Lucida Dreams Come True: Kickstart a 21st-Century Version of a 19th-Century Optical Drawing Aid – Core77.

Oh man. All 2500 sold out. I was going to take care of all my Christmas shopping in one fell swoop. Oh well. I’ll see if the open source instructions work for me.

Read all about the camera lucida, a 19th-century drawing aid.

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Crayola Light Marker for iPad lets you ‘paint in the air’ for $29.99 | The Verge.

This is ridiculous on several levels. Here are two.

#1: The pen is (probably) an infrared LED and can be made for $5.

#2: Why is it better to draw on an iPad while swinging your hand in the air?

Markers on paper are fun. And they’re especially fun for young kids who are just getting started with drawing. Putting your hands on a pen and making it move on paper is an invaluable experience–a necessary one, in fact. The brain learns by drawing, and the tangible part of drawing is crucial to that learning. An air pen is no better than an air guitar. Maybe fun for a few minutes, but ultimately a waste of time and a dissatisfying experience.

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I can’t get enough of random generators that seem to have intentionality. Here are faces generated in javascript that resemble the kind of faces the artist actually draws.

Weird Faces Study.

via Boing Boing

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