Artist: Stephen Wiltshire.

Ever since reading “An Anthropologist On Mars” by Oliver Sacks,
Stephen Wiltshire has been an influence on my illustration work.

This is him:

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire mainly draws with pen & ink but when he paints,
He paints.
My favourite Stephen Wiltshire painting is this one below of Times Square, New York City:


Pretty stunning!

All the more stunning because Stephen Wiltshire paints & draws things like this all the time.
– From memory!

Take these for instance:

Real thing:


Stephen’s Illustration drawn from memory:


They don’t call him ‘The Human Camera’ for nothing I suppose.
Here’s a little bit about him from Wikipedia:

Stephen Wiltshire MBE, (born April 24, 1974) is an architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autism.
Wiltshire was born in London, England, to West Indian parents.
He is known for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once.

Wiltshire was mute and at the age of three was diagnosed as autistic.
The same year, his father died in a motorcycle accident.
At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing. He began to communicate through his drawings. At the age of eight, he began to draw imaginary post-earthquake cityscapes and cars.

His teachers began to encourage his drawing and, with their aid, Wiltshire slowly learned to speak at the age of nine.
When he was ten, Wiltshire drew a sequence of drawings of London landmarks, one for each letter, that he called a “London Alphabet”.

In 1987, Wiltshire was part of a BBC programme ‘The Foolish Wise Ones’.
A collection of his works, named ‘Drawings’, was published that year.
Wiltshire can look at a target once and then draw an accurate and detailed picture of it.
He once drew the whole of central London after a helicopter trip above it.

Stephen’s work has been the subject of many TV documentaries; neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about him in the chapter “Prodigies”, in his book An Anthropologist on Mars.

It is sometimes said that people with autism have no imagination and that Stephen is simply copying what he sees.
I think that any one of Stephen Wiltshire’s pictures blows that theory out of the water really.
All you have to do is look at them to see that he’s simply not copying just what he sees.
His artwork has character, individual style and a good sense of composition.

There are a number of clips, films & documentaries dotted around the net which show Stephen Wiltshire doing the amazing things he does.

Probably a good place to start is Wiltshires’ own official youtube channel which is here.
His stunning website is here.

Make sure you watch at least one of his famous panoramic drawing videos.

Truely amazing!

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  1. As a Freshman, I am always searching online for articles that can help me get further ahead. Thanks a million!

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