Just when you think ideas for developing camera apps have exhausted out…along comes a guy name Pete. Who comes up with an idea of mixing traditional artistry and mobile devices. Camera Lucida paves the way in mixing both worlds masterfully and beautifully. Pete did a great job on explaining how the app operates and offers video tutorials on ow to use this app on the iPhone and iPad. If you still love being a traditional artist and using mobile devices, this hybrid combination is for you. I also wanted to add Carolyn Hall Young for mentioning this app in an iColorama group discussion on Facebook.
Press Release: Gibbs Studios Releases Camera Lucida V7.0
Camera Lucida is a unique iPhone and iPad app. While there are hundreds of apps that allow you to make digital drawings, Camera Lucida is different. Since first being released in 2010, it has remained the only iOS application designed to help traditional artists create art with the use of natural media such as pencils, charcoal or paint.
A modern alternative to a traditional drawing tool:
Employing the same principals of function as the ancient drawing tool of the same name, Camera Lucida enables an artist to see both their subject and their drawing surface at the same time superimposed upon one another as ghost images. Even the most novice artist can now achieve unprecedented accuracy in proportion, perspective and shading.
The traditional camera lucida is a small device comprised of either silvered mirrors or a prism. When looking through the view-piece, the artist is able to see both their subject and their drawing surface at the same time. Similarly, the Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad app uses the built in high resolution camera and LCD screen to perform the same function. By selecting and image and placing your iPhone/iPad over your drawing surface, the artist is able to both their subject and drawing surface at the same time.
Improving on the original idea:
The traditional camera lucida was first patented in 1807. Since then there have been refinements in the optics used, but the device has essentially remained unchanged. The Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad, on the other hand is a state of the art 21st century version that has these significant advantages:
1. The price, at $4.99, is a fraction of the cost of a traditional device and universal iPhone/iPad app.
2. The ability to work off a static image allows you to pause your drawing and to continue at any time.
3. The ability to zoom and crop your image gives you more artistic freedom.
4. The screen of the iPhone or iPad is many times the size of a small prism or mirror and its view doesn’t change depending upon the position of your head.
5. The amount of transparency between your subject and your drawing surface is completely adjustable.
6. The digital zoom features allow you to zoom in on both your drawing surface and the subject; up to 30x. Once zoomed in, you can pan around your image and drawing surface as you like.
7. The app comes loaded with image processing functions designed with the artist in mind. For example the user can break an image down into shades of grey and work on just one shade at a time. There are over a dozen artistic filters you can apply aimed at everyone from sketch artists to water colorists.
Not Just For Traditional Artists:
Like any artist’s tool, a little out of the box thinking often leads to creative and unexpected results. Sarah Trefny, an extraordinary cookie decorator has recently taken to using the Camera Lucida app on her iPad to decorate cookies…click here.
About the Author and Developer:
Camera Lucida was written and developed by Peter Moeykens for Gibbs Studios, an award winning design and photography company located in Claremont, NH USA.
*Sample drawings done by Cody Handlin, used with permission.*
Video demo tutorial with using the iPad.
Tips: Pete’s helpful tips on using your Camera Lucida iPhone App
1. Make sure your drawing surface is well lit. The iPhone’s camera works best in bright indirect light.
2. Zoom in so that your photograph fills as much as the iPhone’s screen as possible. The iPhone has a small LCD, so make every pixel count.
3. Play with the transparency to find the balance that works best for your subject and your drawing surface.
4. Experiment with different colored paper. Try drawing with white charcoal on black paper… the results are amazing!
5. Contact us with your ideas! The application has a ton of potential for growth and we’d love to hear your thoughts.
6. Share your work! We’ll be setting up a Flickr group soon, but in the meantime, feel free to email us photos of your work!
7. Check out these posts to see the application in action: Mac Rumors and Deuy’s Drawings
The cheapest, simplest and best Camera Lucida stand: “CLICK HERE” If you have any questions about this blog please contact Peter Moeykens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another great artist you should check out and uses this app a lot is Carolyn Hall Young because she brought this app to my attention. Have a great day and I leave you with another drawing demo below.
Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing, a group on Flickr.