Forced Perspective, depth perception and foreshortening are visual concepts that have been applied to art, architecture and photography throughout history. The basic nature of forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. When applied to street art, these talented visualists have managed to come up with some spectacular works using the sidewalk as a canvas.
In order to convey the illusion of three-dimensional space and fool the eye (actually they fool the mind), these artists use a set of time proven techniques shown in the videos below to create dynamic imagery that brightens the cityscape. The first video below is a high-speed time-lapse version of how one would do a chalk street art painting of Super Mario. By the way, it took him 11 hours to complete! (If you like this, you may also like Portraiture Made of Wine Corks).
So That’s How They Do That: 3D Street Art.
[box_light]Ever seen how they draw those forced perspective drawings that look three-dimensional from a specific angle? This time-lapse video of Chris Carlson drawing Mario jumping over a NES gamepad shows how it is done. Pretty awesome. [Yababoon via Stuff I Stole via The Daily What][/box_light]
[box_light]Artist Julian Beever has a knack for allowing his works to literally pop off the ground. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Beever, whose 3-D chalk works have spawned a great deal of internet interest. (CBSNews.com)[/box_light]
Street Art Chalk Paintings
Below are some great examples of 3D chalk paintings done around the world. Most of these are just for creative appreciation but more and more are done in conjunction with brands trying to advertise or part of marketing campaigns. Either way you see it, 3D street art is a trend I would like to see more of as long as they are as creative and grand a scale as seen here.
In Dun Laoghaire the “Festival of World Culture” took place from 21. to 24. of August 2008. Edgar Müller has followed the invitation and continued his series of large-sized 3D Street Art there. For this year’s Festival of World Cultures renowned German street painting artist Edgar Müller transformed a huge slice of the East Pier into a dramatic ice age scene. This project was supported by the Goethe Institution Germany.[/box_light]