net. The only thing I think could improve it would be more pictures of his art from other angles in order to see the distorted image to get a better idea of just how much skill he has in order to make his drawings look three dimensional from one particular angle, just my own take on it. I still give it 5 stars and would definitely recommend the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Luisi on December 28, 2011
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A fascinating look at one of the most talented and unique artists of our time. His creative genuis is very well displayed in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kenp on December 4, 2011
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I enjoy this artist's work and the book added to my store of knowledge about him and his work. very nice!!!!!!
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