Paul Smith, a man with cerebral palsy, produced hundreds of the most incredible drawings with a manual typewriter. He was born in Philadelphia on September 21, 1921. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech & mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist.
Since he couldn’t press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters …. @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ .
As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.
This great man passed away on June 25, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many.
The Paul Smith Foundation has a website with Paul’s bio and many of his typewriter drawings.
Here is Paul Smith foundation website
These are some of typewriting art work from the Paul Smith’s Collection: