Thursday, January 2, 2014

Video of painting with hands and feet simultaneously


Peter Gric released this video showing him painting with both hands and feet at the same time as each eye appears to track the progress independently. If the video isn't a trick, it's a remarkable feat of limb independence, something drummers are pretty good at, too. (Direct link to video)


Here's one of his paintings. More about him and his art at Lines and Colors or at his own website.
Thanks, Arnaud

10 comments:

Stephen Southerland said...

I'm guessing the eyes are an editing trick. The workaholic in me wishes that I could have that ability. Is it true that our brains don't really multitask but switch concentration back and forth very quickly?

arturoquimico said...

Not sure why only drummers are thought to have limb independence... ever try to play ragtime on a piano? Perform multiple voicing on a classical guitar? What makes Recuerdos de los Alhambra sound so "Spanish" is by keeping the thumb independent of the fingers. You get the sound of two musicians on one guitar.

FlatClem said...

The top shot is a trick too. The arm and shoulder motion doesnt always line up.

vlad74 said...

:) There is clearly a lot of post work done on this one. While his arms and legs are moving his head is completely still, which is not possible. The way this has been probably done is :
He has filmed him self 4 times. Each of this times he has been using one of his limbs to paint. The head is a separate layer. Then all of it is put together in a composting program like Nuke or After Effects. If you go to 1:00 and look at the left lower corner especially at his shoulder you can see that the arm doesn't align with the shoulder. Also I don't think we are capable of using our eyes independently in the way hi does. If you look closely you at 0:25 you can also see how his left eye has been composited in the shot. It moves up and down in an unnatural way. It is nice as an idea but the execution is quite poor.

Mara Mattia said...

I noticed he doesn't use a palette of paint mixtures to dip his brushes in. Maybe the paint flows from inside the handles to the brushes? :)

Jon Hrubesch said...

Yep. Video trickery. But I guess this might be what artists have to resort to to make a living in this business. ;)

James Gurney said...

Cool, thanks everybody. I had a feeling the digital wizards out there in the G.J. readership would be able to see behind the curtain. Kudos to Mr. Gric anyway for coming up with a clever idea.

vlad74 said...

The more I am looking at it the more I like it. The small mistakes make it even more surreal.

planetpailly said...

I don't care that this is fake. The video itself is a work of art, and it makes a statement of what artists have to put themselves through to be successful.

planetpailly said...

I don't care that this is fake. The video itself is a work of art, and it makes a statement of what artists have to put themselves through to be successful.