Crippled By Disease, This Artist Found a Way to Keep Drawing

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  12 December 2012
Crippled By Disease, This Artist Found a Way to Keep Drawing

Francis Tsai is an artist who has worked in comics, film, gaming (tabletop and card) and video games, for clients like EA, Rockstar, DC Comics, Eidos and Marvel.

Widely-published, awarded and respected within the field, he's one of the most talented artists going around.

Sadly, Francis was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2010, a degenerative and paralysing disease for which there is no cure. He quickly lost the ability to use his arms and hands, and hasn't held a pencil since early 2011. While this should have crippled his ability to draw, he soon found that he could use his toes on an iPhone, so began using that to paint images like this.

When he then lost the use of his toes, he persevered, finding that there was software which could track his eyeballs, which he's using to communicate but via which he also hopes to be able to resume painting.

Francis has been selling shirts and other merch featuring his art on this site, with all proceeds going towards funding his medical care. You can see more of his work in the gallery above, while his personal site is here and his DeviantArt page is here.

I find this very inspiring so wanted to share this here on cgsociety. This shows if anybody has courage to accomplish Dreams then that person finds one to other ways to do that.

  12 December 2012
That is a sad, but also inspiring story.

Medical research is moving pretty fast these days.

Maybe some day his illness can be (partially) cured?

Good story. Thanks for posting!
  12 December 2012
That sucks.
Dude made some pretty nice stuff.

Everyday I kiss my little fingers.
The terminal velocity of individual particles is directly related to pink rabbits on a bank holiday.
Characters, Games, Toys
  12 December 2012
Very sad indeed.. I hope that someday there will be a cure.

Really inspiring. We shouldn't let anything negative stop us from pursuing our dreams.
  12 December 2012
I try to create as much as possible while I'm young specifically because of fear that something like this can happen.
  12 December 2012
Sad story. I red about him in ImagineFX. He is a really good artist Will try to help as much as I can.
  12 December 2012
What a tough burden to bare. I'm just glad that he's found alternative ways to express himself, even though, he has such difficult challenges to face. I wonder if he will be able to support himself through his art to provide the care he needs to face this very serious, personal crisis?
I will never be a fan of any kind of political correctness: I think it's instant death to creativity." - Mads Mikkelsen

Last edited by webhead : 12 December 2012 at 09:46 PM.
  12 December 2012
Thumbs up

Thanks for putting this out.

  01 January 2013
Thumbs up

Here are some latest updates from this guy.

Francis Tsai is a concept artist who has worked for companies like Rockstar, EA and Eidos. Sadly, as we told you last month, Tsai was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2010, and the condition has slowly taken away his ability to draw.

See what he is doing nowadays with his Eyeballs.

Last edited by Dirtvic : 01 January 2013 at 08:01 AM. Reason: missing text
  01 January 2013
Wow great work and amazing story although feet do make me sick. I'm grossed out but definitely amazed and what this guy does.
  01 January 2013
I love this guy. I was privileged to interview him back in 2010 and am so inspired by his will to keep creating and I think its so awesome that he is getting recognised for his hard work and the legacy of what he created. I believe he is only going to keep getting better the more he creates.
Lloyd Harvey
  01 January 2013
This guy is amazing and I really love his work too.
  01 January 2013
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