Talented artist Alex Baker 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, with the Gherkin building in the background and Canary Wharf. His amazing eye for detail is also seen in an intricate drawing of Paris from above, showing the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.
“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 mum Laura Jackson, 32, who lives near Liverpool. “He has an incredible memory and will spend hours in his bedroom drawing. It’s his passion and we’re really proud of him.”
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.
He said: “I like drawing cities which have lots of buildings and are intricate. My favourite city is London and I really like the financial district as the buildings are so old. I use books for cities which I haven’t visited and sometimes I make up my own cityscapes. I would really love to visit New York one day, so I can draw it, without having to look at a book.”
Alex said he would love to be an artist when he is older and is already considering selling some of his drawings.