NeoLucida: a 19th-Century Optical Drawing Tool Updated for the 21st Century


Fri, May 10th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Camera Lucida was a 19th-century drawing device to help artists draw. The device worked by making "an optical superimposition of the subject being viewed upon the surface upon which the artist is drawing." Jump to the 21st-century and a KickStarter project and you get the NeoLucida, a modern, ultra-portable device that let's you draw what appears superimposed on the paper in front of you.

The NeoLucida is a drawing aid that allows you to trace what you see. Our device is the first portable, authentic camera lucida to be manufactured in nearly a century — but we like to think of it as a disruption to widespread assumptions about art-making and art history. Our design is lightweight (9oz., or 0.25kg), sturdy, compact enough to fit in a handbag, highly adjustable, totally non-electronic, and released with a liberal open-source hardware license. It's also the least-expensive camera lucida ever manufactured. If you enjoy drawing from life, or if you're interested in experiencing for yourself how the Old Masters could possibly have created such accurate, lifelike drawings — then the NeoLucida is for you.



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