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This article is from May 29, 2013, and is no longer current.

Draw What You See With the NeoLucida

Over 200 years ago, artists who wanted to create lifelike drawings used optical tools like the Camera Lucida that enabled them to trace what they saw. Eventually the devices became rare, and today the only place you can get one is on Ebay (for several hundred dollars).

But now two art professors, Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin, have created a Kickstarter project to create a 21st Century version of the Camera Lucida called the NeoLucida, and make it cheap enough that anyone could afford one. 

Basically the device is a prism on a stick. You look through the prism to see a projected image on paper that you can trace.




With a NeoLucida you can develop your drawing skills and get an appreciation for how the old masters may have worked to create lifelike works of art. Unfortunately, you might have to wait a while to get your hands on a NeoLucida. The Kickstarter project has been such a hit, that the entire initial product run is sold out. However, NeoLucidas will be available in 2014 through the project’s commercial partners, and if you want to try your hand at building your own NeoLucida, you can still sponsor the project and get 2 prisms plus instructions for just $12.

For more info on the project, check out the video below and Neolucida.com



Thanks, John Nack


Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.