Artist With Autism Draws Entire Cities From Memory

Update: After a few days, Stephen has made amazing progress…and don’t forget, he’s drawing this from memory and only a 20 minute helicopter ride to recall.

Stephen Wiltshire Draws New York

**Watch Stephen draw New York City live this week.

Stephen Wiltshire, an artist with autism, at his gallery in London

Stephen Wiltshire was mute and diagnosed with autism at the age of three. His dad died the same year. When he was 5, he moved to London where his interest in drawing began and eventually blossomed. Wiltshire slowly began talking when he was about 9 years old.

Wiltshire (pictured left) continued drawing and would eventually be the subject of various documentaries, television shows, books, and even come out with 4 books of his own…including one that made the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Most recently, Stephen Wiltshire has been recognized for drawing entire cityscapes from essentially a glimpse of the city. In 2005 Stephen drew the entire city of Tokyo on a 10-meter long canvas. However, he did it from memory after a brief helicopter ride over the city. He didn’t get to refer back to any pictures later, he drew it all from memory. He’s even known for getting the exact number of columns correct, and I believe even the exact number of windows on buildings. Pretty amazing huh? I can’t even remember what I did yesterday, let alone how many windows are even on my house. And yet Stephen can take one helicopter ride around a city and draw it to near perfection. Simply amazing. Learn more about Stephen Wiltshire below and at his website:

Stephen Wiltshire Drawing London From Memory

In addition to Tokyo, Stephen has drawn Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, London, Madrid, Rome, and most recently New York. As was recently reported, Stephen took on his biggest drawing yet, New York City.

Stephen Wiltshire Drawing New York City From Memory

Watch him draw live during the week.

And here’s an early update from the drawing:

You can also find many more images from his gallery here:

Stephen Wiltshire Drawing Tokyo From Memory

Check out the full panorama of Tokyo here:

Stephen Wiltshire Drawing Hong Kong From Memory


  1. says

    Truly amazing story! I am sure that his autism is a blessing as well as a curse at times. The mind is an amazing thing and it’s almost unbelievable that his works in this way. Amazing!

  2. says

    thank you for posting art from the minds of those who were born to create…

    my son, “mario” draws animal art that is beyond “wow”…i taught him how to draw at age 5, but that was just the beginning, his art is now flawless and clean, to say the least…

    you can see some of his art on my blog…thank you.

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