Showing posts with label TYPEWRITER ART. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TYPEWRITER ART. Show all posts

Friday, January 2, 2009


I received this in an email, so I assume I'm not violating any copyright laws. Maybe you've already seen the work of Paul Smith, but I had not. When I received the email, I thought it probably wasn't factual. Then, my good friend, Glenda found this website , and I was able to verify the validity of this email. Glenda suggested that I do a post about this amazing man. Great idea Glenda! I do want to share the story of this remarkable and inspiring man.

Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia on September 21, 1921. Although severe cerebral palsy kept him out of school, it didn't prevent him from having a remarkable life.

Never having a chance as a child to receive a formal education, Paul taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player.
According to the website, with much humility and a charming, self-depreciating sense of humor, he became a man who excelled at making the lives of those around him much richer.

Can you read the signature on these pictures? Amazingly, it reads "Typed by Paul Smith".

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 ...
@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _

Yes, you read that right. These pictures were created on a typewriter, using the symbol keys! Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. Just look at the details--and to think he didn't have full use of his hands/fingers!

He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records.
If you want to see details of his images, you can visit the gallery at his site .

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. On the website, you can see the development of his pictures from the beginning through the end. This picture of a brick house is one of his earlier works.

Paul died on June 25, 2007. He remains an inspiration. If he was able to accomplish this, how can I possibly say that I can't accomplish anything (even though these days, I tend to run all over the place, not even able to remember what I was trying to accomplish!)? Thanks so much for visiting me. laurie