Artists Trace Real Life With On-The-Go Camera Lucida

The NeoLucida is a lightweight and adjustable drawing aid.

The NeoLucida is a 19th century optical drawing aid that has been updated for the 21st century. The Camera Lucida enables artists to trace from real-life, and this is the first portable version to be manufactured in almost a century and the lowest-cost commercial version ever designed.

The lightweight and sturdy device allows you to trace what you see and is highly adjustable. The makers, Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin, want to make the device widely available to students, artists, architects, and anyone who loves to draw from life.

Portable Camera Lucida Lets Artists Trace From Real Life

The “prism-on-a-stick” is hand-assembled in Pittsburgh. It is manufactured using a silvered prism, optimized for optical clarity, encased in a custom anodized aluminum mount. The prism is supported by a highly adjustable gooseneck arm and a sturdy metal clamp.

To use the drawing aid, simply clamp your NeoLucida to a table or drawing board, place your subject in front with your paper on the table below the prism, and then look down into the prism to start drawing.

Portable Camera Lucida Lets Artists Trace From Real Life

The NeoLucida raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter, which was a lot more than it’s $15,000 goal. All NeoLucidas have now been reserved and they won’t be organizing additional production runs during the campaign, but the device will be available from commercial partners in 2014. Check out the video below to learn more: