More About the Camera Lucida
The LUCID-Art and LUCY are much improved versions of the classic camera lucida drawing tool, which has been used by artists and old Masters for centuries. (see the history section).
Our camera lucidas retain all the magic of this classic device, while offering all the solutions with a larger, more stable and brighter image. You can even adjust the brightness of the image as needed. This will transform the camera Lucida from a neat device of the past into an indispensable art tool for today.
When you look through the camera lucida’s view hole, optical mirrors create a transparent “ghost” image of the scene in front of you reflected down onto your canvas or paper. Just draw or paint over the reflected image to get the correct perspective, foreshortening, proportion, position, overlap, shape. Thus, leaving you more time to develop your art the way you want it without being frustrated by the technical elements.
Learn more about how the camera lucida works, and how our innovations made the camera lucida better with the navigation menu on the left.
LUCID-Art vs. LUCY
You may be asking: “besides that cost, what is the difference between your two camera lucidas?” Well, the biggest difference is the size of the image. The LUCID-Art camera lucida’s image goes up to 20×37 in, while the LUCY camera Lucida has an image of 15×20 in, which is still large, just not as large as the LUCID-Art camera lucida. See the graph….
Along with the size of the image, the LUCID-Art also has a larger magnification when enlarging photos with the photo projector: up to 4x enlargement for the LUCID-Art and 2.5x enlargement for LUCY.
The LUCID-Art is also just nicer in all aspects as you might expect from the cost difference and the way they look. One specific feature that adds to the LUCID-Art is that the height of the image is adjustable, which is helpful for sizing images and helps you stand or sit more comfortably while drawing.
Both camera lucidas are built in the USA with quality materials. The LUCID-Art is made with strong lightweight aluminum alloy with a powder coated finish. The LUCY is made with stainless steel and fiberglass-infused polycarbonate. All the mirrors and optical filters are shatter-proof acrylic glass.
One other thing is that with the LUCID-Art camera lucida you have the option to get a drawing board with a tripod mount that makes working out in the field easy.
The LUCID-Art’s drawing board turns your standard camera tripod into an easel and has a special connecting point that is designed to attach to your LUCID-Art camera lucida. (tripod not included)
Drawing board measures 16″x 20″ (40.5cm x 50.5cm) and is made of hardboard surface with steel base.
So the LUCY camera lucida is good for most people, but if you want the very best, or you need the larger image or drawing board—get the LUCID-Art camera lucida.