People say what I’m about to say a lot, but in 13 months of blogging and 120 posts I have never said it. I’ve said similar things, but I haven’t made the following over-generalizing, cliched, oft-exaggerated blanket statement until today:
This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
You must suffer through two more paragraphs of fan-boy ramblings before you can watch it – I feel like I owe that to the creator of this video.
It’s hard to imagine the amount of work this took and the level of creativity and skill this guy has to have to be able to pull something like this off. I can’t even do a simple animation using a pad of paper. Imagine your pad of paper as a dirty brick or concrete wall in a back alley and your pencil as a huge exterior paint brush.
Now imagine not being able to use a clean sheet of paper for each frame of animation, but having to erase your drawing and remember exactly what it looked like so that your next frame matches up. Keep in mind this artist can’t just erase his painting – he has to paint over the entire thing to create a blank canvas every time. And imagine doing all this out in public with strange people watching you.
For heaven’s sake, imagine it! If you can’t imagine it, here’s the video:
(Note: if you don’t watch this with sound you’re not getting the whole experience. The sound effects truly complete this piece of art.)