Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Abe in Two

21 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

I love this.

Steve said...

Way cool! So many questions:

1. Your hands? (I consider myself fairly ambidextrous, but this is on another level.)
2. Or one of yours, the other someone else's?
3. If not your hands, whose?
4. Why upside down?
5. Was music present while sketching or added later?
6. Ink in one brushpen, water in the other?
7. "Abe in Two"...double meaning? Two minutes? Two hands? All of the above?
7. Pencil underdrawing?

The randomness of your blog is so much of its charm. From Crumb/Genesis to piano/Abe in 24 hours...

Scott Daly said...

Haha. This is great! I use to work as a caricature artist and I once saw a guy doing a caricature of someone with both hands, however everything was perfectly symmetrical.

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Steve and Jean. Yes, that's my left hand (which doesn't know what my right hand is doing). The Mozart piano sonata was playing in the background to cover up my wheezing. No layin, just a light rectangle for the outside image frame. I drew upside down because I'm a Vaudeville wannabee--only 100 years too late. Yes, two hands, two minutes, and too confusing.

Susan Adsett said...

jaw... on... floor...
That was amazing to watch!

Drew said...

Haha, great stuff!

Your comment about your left hand not knowing what your right is doing reminds me of an interesting video I saw that showed how separate our two brain hemispheres can be.

The video showed a man who, through an accident of some sort, had the connecting tissue between the two hemispheres severed, which meant his left side wasn't aware of the right side, and vice versa.

They had him try and put together a puzzle, first with the right hand, then the left. The right hand had no problem solving the simple puzzle, and breezed through it. The left hand though, was constantly hesitating, fumbling, and took several attempts before it finally solved it. At one point during the left hand's test, the right hand actually tried to join in to help, which caused the left hand to actually bat it away.

Weird stuff, indeed.

ChristyWilliams said...

LOL, i need to add this one to my bag of tricks, i don't think i could get my left hand to cooperate though. The whole upside down thing is just over the top ;)
Impressive as always Mr. Gurney!

Jeff Ward said...

Now this is great midday entertainment! Thanks for posting it. How many more tricks are up your sleeve? :)

Shawn said...

See, that's why we have two hands instead of 1!

jeff jordan said...

Hey Jim--maybe it's time to bring in your left foot. I wonder how that might work--maybe a Bach fugue for accompaniment.........

nystudios said...

I paint with both hands at the same time, and you are the only other person I have ever seen do it. I find though that jobs that require strength or mindless application are usually done with my right, and delicate tasks or ones that require the up-most skill are executed by my left. Do you find the same?

A friend of mine was taught by Vladimir Nabokov at Cornell. She said that taking notes in his class was impossible. He would write a sentence on the chalk board with a piece of chalk in each hand. The left hand would begin at the beginning of the sentence, and the right hand at the end of the sentence and the two pieces of chalk would meet in the middle. (Effectively his right hand would not only write in cursive backwards, but the letter and word order were reversed!)

I am a gymnast and a gymnastic coach. We spend a lot of time thinking about bi-lateral symmetry as well as asymmetry. We all have dominant directions to twist, very few gymnasts twist both directions. (Shawn Johnson is one) Also, most gymnasts when they fall, fall on their less dominant side, protecting their more dominant side.

Tidah said...

Wow! Generally I avoid using my left hand to keep my stuff from being smeared around. I have switched hands when painting, though. This sometimes confuses people.

I gotta say that Abe looks more like Abe when he's upside down than when he's right side up.

Erik Bongers said...

There's a lot of guitar hero stuff on youtube, but I've not seen that many drawing hero stuff!
Only one other example I can think of, from the french author of the graphic novel "Alan's war".
In fact, that whole book was drawn this way:

Emmanuel Guibert

Dakota said...

Ok, time to join the circus. haha

That was amazing!

Steve said...

Hmm..the mild ambidexterity I referred to doesn't measure up: I throw left-handed, draw right handed. BUT, when housepainting, I can park the ladder under a window and paint the trim with either hand. Hardly worth mentioning...

Noah said...

Oh now you're just showing off.

:)

Nice stuff.

Richard Smitheman said...

Great!

Susan Sorger said...

Do you get notification of these comments long after the original date of the post. I hope so because this is the logical place for this comment.

I have a question: Drawing and painting look to be so very easy for you that I wonder that it doesn't get boring because there is no challenge. Art is about the only thing I never lost interest in because I am always learning and it is forever challenging. But for you, my god you can do anything and you are interested in everything. So you still love it even though it appears easy to you?

BTW, I am a very long time fan. I have had Dinosaur parade hanging in my bedroom prominently above the bed for 15 years.

James Gurney said...

Hi, Susan, yes, I do get notification of any comments on back posts. Thanks for your kind comments. Actually, I just try to make it look easy, and I guess I should have showed all my outtakes and goofups for this Abe in Two. They were pretty funny (and pathetic), but part of the fun.

I am a little bit ambidextrous because I started out with my left hand. And yes, I am interested in everything. In a way that's both a blessing and a curse.

Sketching Artist said...

HAHA. It's like your right hand is telling your left hand to get out of the way. See how your left hand backs down when the right gets into its space.

Daniel Silberberg said...

Man, It took me until 1:01 to realize you were doing the face UPSIDE DOWN.