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Man Becomes Artist When He Sleeps

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the talented-dreamer dept.

Idle 130

During the day 37-year-old Lee Hadwin is a nurse with no particular love or talent for art, but when he sleeps it's a different story. Lee has been sleep-drawing since he was 4 and is now quite good. Some of his pieces have sold for six figures. Despite numerous tests, doctors can't explain how he's able to draw and paint while he's not conscious, or even what stage of sleep he's in while he works. From the article: "Still, the North Wales native doesn't want to make art his career. He never studied art, and is lousy at drawing when awake. 'Art has never interested me at all,' says Hadwin, as quoted by the BBC. But just in case, he now prepares by leaving a sketchpad, brushes, and other art supplies in his bedroom."

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Call Dr. House... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288052)

quickly!

Conent blocking and WTV (1)

del_diablo (1747634) | about 3 years ago | (#37288080)

The video is blocked.
I am in Norway.
Somebody post a mirror please.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288114)

Blocked for me in Canada, too.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288212)

I am in North Wales and it's blocked for me too :(

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 3 years ago | (#37288984)

Maybe He doesn't want to be awakened?

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288368)

Maybe this one works.

http://www.itn.co.uk/home/28008/Sleep+artist+creates+masterpieces

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

ideivid (1737726) | about 3 years ago | (#37288256)

Try using a proxy.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288670)

Shouldn't fucking have to.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (2, Informative)

Man Eating Duck (534479) | about 3 years ago | (#37288430)

The video is blocked.
I am in Norway.
Somebody post a mirror please.

I don't know if it's the exact same video (I'm in Norway as well), but this is apparently the same guy [youtube.com] . If it's legit it's pretty amazing.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

Slash.research_Kat (2195516) | about 3 years ago | (#37290584)

The video is of an interview with BBC. They show a clip from the youtube video, but in the interview he explains more about his 'condition', and how he copes with it. He mentions that he donates money earned from his drawings for missing person charity.

Some of the drawings shown are amazing, but I'd imagine the ones they didn't show are equivalent to the doodles most people make in boring classes/meetings.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | about 3 years ago | (#37288602)

I'm in the US and it says the movie was removed for content violations.

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

cjb658 (1235986) | about 3 years ago | (#37289850)

Working for me, and I'm at work!

Re:Conent blocking and WTV (1)

Soldats (1282896) | about 3 years ago | (#37288666)

More like SNOREway!

Sorry I couldn't resist. I have been this way ever since I saw that animation years ago.

Please don't hurt me........

That is no idle, morons. (0)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37288092)

that is some serious shit that involves conscious, subconscious and alternative personalities.

Re:That is no idle, morons. (1)

causality (777677) | about 3 years ago | (#37288180)

that is some serious shit that involves conscious, subconscious and alternative personalities.

I was thinking something like that myself. This is far more mysterious than the way it is being presented. We don't even know what "everyday" consciousness is let alone how to explain something like this.

Re:That is no idle, morons. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288370)

This. This isn't Idle, even if it doesn't really have much in terms of very specific facts from it. (as far as we know since it seems have the damn planet is blocked from viewing the video. And who the hell is 5min when we are at it? Getting a bit sick of region locking bullshit)

This is more newsowrthy than, say, Steve Jobs stepping down.
That thing happens all the damn time, yeah we get it, this one was reallllly influential, blah blah blah and so on. Every damn CEO that steps down was influential these days.
I prefer to think of news on here as something good. Steve stepping down is far from good. Steve essentially made Apple what it is simply from being a good speaker. He spoke to the people. He convinced idiots around the world that it was fine to buy overpriced and pretty weak hardware + software, he taught the world to "think differently." Now the only Steve they have is Wozniak.
Yet Steve stepping down got a whole "real" article all to itself.
And this was thrown in to the crapbasket, pretty much.

Re:That is no idle, morons. (1)

morari (1080535) | about 3 years ago | (#37288802)

Sounds like it involves Hastur to me...

Re:That is no idle, morons. (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 3 years ago | (#37289688)

that is some serious shit that involves conscious, subconscious and alternative personalities.

Either that or he's faking it...

reminds me of this nice story... (2)

g00mbasv (2424710) | about 3 years ago | (#37288138)

..And a fantastic painter named Ardois-Bonnot hangs a blasphemous Dream Landscape in the Paris spring salon of 1926. And so numerous are the recorded troubles in insane asylums that only a miracle can have stopped the medical fraternity from noting strange parallelisms and drawing mystified conclusions. A weird bunch of cuttings, all told; and I can at this date scarcely envisage the callous rationalism with which I set them aside...

