More About the Camera Lucida
The camera lucida is a classic drawing tool that has been used by artists for centuries.
(see the history section).
When you look through the view hole it uses optical mirrors to reflect a right-side-up transparent “ghost” image of the scene in front of you down onto your canvas or paper, so all an artist or art enthusiast needs to do is draw over the reflected image to get correct perspective, foreshortening, proportion, position, overlap, shape. Leaving you more time to develop your art the way you want it without being frustrated by the technical elements.
Camera Lucida for paintings
For paintings you do not have to start with a pencil sketch, you can also do an underpainting right over the reflected image with oils, acrylics or water paints. And you can reflect the image onto white or dark paper or canvas or anything else you want to: dishes, crafts, rocks, t-shirts, sculpting. Camera Lucida are the best way to accomplish this.
You may be asking: “besides the cost, what if 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 inches, while the LUCY camera lucida has a image of 15×20 inches, which is still large, just not as large as the LUCID-Art camera lucida.
Along with the size of the image, the LUCID-Art camera lucida 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 the LUCY.
The LUCID-Art camera lucida is also just a little 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.
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.