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February 12th, 2009

Art can be created in many ways. From the traditional oil painting to modern arch to hip hop graffiti to yummy food decoration, art becomes the very part of our lives. Even I have my own way of creating arts – by writing! Now the kind of art I’m going to show you is unbelievably created!
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Mona Lisa(La Gioconda)

This black and white sketch of Mona Lisa can be rendered by any artist with a pencil or pen. Looking a little closer you will realised that this is no work of a pencil nor a pen:
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This artwork is rendered with a typewriter. Yes, the traditional typewriter. The artist was Paul Smith.
Paul Smith was a man with extraordinary talent. He was born in Philadelphia on September 21, 1921 with severe cerebral palsy. Through the odds of spastic celebral palsy, a disability that took away his speech and mobility, he had beaten it all by teaching himself to be a master artist using just a typewriter.
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My Dog is his portrait of his own dog.
Paul used his left hand to steady his right one every time he types. Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time because of the jerky muscle spasm caused by celebral palsy, he normally locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. If you see the details, you can see the symbols that he uses were based on @ # $ % ^ & a m p ; * ( ) _ .
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Lighthouse On A Starry Night
The more he master the skill of painting using typewriter, he started developing different techniques to create shadings, colours and textures, making his work more amazing than ever!
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This is one of the coloured paintings called The Old Mill.
Over seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He always gave the original pictures away, with some he kept for his own records.
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The Boy Fishing From Bank With His Dog
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Paul Smith, self-portrait
This great man passed away on June 25, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many in years to come.

More about Paul Smith and his work, click here! Here are some videos on Paul Smith creating his pictures and a tribute to him.

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  1. thepimpa
    January 7th, 2010 at 01:43 | #1

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  2. January 8th, 2010 at 06:08 | #2

    Wow that’s really excellent! Thanks thepimpa for your contribution :)

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