Re:reminds me of this nice story... (1)

black soap (2201626) | about 3 years ago | (#37288536)

It is the abnormal geometry that would probably be the worst part.

sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (2)

magarity (164372) | about 3 years ago | (#37288184)

WTF - I'd have a great time pursuing my fun time hobbies all day if I could "work" while asleep at night and pull down six figures.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288270)

Much like the lottery winners "i'm not going to let it change me, i will still go to work [at the local grocery store] next week after a weekend by the seaside.".

Apparently the most fortunate don't realize how lucky they are.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 3 years ago | (#37288404)

When I'm asleep, I'm an astronaut-brain-surgeon-cowboy.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288480)

When I'm asleep I post anonymously on slashdot.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

trum4n (982031) | about 3 years ago | (#37288594)

You better call a doctor. That looks pretty serious.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

Ziktar (196669) | about 3 years ago | (#37288542)

Nice to meet you, Buckaroo

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289010)

When I'm asleep, I'm a line worker in a Chinese electronics factory.

So what's with that watermelon? (1)

zooblethorpe (686757) | about 3 years ago | (#37289576)

And don't just say you'll tell me later -- you always say that, and then never do.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289696)

Worst. Movie. EVER.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

Ced_Ex (789138) | about 3 years ago | (#37290000)

When I'm asleep, I'm a mattress tester.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 3 years ago | (#37288600)

suppose he might lose the magic if he doesn't go to work?

anyhow, part of the value of that art I reckon comes from the fact that he can't reproduce it on purpose.

Re:sales for 6 figures and not interested?? (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 3 years ago | (#37288958)

Agreed. I'd sell a few paintings as my primary income, do some side work as I felt like it, and would spend quality time with my family. As a bonus, sleeping in counts as working longer hours!

Dream Job... anyone? anyone? (2)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | about 3 years ago | (#37289286)

Tell me I'm not the first to figure out the obvious headline "Dream Job" anywhere this story is posted or shared?

Skeptical (3, Insightful)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 3 years ago | (#37288218)

I'm pretty skeptical, it says he's been doing this since he was four and has some funny stories of such but do we have any actual proof that this is true? Are we sure he's not an artist with a gimmick to get his stuff sold? He wouldn't be the first.

Re:Skeptical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288294)

My thoughts as well. Seems fishy.

Re:Skeptical (1)

Alyred (667815) | about 3 years ago | (#37288318)

I was thinking the same thing here. Would be pretty easy to "fake" that he's a terrible artist when awake, then pretend to be asleep and draw occasionally.

Perhaps we're just too cynical.

Re:Skeptical (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about 3 years ago | (#37288498)

and his examples of poor artwork while awake aren't very credible. He has a smooth stroke, good even pressure, well spacedscribbles, andgood circular action. His sleep drawings aren't very high qualy so I'd probably go with faking it because nobody in their right mind would pay 6 figures for those without the claim that they were done while asleep.

Re:Skeptical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288848)

If you jerked off all night with your alternate hand, that hand would still be strong and able to make smooth strokes during the day.

Re:Skeptical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288576)

Many people sleepwalk. Some perform fairly complex actions in their sleep.

A girlfriend of a friend of mine once told us how she'd get up, walk to her living room and undress (yeah, we made remarks). I've heard claims of people driving cars. Masturbation is a pretty common one.

So why not?

Re:Skeptical (1)

Seor Jojoba (519752) | about 3 years ago | (#37289326)

Yeah, there is a quote in the article "Doctors at the Edinburgh Sleep Center can't even determine what stage of sleep Hadwin is in when his creative impulses kick in." Is this just a tricky way of saying "Doctors at the Edinburgh Sleep Center didn't actually see anything matching the claim?" The dude could be faking.

Re:Skeptical (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37290078)

While I'm as skeptical as the next of exceptional claims like this man's, (Some of it is decent, but folks paying thousands for them as "masterpieces?" Yeah. Novelty value only, IMHO) I would be surprised if they didn't have a sleep study with an EEG on this guy which would have shown if he was awake or not. He may have a parasomnia-type disorder which may be hard to classify in a specific stage of sleep, but I'd hope they'd at the VERY least have shown he's not fully awake.

