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I learned to draw comic book characters by putting a sheet of paper over the lines and drawing over them until I could do it without the lines underneath.
Every so often in art class instructor would take my hand and guide it to let me feel the proper motions. heck my mother did that with me when I was a baby to help me develop drawing circles from squiggles.
While the Elephant is being trained, is that really so different from a human being trained? Granted its not the Elephant sitting down and saying "You know what, I want to paint me some happy little trees today! I see some trees, Im going to paint those!" However she very much is putting paint brush to paper and painting a picture.
After Void(null) left there was basically no point anymore...
I would liken the elephant more to trained in the sense of how a computer program is being "trained" to create something. He doesn't understand any of it, he just does as he is instructed. He doesn't create, he recreates, which is the difference between an artist and somebody who just copies stuff with no insight in the process or even in the result.
I'm afraid the teaching methods for animals performing such tricks quite often relies on punishment.. I do hope the elephant is being treated well.
What's amazing is that he is painting that with the brush stuck in his nose... let's see Picasso or Void's wife try that!
It's a bit different than sticking a brush up his nose....
The proboscis, or trunk, is a fusion of the nose and upper lip, elongated and specialized to become the elephant's most important and versatile appendage. African elephants are equipped with two fingerlike projections at the tip of their trunk, while Asians have only one. The elephant's trunk is sensitive enough to pick up a single blade of grass, yet strong enough to rip the branches off a tree.
It's the elephants "only" arm. :/ (4 legs and an arm/nose/lip)