Stephen Wiltshire draws Manhattan skyline


Wow, this is impressive. The British artist Stephen Wiltshire is painting the entire Manhattan skyline from memory on a 18 foot canvas. I found this brilliant project at La Robotique.

“Since monday October 26th Wiltshire began filling in an 18 foot canvas
at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. The drawing is expected to be complete by friday.
You can follow his progress through the live webcam here.”
(via DesignBoom)

I think this is incredible. The painting is so detailed, I couldn’t make it even if was sitting right infront of Manhattan.

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

Stephen was born in London to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other human beings. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.”

Until friday you will be able to see Stephen Wiltshire painting live via the following Video:


  • Philipp

    This remembers me of an guy with asperger who flew over manhatten and drew it by hard. I think that’s him, as he’s an authist as well
    I don’t know, but this is totally awesome.

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Stephen Wiltshire draws Manhattan skyline