Let me rephrase. Though I am not the kind of person who WOULD purchase such novelty art, *If* I were to buy one of these drawings at the prices leveled, I'd for damn sure want to have a letter from a licensed physician trained and practicing in sleep medicine attesting that the man was NOT identifyably awake by an EEG monitor at the very least

EEG: Not easily feasible (1)

DrYak (748999) | about 3 years ago | (#37290504)

I would be surprised if they didn't have a sleep study with an EEG on this guy which would have shown if he was awake or not.
I'd for damn sure want to have a letter from a licensed physician trained and practicing in sleep medicine attesting that the man was NOT identifyably awake by an EEG monitor at the very least

Electro Encephalogram (EEG) Might not be that easy to perform:
EEG measures electrical currents in the brain (Duh, hence the name).

If the guy is painting while sleeping:
- He would be moving. A lot. Really a lot. That means that the muscle motion is going to make a lot of parasites on the signal. Also because the guy would be moving around, the doctors might have a few problems keeping the measuring electrodes in place. Basically, you'd have the same difficulties as when trying to EEG someone with sleep walking. (Or atypical forms of epilepsy associated with automatic behaviours instead of convulsion).

- The guy *is painting* while sleeping. That is a rather complex action. That means that, even if he's sleeping - i.e.: most of the other brain function are shut down - there's quite some activity going on inside the brain (lots of region have to be kept active even during sleep) and thus, the EEG signal would probably rather complicated to interpret.

Re:Skeptical (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | about 3 years ago | (#37290526)

I'm pretty skeptical, it says he's been doing this since he was four and has some funny stories of such but do we have any actual proof that this is true? Are we sure he's not an artist with a gimmick to get his stuff sold? He wouldn't be the first.

It certainly could be fake, but I don't think the claim is so outrageous. Sleepwalking is a pretty well studied phenomenon. Being able to do something while sleepwalking that you can't do while awake is not something I've heard of before, I'll admit. But sleepwalkers don't always "see" what's really there, do they? Maybe when you're drawing, that's an advantage. Maybe he's just "tracing" something his brain already sees on the canvas.

Re:Skeptical (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 3 years ago | (#37290588)

> 'm pretty skeptical, it says he's been doing this since he was four and has some funny stories of such but do we have any actual proof that this is true?

Um, you DO know about Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta brain waves right?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_waves#Comparison_table [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trance#Brainwaves_and_brain_rhythms [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_eye_movement_sleep [wikipedia.org]

--
Censorship is idiotic 20th century thinking

Re:Skeptical (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 3 years ago | (#37290602)

I'm pretty skeptical, it says he's been doing this since he was four and has some funny stories of such but do we have any actual proof that this is true? Are we sure he's not an artist with a gimmick to get his stuff sold? He wouldn't be the first.

If you watch the video you'll notice everything about him screams hipster art snob douche roll.
While he's awake.

Yup - dude is faking.

Blocked? Do this. (1)

lm2s (2432822) | about 3 years ago | (#37288282)

For those who can't view the video, use www.vivalaproxy.com, fast and easy.

Blocked in Brazil too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288304)

Blocked here in Brazil too. May those (ir)responsible go bankrupt.

Fight club (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288314)

didn't he just break the first rule ?

Hmmm... (5, Funny)

bob5972 (693297) | about 3 years ago | (#37288346)

Sounds sketchy...

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288550)

Sounds sketchy...

I see what you did there...

Re:Hmmm... (1)

trum4n (982031) | about 3 years ago | (#37288610)

art pun. ouch.

Re:Hmmm... (2)

Cyberia (70947) | about 3 years ago | (#37290788)

Hey now... let's not draw any hasty conclusions yet.

Reminds Me... (2)

localman (111171) | about 3 years ago | (#37288390)

Reminds me of the excellent art book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" - which talks about how we have to turn off some of the analytical features of our mind to become better artists. For example, when you look at a wheel and try to draw it, you don't want to think "wheel" and start drawing what your mind knows of a wheel: depending on the angle it may be oval instead of circle, shadows and other objects may obscure the circular shape. Instead you want to draw what your eyes see "raw", whether those shapes and shades make sense or not.

The book goes a lot further down this path, but it is fascinating to think that our brains can have power that is hindered by other parts of the brain. This guy seems to support that. I imagine there's significant talents and skills we have within us that simply don't know how to access.

