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The New ‘NeoLucida XL’ Camera Lucida Makes it Easier to Trace What You See

The New ‘NeoLucida XL’ Camera Lucida Makes it Easier to Trace What You See

April 29, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Artist and SAIC professor Pablo Garcia (previously) has added an update to his previous take on the two century old Camera Lucida, an optical device that allows you to trace images and scenes directly from life. The new version, NeoLucida XL, is similar to its predecessor, however with a much larger viewfinder. The prism inside the updated analog device remains the same size, while the larger mirror and glass make it much easier to draw the projected “ghost image.” More



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A Life-Size Graphite Skeleton that Vibrates to Draw Itself into Nothingness

A Life-Size Graphite Skeleton that Vibrates to Draw Itself into Nothingness

Nov.1.16

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Kate

Unlike the human body which is composed of only 18% carbon, Agelio Batle‘s latest project is produced from 100% of the semimetal material. The work, titled Ash Dancer, is a life-size skeleton that acts like a very large pencil. When placed on a custom made high-frequency vibrating table, the bones of the skeleton rub marks onto the surface, slowly creating an outline of its own form. The more the work rubs against the table, the more of itself is left behind, slowly transforming the graphite from sculpture to abstract drawings which Batle refers to as Ash Dances. More



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Draw Infinite Geometric Designs With the DuoGraph, a Compact New Drawing Machine by Joe Freedman

Draw Infinite Geometric Designs With the DuoGraph, a Compact New Drawing Machine by Joe Freedman

May.3.16

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Christopher

The DuoGraph is the latest drawing machine from inventor and designer Joe Freedman whose Cycloid Drawing Machine took the internet by storm a few months ago. His elaborate devices are capable of producing amazing geometric patterns akin to a Spirograph on steroids. This new creation is quite a bit simpler to setup and use, relying on 7 gears and a number of parameters that can be changed quickly to produce infinite designs. More



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Crank Out Infinite Geometric Designs With The Wooden Cycloid Drawing Machine

Crank Out Infinite Geometric Designs With The Wooden Cycloid Drawing Machine

Mar.14.16

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Kate

Looking more like a vintage turn table than drawing device, the Cycloid Drawing Machine is inspired by drawing machines from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, long before the invention of the Spirograph. Although these early toys like the harmonograph also produced complex designs, they were limited in scope. The Cycloid Drawing adjusts this previous oversight by utilizing a moving fulcrum and providing several interchangeable gears to make the machine infinitely adjustable. More



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The NeoLucida is the First Portable Camera Lucida to be Manufactured in Nearly a Century

The NeoLucida is the First Portable Camera Lucida to be Manufactured in Nearly a Century

May.8.13

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Christopher

Years before the first photographic print and two centuries before Google Glass, was the Camera Lucida, a clever optical device designed by Sir William Hyde Wollaston that utilized a prism to project an image onto a piece of paper so you can trace it, a method that would transform life-drawing for nearly a century. Have you ever used one or seen for sale? Likely not. Your best chance would be scouring Ebay where antique Camera Lucidas sell for upwards of $300. More



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A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball

Nov.28.12

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Christopher

From the pendulum-based drawing machine by Eske Rex to the art of Tim Knowles who attaches writing implements to trees, I love when the seemingly random lines of chaos (or maybe just physics) are rendered visible using ink or pencil. This latest project titled STYN by Netherlands-based graduate student Sam van Doorn is no exception. Using modified parts from an old pinball machine van Doorn created a one-of-a-kind drawing device that utilizes standard flippers to control a ink-covered sphere that moves across a temporary poster placed on the game surface. More



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Custom Polargraph Drawings

Custom Polargraph Drawings

Sep.21.11

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Christopher

Mechanical drawing madman Sandy Noble (previously) continues to crank out great polargraph drawings, but has taken the artform in two new directions. First you can now order customized polargraph prints directly via Etsy, all you have to do is provide the imagery. And, for the more robotically inclined (ie. hardcore), Noble helps you buy or build one of the devices for endless squiggly drawing fun. More



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3D Drawing Machine

3D Drawing Machine

Sep.11.11

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Christopher

Vision is a rather unique 3D drawing device created by twins Ryan & Trevor Oakes, allowing almost anyone to draw images in perfect perspective using nothing but your eyes and a pen. The device MESSES WITH YOUR BRAIN by using a technique that splits the ocular system, creating two images of the subject, allowing the artist to literally trace one directly onto paper. You really need to watch the video to get a clear idea of how it works, and there’s also some rather touching remarks about the nature of the twins relationship. More



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Time Print Machine

Time Print Machine

Aug.1.11

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Christopher

The Time Print Machine by designer Paul Ferragut uses standard felt-tip pens mounted to a device controlled by custom hardware using openFrameworks to draw pointilist representations of images. The marker stays in contact with the paper for a time period relative to the brightness of the pixel it’s attempting to draw, thus the “bleed” of the marker creates larger spots for darker pixels and smaller ones for lighter. Ferragut further modified the machine to create successive 4-pass CMYK drawings as well. More



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Numerically Controlled Sharpie Drawings

Numerically Controlled Sharpie Drawings

Jul.19.11

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Christopher

These lovely sharpie drawings are a collaboration between Matt W. More (previously) and aarn who turned Matt’s vector drawings into machine language and then fed the instructions to a 3-axis CNC machine wielding a black Sharpie marker that proceeded to draw the prints. Each print from the limited edition is signed and numbered and comes with the Sharpie used to make it. Available in the MWM Graphics Shop. More



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Jesse Houlding’s Magnetic Drawing Machines

Jesse Houlding’s Magnetic Drawing Machines

Jul.12.11

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Christopher

Over the past several years Oakland-based artist Jesse Houlding has created a variety of incredible kinetic drawing devices using magnets and iron fillings. As a series of magnetic components move in various patterns behind the paper, the iron fillings leave a gradual residue that reveals a visual representation of the magnetic field holding them in place. Houlding says that he is interested in the accumulation of marks, specifically how time is evidenced in artwork and the relationship between process and end-results. More

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