This Man Draws directly onto the screen with his eyes and this man paints blind.
When I was at art school, our teachers would stand behind us and scrutinize the drawing and say ‘you’re not looking hard enough’. So I designed a piece of software in collaboration with a company called Tobaii, the world leaders in eye tracking technology. They make it possible for sensors to detect exactly where you are looking. The technology works by shining infra-red light straight into the eyes. The reflections are recorded by a camera through multi-algorithms and filters which allow eye movement to immediately be translated onto a screen. After many months of trail and error, we created a piece of code that would allow my eyes to draw a freestyle line, directly onto a computer screen, according to the different sensitivities of my eyes. I can predetermine the thickness of the line and color and then stare at the screen. As I begin to move my eyes, the line moves. No arms, no pencils or brushes. I am drawing with my eyes. More info: grahamfink.com
When I was at art school, our teachers would stand behind us and say ‘you’re not looking hard enough’
The trouble is, there is a lot of process going on between your eyes looking at something and then transferring that information to your brain, down your arms through your pencil and onto the paper
I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful to draw directly using just my eyes?
So I designed a piece of software [that use] eye tracking technology and allow my eyes to draw directly onto a computer screen
I draw the lines in my mind’s eye and sooner or later a face appears. I work with this trusting my unconscious
The lines appear like digital charcoal markings. I then print the more successful ones onto white marble
Concentrating on screen
It’s easy to imagine blindness as a crippling disability that would end a visual artist’s career, but in John Bramblitt’s case, his blindness was actually what sparked his career as an artist. Bramblitt began to paint in 2001, when he lost his sight due to epilepsy. Bramblitt is “functionally blind,” which means that his eyes can only differentiate between sunlight and darkness. Despite this, he has developed a novel way to paint – by using textured paints to feel his way around the canvas. “Basically what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for a sighted artist with the sense of touch,” he writes on his website. “The raised lines take care of finding your placement on the canvas.“ He also has an interesting solution for color; “All of the bottles and paint tubes in my studio are Brailled, and when mixing colors I use recipes. In other words I will measure out different portions of each color that I need to produce the right hue. This is no different than using a recipe to bake a cake.“ More info: bramblitt.myshopify.com | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: mymodernmet)