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If he would have answered me, I would have booked a plane and moved to London. I’m not even kidding. But he never did answer my email. In my email I asked the 3D pavement drawing artist Julian Beever to teach me how to do what he does and become his apprentice. Perhaps it’s better that he didn’t respond, because then I wouldn’t have done a master and things like that.

Anyway, I am telling you about this little email I sent 3 years back, because it adequately demonstrates my eagerness to learn to make big 3D drawings. It is something I’ve always wanted to try at least once.

When I started the artist collective ‘Big Bug Collection’ with a couple of friends, I wasn’t the only one with big painting desires. So when my friend let us use his house as a giant canvas, I took this opportunity to create a 3D painting on the ceiling together with Eliska. The idea was to create the illusion of an upside down table. If you viewed it from the right angle it would look like it stood on the ceiling.

I finished this painting a long time ago, but somehow never got around to showing it on my blog. When I was reviewing my bucket list the other day, I suddenly realized it was one of these things I crossed of but didn’t share. (What I did share was my rainbow zebra unicorn wall painting I made in the same house.)

So I dug out some old pictures and made a speed painting video of (part of) the process.

Also, if you ever want to try this at home: don’t. You will regret it. It will take forever and your neck will hurt for days. You will be in pain and the thought of finishing it after you started will make you cry on the inside. When you do finish it you will swear you will never attempt to make a 3D illusions on the ceiling again.

Then again, when enough time has passed it does seem pretty awesome in retrospect. You might start to think that you will, perhaps, do it again one day.


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    July 9, 2014 at 11:43

    Oh, this is so cool! You know, some people paint clouds or stars on their ceilings, if they’re feeling spontaneous, but not you. Chairs are more interesting. :)

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      July 11, 2014 at 10:44

      Haha yes. Isn’t there a Roahl Dahl story that has tables glued on the ceiling? I just looked it up, moral of the story: Whenever the world seems to be terribly upsidedown, make sure you keep your feet firmly on the ground.

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    July 10, 2014 at 03:51

    This is pretty epic.
    Even if it did cause you to warn others of the risks of doing this yourself.

    Your creativity and awesomeness shouldn’t surprise me any more after all the time I’ve been following you, and yet it still does.

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      July 11, 2014 at 10:45

      Yes, I felt the need to warn people that it isn’t your typical afternoon craft project ;) I hope I will continue to find surprising creative angles ;)

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    July 10, 2014 at 22:56

    this is so awesome!!! you could do a little tiny small scale painting lol that wouldn’t be such a labor intensive process ;)

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      July 11, 2014 at 10:46

      True. But something about working this big is quite great. At least in the result. But you have a fair point haha

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    Uncustomary Art

    July 15, 2014 at 02:58

    Holy shit, how are you so COOL.


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