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"I am an artist. Always have been, always will be." Francis Tsai, illustrator and concept artist, living with ALS.
bear1na:

Art using eye-gaze technology for “Eyespeak” kickstarter project by Francis TsaiFrancis says:My name is Francis Tsai and I am an artist currently living with my wife Linda in Austin Texas.  Most of my work has been in the video game industry, but I have also done work for comic book publishers and film and TV design and have authored 2 art illustration books. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS which is a degenerative neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure.  It typically leads to total paralysis and eventually death from respiratory failure.  I chose to have a tracheostomy early in 2012 for assisted breathing; however, in doing so, I lost my ability to speak. In the fall of 2012, with the help of a technically savvy friend I was able to obtain a custom-built computer setup controlled via eye gaze.  I now rely 100% on the eye gaze setup to communicate.  If I am not in front of my computer, then my only option for communicating is by blinking my eyes. I spend roughly half of the day away from my computer as part of my daily routine to get up and ready for the day and then washed and ready for bed at the end of the day. LusoVU’s project to enable eye controlled communication via a wearable device will make a dramatic difference in my daily life. I will no longer have apprehension about my inability to communicate with others while I am in bed, in the bathroom, or away from home. Not being able to communicate is a powerless feeling but being able to wear my communication device wherever I am brings the power back to me. I hope that you will consider supporting this very important project that can help people like me and others with similar paralysis live better lives and communicate freely without bounds again.
For more information - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886924859/eyespeak-beyond-communication
bear1na:

Art using eye-gaze technology for “Eyespeak” kickstarter project by Francis TsaiFrancis says:My name is Francis Tsai and I am an artist currently living with my wife Linda in Austin Texas.  Most of my work has been in the video game industry, but I have also done work for comic book publishers and film and TV design and have authored 2 art illustration books. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS which is a degenerative neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure.  It typically leads to total paralysis and eventually death from respiratory failure.  I chose to have a tracheostomy early in 2012 for assisted breathing; however, in doing so, I lost my ability to speak. In the fall of 2012, with the help of a technically savvy friend I was able to obtain a custom-built computer setup controlled via eye gaze.  I now rely 100% on the eye gaze setup to communicate.  If I am not in front of my computer, then my only option for communicating is by blinking my eyes. I spend roughly half of the day away from my computer as part of my daily routine to get up and ready for the day and then washed and ready for bed at the end of the day. LusoVU’s project to enable eye controlled communication via a wearable device will make a dramatic difference in my daily life. I will no longer have apprehension about my inability to communicate with others while I am in bed, in the bathroom, or away from home. Not being able to communicate is a powerless feeling but being able to wear my communication device wherever I am brings the power back to me. I hope that you will consider supporting this very important project that can help people like me and others with similar paralysis live better lives and communicate freely without bounds again.
For more information - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886924859/eyespeak-beyond-communication

bear1na:

Art using eye-gaze technology for “Eyespeak” kickstarter project by Francis Tsai

Francis says:My name is Francis Tsai and I am an artist currently living with my wife Linda in Austin Texas.  Most of my work has been in the video game industry, but I have also done work for comic book publishers and film and TV design and have authored 2 art illustration books. In 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS which is a degenerative neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure.  It typically leads to total paralysis and eventually death from respiratory failure.  I chose to have a tracheostomy early in 2012 for assisted breathing; however, in doing so, I lost my ability to speak. In the fall of 2012, with the help of a technically savvy friend I was able to obtain a custom-built computer setup controlled via eye gaze.  I now rely 100% on the eye gaze setup to communicate.  If I am not in front of my computer, then my only option for communicating is by blinking my eyes. I spend roughly half of the day away from my computer as part of my daily routine to get up and ready for the day and then washed and ready for bed at the end of the day. LusoVU’s project to enable eye controlled communication via a wearable device will make a dramatic difference in my daily life. I will no longer have apprehension about my inability to communicate with others while I am in bed, in the bathroom, or away from home. Not being able to communicate is a powerless feeling but being able to wear my communication device wherever I am brings the power back to me. I hope that you will consider supporting this very important project that can help people like me and others with similar paralysis live better lives and communicate freely without bounds again.

For more information - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886924859/eyespeak-beyond-communication

New artwork from Francis Tsai.  Exclusive for the new EyeSpeak kickstarter campaign.  Support if you can!
New artwork from Francis Tsai.  Exclusive for the new EyeSpeak kickstarter campaign.  Support if you can!

New artwork from Francis Tsai. Exclusive for the new EyeSpeak kickstarter campaign. Support if you can!

Francis’ latest!
Francis’ latest!

Francis’ latest!

Need inspiration?  Watch this Ted Talk “Fruits of Adversity” given by Derick Tsai (no relation) on finding his inspiration and not giving up!  He includes Francis Tsai as part of his motivation.  
Need inspiration?  Watch this Ted Talk “Fruits of Adversity” given by Derick Tsai (no relation) on finding his inspiration and not giving up!  He includes Francis Tsai as part of his motivation.  

Need inspiration?  Watch this Ted Talk “Fruits of Adversity” given by Derick Tsai (no relation) on finding his inspiration and not giving up!  He includes Francis Tsai as part of his motivation.  

Wolverine drawn by Francis Tsai using only eye gaze technology!
Francis Tsai Facebook PageFrancis Tsai InstagramFrancis Tsai Gallery Store
Wolverine drawn by Francis Tsai using only eye gaze technology!
Francis Tsai Facebook PageFrancis Tsai InstagramFrancis Tsai Gallery Store

Wolverine drawn by Francis Tsai using only eye gaze technology!

Francis Tsai Facebook Page
Francis Tsai Instagram
Francis Tsai Gallery Store

Old School Iron Man - Mark 1.5.  
Drawn using eye gaze technology only by Francis Tsai.  

Francis Tsai Facebook PageFrancis Tsai InstagramFrancis Tsai Gallery Store
Old School Iron Man - Mark 1.5.  
Drawn using eye gaze technology only by Francis Tsai.  

Francis Tsai Facebook PageFrancis Tsai InstagramFrancis Tsai Gallery Store

Old School Iron Man - Mark 1.5.  

Drawn using eye gaze technology only by Francis Tsai.  

Francis Tsai Facebook Page
Francis Tsai Instagram
Francis Tsai Gallery Store

A travel sketch from the Yucutan in 1993
Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design Facebook PageFrancis Tsai Gallery StoreFrancis Tsai TumblrFrancis Tsai Instagram
A travel sketch from the Yucutan in 1993
Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design Facebook PageFrancis Tsai Gallery StoreFrancis Tsai TumblrFrancis Tsai Instagram
Francis Tsai will be featured in the Sunday edition of the Austin American Statesman this Sunday, November 3 by reporter Omar Gallaga!  The profile will be in both the print and digital versions.  
The Linkdown by Omar
Francis Tsai will be featured in the Sunday edition of the Austin American Statesman this Sunday, November 3 by reporter Omar Gallaga!  The profile will be in both the print and digital versions.  
The Linkdown by Omar

Francis Tsai will be featured in the Sunday edition of the Austin American Statesman this Sunday, November 3 by reporter Omar Gallaga!  The profile will be in both the print and digital versions.  

The Linkdown by Omar

Element 6 by Francis Tsai from his book Extreme Worlds.  
Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Art FacebookFrancis Tsai Gallery Store
Element 6 by Francis Tsai from his book Extreme Worlds.  
Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Art FacebookFrancis Tsai Gallery Store

Element 6 by Francis Tsai from his book Extreme Worlds.  

Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Art Facebook
Francis Tsai Gallery Store