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Friday, April 17, 2009

Paul Smith

Can you believe that these pictures were created using a typewriter?

Self Portrait

Paul Smith, the man with the extraordinary talent was born in Philadelphia on September 21, 1921 with a condition which impeded his speech & mobility
"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ... @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ .
Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records.
As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings."
This great man left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many.

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  1. That is the most interesting thing I've heard about in a while. I had no idea!

  2. I can barely type coherent sentences...but a picture! His really are worth 1000 words!

  3. I thought your Crayola post was amazing, but this is unbelievable. Necessity is the mother of invention, now I believe

  4. OMG! That is absolutely amazing! I never knew that that was even possible. What a talented man!