Re:Reminds Me... (2)

nine-times (778537) | about 3 years ago | (#37288644)

Yes, there's a lot of evidence that there are parts of your brain that won't really work while another part of your brain is working. Also, I've recently read a theory behind sleep-walking and sleep-talking that basically claims that parts of your brain can sleep independent of one another, so when there are enough parts of your brain to walk and talk that are "awake" while your higher consciousness sleeps, you might sleepwalk.

This doesn't seem impossible to me.

Re:Reminds Me... (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 3 years ago | (#37289062)

I've experienced something like this. I thought I was awake and was indeed walking around, but my sense of history (what had been going on recently) and location (where I was) where set by a dream I was having. Due to the circumstances of a dream I was having, I thought I was in a different room and, when I tried to exit, couldn't find the door. I began to panic (since the door "should have been" right where I was) and called out for help. Once the light was turned on, I woke up entirely and realized what had happened. (I had walked into my closet instead of to my door since the room I was dreaming I was in had a different layout.)

Just last night, my son did a similar thing. He woke up, went to the bathroom and then walked over to the couch and sat down. His eyes were open and he seemed awake. He was even able to talk to us to some degree but couldn't answer why he went to the couch. I tried to guide him back to his bed only for him to head to the bathroom and then back to the couch. Finally, I picked him up and carried him to his bed where he fell asleep. The next morning, he had no recollection of walking around.

Re:Reminds Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289352)

Hehe, this is interesting to me as I've had similar experiences. My 7 year old son is diabetic and so I have to check his blood sugar levels at night, and if he's low I have to wake him enough to get him to eat something. It's interesting because he wakes up enough to eat, but not enough to really function. His eyes will sometimes be open, and he eats the cracker or cookie or whatever I give him, we can have some level of conversation, but he has no recollection of any of it the next morning.

When we talk I can ask him some basic questions like his name, which he answers. I've also tried asking him basic math questions - stuff that is so trivial that it comes naturally, like "what's 1+1?" he either answers verbally or by a show of fingers if his mouth is full. Anything that requires just a little bit more thought, though, he won't answer. If I ask, "what's 16+17?" - something he can do in his mind when he's awake, but with a little thinking - he simply doesn't answer. He doesn't get it wrong or show any sign of trying to figure it out, he just doesn't respond at all. Similarly, if I ask him questions about what we did yesterday, or the names of his cousins, he doesn't respond at all. If I ask him to tell me the names of his siblings, then he can often do that. It's weird because it's like some part of his brain is awake enough to talk to me and answer questions, but only as long as the answers don't require him to dig much through his memory or use some other parts of his brain that are still asleep.

Re:Reminds Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37290558)

My SO has told me that I will occasionally speak in my sleep... it's only semi-coherent according to her...

I've sleep walked once in my life and let me tell you, it was FRIGHTENING to wake up... I am not the type to be groggy when waking up, stumbling to the bathroom etc, typically when I wake up it's: BAM! I'm awake... I was on a business trip... apparently in the middle of the night I got up, left my room, and ended up walking to the other side of the hotel. When I "woke up" I found myself standing in a stairwell in my underwear... I knew I was at the hotel, but didn't know where in the hotel I was, I had no recollection of leaving the room or walking there (which required opening 2-3 doors, taking multiple turns and going down a few steps)... obviously no key card to get back in the room which was really freaking embarrassing to walk into the lobby at 5AM with people waiting for cabs... thank god I wear boxers...

It has never happened to me again, and to this day when traveling to that hotel I get nervous at night and push a chair in front of the door just in case...

Re:Reminds Me... (1)

TheGreatGraySkwid (553871) | about 3 years ago | (#37290632)

Well, it's a well documented phenomenon in birds and aquatic mammals. They're actually able to let half their brain sleep [straightdope.com] at a time, while the other half remains alert to look for predators and handle other important functions.

Re:Reminds Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289080)

Turns out that's false.

Neurology has moved past quaint 19th century thinking.

Re:Reminds Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289690)

That is a great book. My college professor made us read that book in fine arts. The big thing it pushes and people dont get is to not draw what you think it should look like, but what it really looks like. Sounds simple, but its very hard to turn off your brain telling you "no no it cant look like that because its round!"

