People living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, should consider themselves lucky. They get to walk around in the streets, where they might suddenly encounter a green monster like creature, or a flying winged pig, both are the creations of David Zinn and his chalk street art.
Being a designer, David used to spend a lot of hours in front of the computer. Getting up and walking around, and detaching yourself from the screen, is a must. And so, David, that looked for “an excuse to be outside” convinced himself one day, that instead of sketching around on a piece of paper, he should go outside and sketch on the sidewalk with a chalk. That decision open a whole new world of possibilities. From that day on, he was hooked.
Most of David’s chalk street art drawings include one, or both, of his creature creations. The veteran is one called “Sluggo”, and is a green monster with eyes popping from the top of his head. That character is also what he is most recognized by. The additional character is a flying pig called “Philomena”, that has also been liked and smiled upon by the crowd. Recently he added some mice to the party, just to make it a bit more interesting and fun. David says that his drawings are of things “I wish existed in real life“.
All of David’s creations are whimsical and with a healthy sense of humor. He believes that you should “create whatever is going to make you happy“. He always draws images with a guiding thought in mind, “trying to cheer people up“.
Apparently, creating his chalk drawings on the sidewalk, as they interact with their surroundings, is not hard enough for Davis. He creates them in an anamorphic manner, which means they are drawn so they look distorted, unless you look at them from a specific angle, and then they give the illusion as if they are real and coming out of the sidewalk. David is creating all of his drawings with chalks and charcoal. In order to create the drawing in the right angle, he starts by attaching the chalk onto a long stick, and draws in a kind of remote control way. He does so to get a feeling of how it will look like for the person watching at it. The majority of work and finishing touches are drawn in close up of course.
Chalk is a temporary medium, and so, the creations do not last forever. Recently David has been able to successfully fund a book in indigogo, containing a collection of his sidewalk chalk street art. This way, they get to last forever. I envy the people who got their hands on one of those treasures.