How Stephen Wiltshire Draws Detailed Cityscapes In Perfect Scale

People are certainly familiar with traditional maps that are very important for navigation. However, the folded paper maps are now being superseded by digital maps that can be downloaded for free. Another type of map, the bird’s eye view map is different because it not is not a navigation tool but an illustrated map of a city with embellishment and character.

Stephen Wiltshire is one of Britain’s best known artists who can draw panoramic cityscapes in perfect scale. At the age of 3, Stephen was diagnosed with autism but he surprised his teachers with his ability to draw accurate images of wildlife and caricatures of his teachers.

Later on, Stephen was able to draw buildings that he sees around London with impressive detail. Annette, an older sister would take Stephen to the 14th floor of an apartment building where a school friend resides so that he can see the view of the sprawling city. Stephen was overwhelmed by the layout and landmarks and his passion became an obsession.

In 1989, Stephen visited Venice and created his first panorama. From here on, Stephen became known for his incredibly detailed cityscapes with hundreds of streets, landmarks and buildings in perfect detail. Stephen drew the detailed cityscapes of Jerusalem to Sydney from memory. His latest work was a drawing that brought Mexico City to life on a 13 feet canvas.

In New York City, he sketched everything he saw from a 20-minute helicopter ride. However, in spite of his astounding memory, Stephen lost his way in Manhattan and walked 45 minutes to a wrong direction before he found Cheyenne’s Diner.

Stephen remains humble and unfazed with the recognitions and awards. Fame has not altered his concentration and neither does it make him nervous. He communicates easily with millions of people through his art, a language that most people understand.

When people travel by plane, they prefer the window seat because it provides them the opportunity to view the landscape of a city. The bird’s eye view map is created from the same effect but without the need to sit by the plane’s window. The map is created from the perspective of the artist.