Check out an amazing image created by someone who knows what she's doing... and then we discover what I've been up to...
Do you recall my recent blog about the mega-cool Camera Lucida app I discovered for the iPad? The idea is that you first use your iPad to take a picture (or to display an image that you acquired from elsewhere), then you use the iPad to superimpose the image over a live image of your drawing surface and you create your perfectly-scaled drawing using pencil and paper (or whatever media you prefer).
As I mentioned in my previous blog, it's actually much easier to explain this using a video as follows:
Well, one of the comments on my first blog was from Carolyn Hall Young, who said "The iOS Camera Lucida app is an extraordinary and cool tool! I am using it as I work on a painting, right now."
I immediately responded "Please, PLEASE share your painting with us – maybe showing it in different states of completion and demonstrating your use of this app."
And Carolyn very kindly responded as follows. First of all we see her setup, with her iPad sitting on an improvised stand showing the image on the iPad and the painting in progress (Click Here to see a larger, more detailed version of this photo):
Next we see a close-up of an early version of the work in progress as seen on the screen of Carolyn's iPad. The pencil (at the top) and blue instrument (at the bottom) aren’t part of the picture – these are real objects on the table as seen through the iPad's camera (Click Here to see a larger, more detailed version of this image):
And finally we see the finished painting as shown below – this is an 8" x 8” Acrylic-on-Panel that is intended for a group show in Santa Fe in mid-June (Click Here to see a larger, more detailed version of this image):
I've also been in touch with Peter Moeykens – the creator of the Camera Lucida app – who says: "Carolyn is an amazing artist and person! She's very humble and will never admit to being insanely talented; but I don't mind saying so on her behalf." (Click Here to visit Carolyn's website and see some more of her art.)
Peter also informed me that the cookie and cake decorating community recently found out about his app from this wonderful How to draw on a cookie with an iPad article – who knew that cookie decorating could be so cool?
Well, I've been wanting to play with this app myself, but "I R an Engineer," which – in my case – means I tend to over-engineer everything. As you can see in the video above and also in the photo of Carolyn's setup, it's common for people to create improvised stands out of whatever is close to hand.
But I didn’t want to play around with piles of books and suchlike; what would happen if I was half-way through a picture and I decided to take a few days' break, and upon my return I couldn’t remember which set of books I'd used? So I decided to build myself a stand for my iPad – something whereby I could easily adjust the height of the iPad to accommodate different paper sizes and users and suchlike.
I started off by wandering down to my local Home Depot and picking up a piece of 3/4" thick plyboard 2' wide and 4' long. I also picked up two shelving rod thingies (25" long") and two brackets to go with them. Next I chopped the board up as shown below (I can provide exact dimensions if anyone is interested):
I then spent a happy couple of hours drilling and countersinking and gluing and screwing everything together (I said I over-engineered everything), and the resulting "beast" is shown below. One great thing about this implementation is that – in addition to being extremely solid and stable – the shelf upon which the iPad rests can be easily adjusted to different heights; it takes only seconds to unhook it and relocate it to a different position. Another other great thing is that the shelf-iPad combo sticks out a long way over the drawing surface below:
And, last but not least, here's a picture of my iPad sitting on my stand and running the Camera Lucida app. You can see a pen sitting on the paper below, and the image of this pen on the iPad screen:
So, now I have my trusty stand at the ready, the next thing is for me to actually start creating some real pictures… watch this space…
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