Beever’s pavement portraits usually take about four days to complete, and he hates the first day – “the tedious bit,” he called it – because it requires painstaking steps to ensure the perspective is perfect on the drawing. His trippy pictures rely on an art technique called trompe l’oeil – French for “trick the eye” – that employs optical illusions to paint or draw objects that look real. Beever views his cement canvas through a camera lens perched on a tripod. He’ll add a tentative chalk stroke, check through the camera again, and then erase with a damp sponge if needed. The camera, he said, lets Beever “cheat” the tendency of the human brain and eye to simplify what it perceives, he said. The result is a well hole so realistic passers-by might walk around it to avoid falling into the earth – like a drawing he did in 1997. Or Beever’s first-ever three- dimensional chalk venture about 12 years ago: a prone woman with her leg kicked skyward, an image so perfectly scaled that a cheeky passer-by might try to get fresh with her. Beever studied fine arts at the University of Leeds, but turned to street art after graduation, he said. “I wanted to travel and find some way of collecting money,” he said. “Sidewalk art seemed to be the answer.” And for years, Beever made his living that way – drawing on public pavement and accepting donations from passers-by. “If you want to make money, you have to be good,” he said, listing a series of pictures that didn’t go over so well with his audience: the elephant man, Strasburg Cathedral, and Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in Venice, Calif. Humans most like looking at pictures of people, Beever said – hence a fetching woman in a swimming pool in Redondo Beach. “It’s a cliched view, but I accept that,” he said. “I think she’ll have to be blond.” These days, Beever works purely on commission, and now has hit the big time as a camera crew followed him around Thursday in Redondo Beach. He’s featured in a new television series called “Concrete Canvas,” set to air next month on Gallery HD, a television network dedicated to the visual arts. The series documents Beever creating chalk drawings in 10 world cities, from New York to Berlin to Mexico City. Appearing on the show has quadrupled Beever’s chalk drawing output – from a typical five pictures a year to about 20, he said. Beever will work on his pool lady picture through Saturday. He attracted a few bystanders Thursday, but he’ll probably draw the most attention today when he begins adding vibrant colors and details to the picture. The television cameras make Beever more nervous than an audience, but he said passers-by can be a tough crowd. “Sometimes, everyone will stand around and ask, `Is this all it is?”‘ he said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Andrea Woodhouse STAFF WRITER Sure, what your kids scrawl on sidewalks is cute, but what Julian Beever can do with chalk will blow your mind. The British artist – deemed the “Pavement Picasso” for his three-dimensional, anamorphic renderings cast on concrete – has set his artist’s eye on the Redondo Beach pier as his latest canvas. As fishermen cast their lines into the ocean and sea gulls flew overhead Thursday, Beever shuffled around the pier and sketched the ghostly outline of a woman floating in a swimming pool. So totally Los Angeles, he figured. “I wanted something outdoor, opulent, self-indulgent and sexy,” Beever said. “So I’m drawing a three- dimensional, heart-shaped pink swimming pool with a lady lying on a lilo, sipping a cocktail, which to me is a very Los Angeles image,” he added.