Stephen Wiltshire – Savant Drawing

Stephen Wiltshire Stephen Wiltshire was born in London on 24th April, 1974. He is known as “the human camera“.

As a child, Stephen was mute and did not relate to other people. When he was around 3 years old he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language ability, tantrums and lived entirely in his own world.

At the tender age of five he was sent to a school for children with special needs. Here he began to illustrate. He started with animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. Apparently the drawings showed a great natural skill and excellent perspective – for the first time his natural innate artistry was revealed.

Stephen Wiltshire in Rome

Stephen Wiltshire in Japan – Tokyo

He has been in BBC documentary and exhibited all over the world. He has a awesome memory for imagery and grasp of perspectives. Watch the clips to get a feel for his genius.

Some links:

Stephen Wiltshire Exhibitions 2008

Stephen Wiltshire Gallery

Savant Skills by Wiki

Illustration of Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic (2004)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is Wes Anderson’s fourth feature length film and was released in 2004 early 2005. It was written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach and was filmed in and around Naples, Rome and the Italian Riviera. The offbeat comedy stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, an eccentric oceanographer. Steve Zissou sets out to exact revenge on the “jaguar shark” that ate his partner Esteban. It is a really great movie which prompted me to search a little around the net and I stumbled across the below illustration which i thought was great.

Steve Zissou
Illustration of Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic with (2004)

Murray’s character is homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The film is dedicated to Captain Cousteau.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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