Re:Reminds Me... (1)

Genrou (600910) | about 3 years ago | (#37289824)

Reminds me of the excellent art book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" - which talks about how we have to turn off some of the analytical features of our mind to become better artists.

I have this book. When I was trying to learn to draw, I used to read it every day. The author describes a kind of a "zen state of mind", where you lose your ability to think rationally and even talk. I spent a lot of time trying to achieve this state of mind. Never could. There are parts of this book that makes sense: the way you described, for example, that what we know about the world affects how we interpret what we see. But that magical state where you turn into a fantastic drawer, like the pictures shown in the book, I don't think make a lot of sense. In fact, today we know that you cannot dissociate left and right sides of the brain when interpreting or imagining images.

The book, however, helped me with the section that was called, I think, "letting the left side help", where the author describes how to measure and stablish proportions. Turns out, however, that this is not related to left or right side of the brain: any book on drawing I read later had the exact same techniques. I learned how to draw using them, and turns out that what you need is actually a lot of practice and knowledge. She presents a nice technique for copying pictures and nothing else. In the time I got more knowledge about sciences, all that book said sounded incredibly pseudo-scientific to me.

Re:Reminds Me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37290814)

I have that book, and it's an instant-wow.

A simple way to describe "how to draw" is, instead of looking at an image logically (squares, circles, lines) you look at the negative space (distances between the squares, circles and lines) you do really instantly go from drawing like a 2 year old to something that is reasonably good in a very short span of time.

So in regards to the Sleepwalking artist (which there are articles going back to 2008 of,) in all likliness he's completely or mostly operating on the other side of the brain, and "drawing" something he's "seeing" while asleep.

From a personal POV, all the extreneky graphic nightmares and dreams I get are usually a result of consumption of food shortly before going to bed, and I've woken up exhausted, and felt like I've been somewhere else for hours, even if I've been asleep for 30 minutes. But I've never actually sleepwalked anything.

The missing question here is how come he can find art tools in his sleep? Are his eyes actually open? What about other sleep walkers?

Stinks. (1)

BadPirate (1572721) | about 3 years ago | (#37288398)

Smells like a hoax to generate interest in otherwise unremarkable artwork to me.

Selling for 6 figures but doesn't want career? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288476)

Sometime is not right in Denmark.

This guy's work is selling for 6 figure pounds but he 'doesn't want to make art a career'. Hype machine in maximum overdrive.

Re:Selling for 6 figures but doesn't want career? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288880)

Perhaps he's afraid of the taxes http://dresdencodak.com/2006/10/07/summer-dream-job/ [dresdencodak.com]

Can't believe it's not been said, but... (4, Funny)

Cerium (948827) | about 3 years ago | (#37288504)

Looks like he finally got his dream job!

Hahahahaha! Ahh... sorry.

Re:Can't believe it's not been said, but... (1)

schlachter (862210) | about 3 years ago | (#37289480)

His dream job and he doesn't even enjoy it. Isn't that how if often goes?

Re:Can't believe it's not been said, but... (1)

FranktehReaver (2441748) | about 3 years ago | (#37289638)

Looks like he finally got his dream job! Que CSI Miami intro song....

I can see where this is coming from (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37288560)

I have these intensely detailed, vivid and beautiful dreams of absolutely PERFECTLY reproduced memories of my hometown, and I have also messed around with them (in one dream there was this extensive, complex railway system built around the river bay). The problem is I can't draw for shit, and this dream visual sense just doesn't translate into real visualization skills. :/

Video is blocked, btw.

Re:I can see where this is coming from (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 3 years ago | (#37290436)

I too have been many times amazed how detailed and realistic dream stories the brain can generate from scratch. One helluva piece of hardware.

If they don't know what stage of sleep he's in. (1)

brainproxy (654715) | about 3 years ago | (#37288582)

How do they know he's asleep?

Fairies and Gnomes. (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 3 years ago | (#37288614)

Them's what done it.

Seaweed and dead fish, and floating corpses (1)

buback (144189) | about 3 years ago | (#37288682)

I think this is a sign that Cthulhu is coming. maybe the Mayans were right about 2012.

Working while sleeping (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about 3 years ago | (#37288742)

He is not the only guy I know who sleeps at work....

--
Jokes aside, wouldn't it be great to be able to do useful stuff while asleep? Oohhh, how much sleep could be had....

