Saturday, March 29, 2008

Have you seen this yet?

Maybe I'm naive, maybe I'm a rube, but this video really blew my mind. I see that a lot of the talkback regarding this video is of people saying that the elephant was taught to paint this way; and that may be true, but to my eye, well, to my eye it doesn't seem that the elephant is blindly following a learned behavior. Watch the video, and aside from it being a pretty wonderful drawing, notice the way the elephant revisits certain lines to increase their weight, note the fact that there's not a single line out of place. I doubt if most people were taught to copy a drawing they could do it with so much grace.


Maria Mercado said...

I was going to post this, too (in fact I think I will), after I found it on James Gurney's blog. I showed the video to Adam and he was STUNNED. That elephant is more sure of his linework than I am.

George O'Connor said...

Yeah, I really don't know what to make of it. Even if that's a learned behavior, that elephant has definitely made it its own. Not a wrong line in the whole piece. Arta cried when I showed it to her.