4/20/2011

The eyes have it!!

The good news is that the eye activity in the type of creative needlework we do improves both our cognitive skills and our memory... Sharon referred often to eye tracking studies and someone wanted to know how it is done...

So here it is... The eyetracker is worn on a helmet with an eye camera recording the pupil position, and a scene camera recording the view in front of the subject. The head position monitor allowed calculation of the gaze position of the eye even during head movement.



There are many studies on artists creating and also on people observing art....This study was done on a portrait artist wearing the helmet and a similar monitor was attached to the artist's pencil. It's pretty technical but the illustrations show how often and where the artist looks at the model and how he puts what he sees on his canvas...


So the information Sharon shared was based on such studies. Her main point was that if the block is too busy or congested the eye doesn't know where to land... Likewise it needs quiet areas to pause and take in even more detail.... And that is really all we need to remember... So this is probably way more information that anyone wants or needs but I find the fact that they can do this kind of research is interesting.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

That is very interesting. Certainly if you watch an artist at work, their "looking" is a very active process...

Plays with Needles said...

¥ou are a hoot!!!!! Who knew???

Can you figure out why I get motion sickness in simulators (you don't move much -- just shake...and a video takes you soaring over mountains, and going on a roller coaster) but I can ride real roller coasters over and over again??

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