Two university art professors are determined to bring a classic 19th-century device back into use.
For those of you who have no idea what a camera lucida is, you’re not alone. The quick version is this: A camera lucida is basically a prism on a stick that allows artists to trace what they see. The device superimposes a subject onto a piece of paper, allowing artists to simultaneously see their hand and their subject, which helps them to create a hyper-accurate sketch of what they’re looking at. Created in 1807, the drawing tool was popular throughout the early 19th century with artists, architects, scientists or anyone who needed to draw a life-like image. Then photography came along. Though the camera lucida was still a well-functioning device, it was relegated to an industrial tool and fell out of use…
Until today. Garcia and Levin’s NeoLucida Kickstarter campaign finished recently, surpassing its $15,000 goal. In fact, they raised nearly 30 times the funding they had originally asked for, meaning thousands of people will soon have their very own NeoLucida to draw with.