Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Becomes Speed Painting Subject

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Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke is arguably one of the most respected artists of the last decade. But that hasn’t stopped one Photoshop wizard from flipping Yorke’s role, placing the eco-conscious frontman at the center of his own masterpiece. The video, a time-lapse rendering of Yorke created via Photoshop, is set to a soundtrack of Radiohead tunes. An acoustic rendition of The Bends‘ “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” and OK Computer‘s “Karma Police” has been launched from relative obscurity to one of’s highest ranked video’s across the web. While entertaining, amazing, and, to some bloggers, motivating, the time-lapse video also garners critical comments from bloggers who shout falsity and praise graspable physical art while detesting, in a semi-hypocritical fashion, digital art — a situation likely summed up by Yorke and Co. in an obscure OK Computer B-side.

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Here’s what YouTubers are saying about the Thom Yorke speed painting video:

“This is totally amazing. You should do one of John Frusciante!” — catfoodmadeofdogfood

“I’m not sure if I’m impressed or not…maybe because it’s in fast time, but it looks like a great deal of the work is done by the program.” — Gloomoo

“DAMN!!! That was superb…from now on, I’m your fan. Can you draw Karen O for me please!” — koolynx

“How long did this take?” — pidipid

“YOU FORGOT THE WHITE EYEBALLS! IT WAS STILL SKIN COLOR! I saw you whitened the eyeballs, but after some eye corrections, it went back to skin color, so U MESSED UP!!!” — aznmaplemaster

“Talented for sure, but there is still something about actual, physical artwork that is infinitely more impressive and amazing. It’s the same with a lot of the animation and comic book artwork done today.” — jablizza311

“You seem to be lacking in the artistic expression of the image. You need to dull down the color tones and be true to the art. Keep practicing, and check out “milk filtered” to see what I mean.” — Penguinsnow

“No words to explain…that’s just excellent!” — Turman10e

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Talk: What other musician should this Photoshop extraordinaire tackle?


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