Meet the ultra talented Stephen Wiltshire, a British architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autism. He’s best known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing, so he began to communicate through his art. By the time he was 8, Wiltshire began drawing imaginary post-earthquake cityscapes, cars, and the rest was history. Continue reading for more.
Wiltshire can look at a subject once and then draw an accurate and detailed picture of it. He frequently draws entire cities from memory, based on double, brief helicopter rides. For example, he produced a detailed drawing of four square miles of London after a single helicopter ride above that city. His nineteen-foot long drawing of 305 square miles of New York City is based on a single twenty-minute helicopter ride. He also draws fictional scenes, for example, St. Paul’s Cathedral surrounded by flames.