Film Friday: 98 Year Old, Partially Blind Man Creates Masterpieces in Microsoft Paint

“I jumped up out of bed and went to the computer to see if I could do what I dreamed I could do.” This quote is taken from the first few lines of a powerful, heartwarming, short film titled “The Pixel Painter”, which focuses around Hal Lasko, a ninety-eight year old partially blind man that uses Microsoft Paint to create masterpieces one pixel at a time.

Lasko, better known as Grandpa, originally started as a graphic designer and typographer back when everything was completed by hand. He worked on projects for companies such as General Tire, Goodyear, and The Cleveland Browns. He also created many interesting typefaces in addition to creating maps during World War II.  Lasko was recently diagnosed with wet macular degeneration which causes blindness in the center of the visual field. Art and design remains a huge part of Lasko’s life so when he started to lose his eyesight, he became devastated. “When I lost my eye sight, I thought my painting days were over,” Lasko states. Thankfully for him, modern day technology allows him to keep his passion alive.

The Work of Hal Lasko

“We got grandpa a computer probably fifteen years ago. I knew I had to show him Microsoft Paint, and once I did, he took off with it. It wasn’t until years later that we realized how important this thing was to him,” states Ryan Lasko, grandson of Hal Lasko and director of the film. With the help of the zooming feature, Hal now spends up to ten hours a day creating masterpieces one pixel at a time. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art. Be sure to scroll down to check out some of his fantastic work which is available for purchase on his website.

Hal Lasko Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko Pixel Painter

Film Credits

Director: Josh Bogdan 
Director: Ryan Lasko
Editor/Writer: Josh Bogdan
Director of Photography: Topaz Adizes 
Original Music: Jarrod Pedone
Original Music: Tyler H. Brown 

All artwork images used in this article are the exclusive property of Harold Lasko. All rights reserved. 

 

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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