May 26, 2013

A retro-modern drawing tool: NeoLucida

Check out this interesting project on Kickstarter:

The what?
The camera lucida.
It’s a prism on a stick! For making realistic drawings!
It used to be everywhere.
A portable version hasn’t been manufactured in generations.
And we’re bringing it back.
Really inexpensively.
For artists and art students everywhere.

Posted by John Nack at 12:23 AM on May 26, 2013


  • Cosmo — 4:33 AM on May 26, 2013

    It can’t be worthwhile, since you don’t need a subscription to use it.

    • Mel Brown — 5:52 AM on May 26, 2013

      Ha! Good observation, Cosmo! Let me add that nowhere did they mention that the buyer would have to remit extra money after the first year, nor that the company would establish a pricing scheme that would require a CPA and a lawyer to interpret.

      Apparently, Kickstarter is not copying Microsoft’s greedy business plan, unlike One Other Company that we all once liked.

      And take note, “One Other Company,” that Kicksarter is already completely sold out of the first run of their new product…

    • Landon — 7:42 PM on May 26, 2013

      LOL, I got a good chuckle out of that Cosmo.

  • han smit — 4:39 AM on May 26, 2013

    very nice initiative!
    Hockney will be happy!

    • John Stevenson — 8:00 AM on May 26, 2013

      “Hockney will be happy!” – only if he has finally learned to draw!!

  • Jorj X McKie — 10:23 PM on May 26, 2013

    My dad was a professional artist and he had one of these and I remember using it when I was a young kid. I sure wish I knew where it was. Long gone…

  • Daf — 9:09 AM on May 29, 2013

    Ha – $415K of $15k goal!!

  • Steve Worthington — 10:31 AM on June 07, 2013

    Have you seen the artist grid cards on Kickstarter?
    A clear plastic credit card sized twist on an old method for quickly and simply measuring complex subjects to be drawn. And a compositional aid for painting. I put it up yesterday.

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