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11-year-old boy from Great Britain paints cities from memory in detail

11-year-old Alex Baker from the UK does not need a camera when travelling, as he has a unique photographic memory and can easily and in detail draw any place he has ever been or seen in a picture.

Alex’s unusual talent manifested itself when he was five years old. His father took him with him to London for just one day, but when he returned home, the boy was able to draw what he saw in detail, writes the Daily Mail.
Talented artist Alex Baker, 11, creates intricate pictures of towns and cities, which are perfectly in perspective. Alex, who is autistic, has been drawing since he was just two years old and his photographic memory means he can replicate places after visiting them or seeing them in books only once. 
His incredible drawings include the Manhattan skyline in New York, with its towering skyscrapers, as well as an aerial view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London. Alex has also drawn other famous London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge (pictured), with the Gherkin building in the background and Canary Wharf.
Pictured: The real-life Tower Bridge. 
Pictured: Alex’s sketch of Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London. 
Pictured: A photograph of the same UK scene. 
Alex, who is autistic, has been drawing since he was just two years old and his photographic memory means he can replicate places after visiting them or seeing them in books only once. Pictured: A phone box with Big Ben in the background.

Most of all, the little artist loves to paint panoramic cityscapes. Moreover, the more buildings and the more complex their architecture, the better.

The boy has already developed his own author’s style – his works look like complex sketches with a minimum number of colors.

It takes Alex about three hours to create one picture, but if the landscape is difficult, then the little Briton can sit for several days at work.

His amazing eye for detail is also seen in an intricate drawing of Paris from above, showing the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.
Alex said he would love to be an artist when he is older and is already considering selling some of his drawings. Pictured: Alex’s drawing of Paris.
Alex also created stunning sketches of Manhattan, even though he has never visited the city.  ‘I use books for cities which I haven’t visited and sometimes I make up my own cityscapes,’ he said.

‘I took Alex to London when he was five and we were only there for the day, but he came home and drew all the London Underground system in detail,’ said mother Laura Jackson, 32, who lives near Liverpool.
Ms Jackson added: ‘He has an incredible memory and will spend hours in his bedroom drawing. It’s his passion and we’re really proud of him.’ Pictured: Alex’s drawing of Canary Wharf.
Alex, who has a younger sister, Matilda, aged six, and younger brother, Oliver, aged eight, often draws his cityscapes in just three hours, although some of the larger pieces can take several days. Pictured: One of Alex’s imagined cities.
He said: ‘I like drawing cities which have lots of buildings and are intricate. My favorite city is London and I really like the financial district as the buildings are so old.’ Pictured: One of Alex’s imagined cities.

Alex’s parents are very happy about this hobby of their son. The boy has autism and in childhood he was rather withdrawn, but after he began to draw pictures, his condition and mood improved markedly. The young artist is even thinking about selling his work to earn money to travel to New York and paint the city. Source, edited by Michael Walsh.

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