Ah, so I must have been sleep-coding. (1)

on_the_gls (1371227) | about 3 years ago | (#37289572)

Hmm...it all makes sense now. When I look at some code that I know I had to have written and say, 'What was I thinking?'. Now I know it must have been sleep-coding and my alter ego must have taken the reigns.

future (1)

Luyseyal (3154) | about 3 years ago | (#37288940)

Let's just hope he doesn't try to paint the future!

-l

/Heroes
//Season 1 FTW

This is very possible in complex NREM parasomnias (1)

gust0208 (968926) | about 3 years ago | (#37288976)

I am a sleep physician and highly complex behaviors are commonly seen in NREM parasomnias (i.e. sleep walking). The idea in the article about "doctors are mystified" and "don't know what sleep stage this is occuring" seems highly suspect. With common place polysomnogram testing, sleep staging can be easily captured. I do believe that he may be having complex NREM parasomnias, but highly doubt that this is any sort of medical mystery, and does lend some credence that this is a "gimmick" for this artist.

Fr1st stop (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289004)

National mgay nigger Baby take my

Re:Fr1st stop (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 3 years ago | (#37290464)

This guy can post marvelous Slashdot comments while sleeping, but when he's awake, it becomes like that.

No way it *isn't* fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37289172)

Doctors at the Edinburgh Sleep Center can't even determine what stage of sleep Hadwin is in when his creative impulses kick in.

You could, you know, use your machines.

Living Proof (1)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | about 3 years ago | (#37289370)

That Art Is Dead.

maybe he's on nonbenzodiazepines (1)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | about 3 years ago | (#37289388)

At least he's productive -- http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/14344 [yourlawyer.com]

I remember a movie about an alien spaceship that is forced to land in a small town and gets the populous to repair it in their sleep. They were all very productive, much more than in their day jobs. One person couldn't be used because he had a metal plate in his head. Anyone remember the name of it?

Re:maybe he's on nonbenzodiazepines (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | about 3 years ago | (#37289422)

There was a Stargate episode where the populace of a town is compelled to construct a spaceship while 'asleep'.

Re:maybe he's on nonbenzodiazepines (1)

FranktehReaver (2441748) | about 3 years ago | (#37289570)

I once ate a giant marshmallow in my sleep to find when I awoke my pillow was gone. Turns out it fell behind my bed.

Re:maybe he's on nonbenzodiazepines (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | about 3 years ago | (#37289428)

Tommyknockers.

Some of the details in your summary were incorrect, by the way.

Explanation (1)

Jodka (520060) | about 3 years ago | (#37289468)

Despite numerous tests, doctors can't explain how he's able to draw and paint while he's not conscious, or even what stage of sleep he's in while he works.

Perhaps he is in fact drawing while awake and we are all a dream he experiences when he is asleep.

(Queue eerie music and scary flying door.)

Re:Explanation (1)

Jodka (520060) | about 3 years ago | (#37289484)

"Cue" not "Queue".

(Oh I am so embarrassed.)

Is his sleep restful then? (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | about 3 years ago | (#37289508)

Is he enjoying the benefits of sleep as well, although he remains productive during the sleep period? Presumably he doesn't spend the entire time drawing, but how restful is his sleep exactly, and how long does he feel he needs to sleep to remain productive during the day?

As a blackout drunk, I can relate (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37289514)

Substitute "blackout" for "sleeping" and "fighting" for "painting" and he and I are totally in the same shoes.

My sleep talent (1)

sheehaje (240093) | about 3 years ago | (#37290094)

The only thing I do in my sleep usually wakes up my wife and leaves the sheets a mess.

wtf (1)

TeRanEX (916440) | about 3 years ago | (#37290250)

"Oops! Video Blocked. This video can not be viewed due to your location. For other videos please visit [this-crap-site.com]" WTF??

Coincidence? (1)

bughunter (10093) | about 3 years ago | (#37290536)

That's funny. I become a Fartiste when I sleeps.

Video without restrictions (but maybe should have) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37290596)

Video available for all...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXdzgNBqf5c
Warning, he apparently sleeps naked...

I saw this.... (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | about 3 years ago | (#37290604)

I saw this episode of Heroes, where the psychic painter transfers his dream state painting skills to the other guy.......hey ...wait a minute....!

Isaac Mendez (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 3 years ago | (#37290696)

This sounds familiar [wikipedia.org] . Let's just hope he doesn't fall asleep and paint the world ending.
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