How exciting - I just created my first drawing using my iPad Camera Lucida app!
With regard to my previous blogs – Mega-cool Camera Lucida app for the iPad and Stand back! I'm poised to use my Camera Lucida iPad app! – I just created my first drawing using my iPad Camera Lucida.
First let's look at my setup. Below we see my drawing pad on our breakfast table along with the iPad stand I constructed as described in my previous blog; on the stand we see my iPad:
For the purposes of this first experiment, I simply stood on our front porch and used my iPad to take a picture of the house across the street. Below we see the Camera Lucida app with the transparency set so the image of the house is set to be transparent and we can see this image superimposed on the image of the drawing pad (remember that my previous blog included a video that demonstrated the way in which thsi app is used):
And below we see the same shot, but with the transparency set so all you see on the iPad is the main image (it's useful to be able to return to the main image to refresh your mind with the subtler details):
Last but not least, my final sketch is shown below. Obviously this isn’t a finished piece of work – all I was trying to do was get a feel for using the Camera Lucida app on my iPad:
The end result is that you can generate a perfectly proportioned sketch very quickly indeed. In the videos shown in my previous blogs, the user employs this app from start-to-finish. An alternative approach might be to use the app to quickly lay out the outline, and then finish things off purely by hand.
One thing that's very impressive is the way you can zoom in and out on the iPad and scroll around while the image on the iPad stays synchronized with the image on the paper. This is really difficult to describe, but it's very cleverly done (you have to see it to appreciate it).
And one thing I'm going to change next time is to NOT use the iPad's camera to take the original image (I've got an iPad 2 and the camera is … rubbish). I'm thinking of using my 16 megapixel digital camera to take the original image and email it to my iPad. This way, when I zoom in on the iPad, I'll still see some useful details rather than the pixelated image you see if you use the iPad to take the photo.
So now I have two more experiments planned for this coming weekend. First, I'm going to sit on our front porch and sketch the neighbors' house purely by hand to see how well my hand-sketch compares (proportion-wise) to the iPad version. I'm also eager to take a high-res photo of something I actually want to sketch (I know of an old silo nearby that's rather picturesque) and then use the iPad Camera Lucida app to create a much more detailed drawing. Watch this space…
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