New Lucida Camera Reworks Centuries-Old Artist Secret That Lets Users Draw What They See – Colossal

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#drawing #drawing machines #Pablo Garcia

Ten years after Pablo Garcia released the NeoLucida, a modern iteration of a centuries-old drawing tool, the Chicago-based artist and designer has a new model. The NeoLucida Plus works the same way as the original tabletop device: just look through the small eyepiece and see a shadow image superimposed on the surface below.

Lucida cameras appeared in the early 19th century and today most vintage models are sold at high prices. To use the device, performers look through a small prism that creates a ghost reflection of the scene directly in front of them. Rather than relying on freehand sketches, the aid allowed users to trace an image and easily create precise and proportioned designs.

Garcia’s new model features a redesigned prism that produces a brighter image, with an integrated shading lens and aperture control to adjust the light. The NeoLucida Plus is currently being funded on Kickstarter, and the rewards are going fast.

All images © Pablo Garcia, shared with permission

A gif of a small black device with panels opening and closing to widen an opening

A person looks through a small black device with a central lens

A gif of a small black device with a panel that opens and closes to darken a lens

#drawing #drawing machines #Pablo Garcia

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