3D Street Art Learning Process

So, you remember on the Genius Guide to summer that everyone was to pick a topic they wanted to know more about (and experience in some way)?   Well, I didn’t mention that my two-cents was 3D street art.  It’s stuff like this:

But there is relatively very little on how to go about making such amazing street art. We learned a few things:

First, in many cases, you start off by painting the sidewalk chalk a base of tempera paint.  Here, we tried it on our porch.  Then you use soft pastels, not actually sidewalk chalk!  Unfortunately for us, all the soft pastels in the area were sold out!  Apparently, it’s the thing to use soft pastels in your hair (it is washable).  So we’ll try again to buy it this week.   Here, we experimented with regular old chalk.

Second, it’s all about perspective.  Here, Kat was done drawing and shading a simple box.  But it doesn’t look like a flat piece of paper when you put the dog ‘inside’, does it?  All 3D street art is done from one perspective.

We learned street artists, like Julian Beever, first put their creation on paper to figure out the perspective.  If you get the lines and angles wrong, then it won’t look right.  So Katarina practices making a building appear out of the ‘sidewalk’ on paper first.

The tools – you  must have a camera to help you gain perspective of the viewer approaching the art.  This will enable you to make the art 3dimensional.  A ruler is the second must-have.  Wanna see another artist in process?

Isn’t that cool?!? So now you know what we’ve been experimenting with all weekend (and still are). If you have any other tips, let us know!


6 comments to 3D Street Art Learning Process

  • Christina

    I think that could cause an unsuspecting pedestrian to trip!

  • maryanne @ mama smiles

    How cool! I’ll have to show my husband – he loves stuff like this!

    Thank you for sharing with learning laboratory =)

  • silver account

    My old staple from my street art days. 98 pound heavy acid-free art paper that I did thousands of soft pastels and oil pastels sketches on. It comes in 60 colors, one side is smooth and the other has a woven texture annoying to many artists and exciting to others — good in large pieces if you want easy texturing. Very suited to loose rendering where you use the background color as a significant part of the final work.

  • Kristen @ Celebrate Every Day With Me

    Looks so cool! I love all the different things everyone is picking. :)

  • Heidi

    Very cool! I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  • Kristen @ TeachingStars

    Very neat! I’m almost embarrassed to admit I took my kids to a Sidewalk Chalk festival and NEVER thought to attempt it ourselves. Thanks for the inspiration!! You can see pics from the festival here, if you are interested. :)

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