Thanks for your interest in 3d chalk art! I am often asked how I create these pieces and I am happy to demystify the process a bit. Below are some samples of completed chalk art pieces:
Samples of my 3d chalk art:
3d chalk art is an illusion. It's an image that has been stretched out on the ground so that the 3d effect is only visible from one specific spot. As you walk around the piece, it begins to distort.
What these same chalk pieces look like from the wrong angle:
How do you make the 3d effect? First, you decide what you want the image to look like. Then you "pinch" the bottom edges in to distort the image. The pinched image is what your chalk work looks like from above. This is why 3d artwork is best done in a rectangular space: You are pinching and elongating the image to give the 3d effect.
The image on the left shows the concept art: what I wanted it to look like. The image on the right shows the "pinched" effect; what the work would look like if viewed from above. I draw the pinched version, so that when you stand in the vantage point, it looks like the concept art.
Here's a visual breakdown of how the 3d chalk art works, rendering by chalk brother Hector Diaz:
Interacting with a 3d chalk piece takes the work to a whole new level. It's fun to imagine scenarios where people can jump into the work and make it feel even more life-like.
People interacting with the chalk art:
3d chalk art is best viewed through a lens, like a cell phone camera. This is because taking a photo forces an image onto a 2 dimensional plane. The camera takes a photo of what it sees and makes it flat. This forces the image to become 2 dimensional which creates the 3d effect. The 3d effect is not visible to the naked eye because we see in 3 dimensions already, thanks to peripheral vision.
I often mark where people should stand to take the photo. It is helpful to have something or someone there to tell people to use their cameras to best see the work. Sometimes I provide a lens for them to look through, so that they don't have to go through the motions of looking through their own cameras.
Examples of markers at the vantage point:
Some things to keep in mind if you're looking to commission a 3d chalk art piece:
Samples of 3d chalk pieces:
You can view more examples of my 3d chalk art here.
Do you have an idea for a 3d chalk art? I'd love to hear about it!
I was so excited to have the opportunity to create and install a 21' chalk mural in the dining room of the W Kitchen, the restaurant at the W Atlanta Downtown hotel. They asked for me to create a cartoony mural that highlighted landmarks in Atlanta. Here's a scanned image of the concept sketch for the project:
The W Kitchen downtown has gone through some major renovations lately, and this chalkboard was just one of the phases of change. It took four days to create the mural on site.
Midtown: Highlights are the Botanical Gardens, Woodruff Arts Center, The Varsity, Colony Square, The Fox Theatre, and the Margaret Mitchell House. Also includes a map of "midtown" and some trees because that area is verdant!
In between: Suntrust Park and The Big Chicken (both in Cobb County/north of the perimeter)
Downtown: Skyview, Sweet Auburn Market, Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coke, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and (of course!) the W Atlanta Downtown. Map of "downtown"
O4W/L5P: These stand for "Old Fourth Ward" and "Little 5 Points", which are east of downtown, respectively. Jackson Street Bridge (best photo of Atlanta!), Ponce City Market, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, The Beltline, The Carter Center, Little 5 Points/The Vortex.
In between: Lenox Mall, as represented by a cupcake because of their cupcake ATM machine! (no joke)
Grant Park: Love Lock Bridge, Zoo Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, Krog Street Tunnel and Murals, Grant Park, and more trees!
One of our favorite parts is the massive ribbon that creates a border around the entire thing, which really brings the piece together. That, coupled with the vibrant colors of the work itself, make this a really cool piece! We sealed the bottom part of the mural to prevent diners from smearing the chalkboard.