Camera Lucida: An Optical Illusion for Artists: How to Use a Camera Lucida

The Camera Lucida: An Optical Illusion for Artists

A camera lucida is an optical device that allows you to see what you wanted to paint or draw as if reflected on your piece of paper.

With a camera lucida you can draw nearly anything that exists in nature. With these plans you can make one yourself. Originally published as

Camera Lucida: A Device to Help You Draw - Do It Yourself

With a camera lucida you can draw nearly anything that exists in nature. Originally published as

Camera Lucida: An Optical Illusion for Artists: How Does a Camera Lucida Work?

The Camera Lucida: An Optical Illusion for Artists

A camera lucida is an optical device that allows you to see what you wanted to paint or draw as if reflected on your piece of paper.

071 camera lucida - diagram

Camera Lucida: A Device to Help You Draw - Do It Yourself

With a camera lucida you can draw nearly anything that exists in nature.

Selections from Pablo Garcia's personal collection of vintage camera lucidas.

Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin is raising funds for NeoLucida - A Portable Camera Lucida for the Century on Kickstarter! The NeoLucida is a optical drawing tool updated for the century.

This is a thing Ed wants: the NeoLucida, a camera lucida for the 21st century. Shown here is a working prototype, constructed from a combination of mass-manufactured and custom-machined parts.

Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin is raising funds for NeoLucida - A Portable Camera Lucida for the Century on Kickstarter! The NeoLucida is a optical drawing tool updated for the century.

The left photo shows what you see when you look through a camera lucida: the subject reflected onto the paper you're going to use, and your hand when you move it into view. If you move your head while working, your lines and subject won't align (right).

The Camera Lucida: An Optical Illusion for Artists

A camera lucida is an optical device that allows you to see what you wanted to paint or draw as if reflected on your piece of paper.

NeoLucida - A Portable Camera Lucida by Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin / An excellent drawing aid for those pesky studio drawing assignments. Pledge $30 on Kickstarter for yours!

NeoLucida - A Portable Camera Lucida by Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin / An excellent drawing aid for those pesky studio drawing assignments. n Kickstarter

This is it. The number one hurdle to overcome when using the Camera Lucida iPhone app. “How do I hold my iPhone over my drawing?” Here is my simple recipe for putting together a cheap, sturdy and...

The cheapest, simplest and best Camera Lucida stand This is it. The number one hurdle to overcome when using the Camera Lucida iPhone app. “How do I hold my iPhone over my drawing?

Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

Portraits by Pablo, created with an antique camera lucida (c.1900, left), and the NeoLucida (right).

Trace What You See: The NeoLucida is the First Portable Camera Lucida to be Manufactured in Nearly a Century drawing machines drawing device

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