NeoLucida : The 21st Century Camera Lucida - Big Idea Design LLC
NeoLucida : The 21st Century Camera Lucida - Big Idea Design LLC
NeoLucida : The 21st Century Camera Lucida - Big Idea Design LLC
NeoLucida : The 21st Century Camera Lucida - Big Idea Design LLC

NeoLucida : The 21st Century Camera Lucida

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The NeoLucida is a portable camera lucida: an optical drawing aid that allows you to trace what you see. Based on century-old designs but comprehensively redesigned for the 21st century, the NeoLucida is perfect for artists, scientists, designers, or hobbyists-anyone who wants to draw.

Originally patented in 1807, by the 1830s camera lucidas were everywhere. Fine artists, scientists, naturalists, explorers, archeologists, architects-all used the camera lucida for drawing in the days before photography.

Our design is lightweight (7oz., or 199 g), sturdy, compact enough to fit in a handbag, highly adjustable, totally non-electronic, and effective in all lighting conditions. If you enjoy drawing from life, or if you're interested in experiencing for yourself how the Old Masters could possibly have created such accurate, lifelike drawings-then the NeoLucida is for you.

Designed in Chicago & Pittsburgh, USA by Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin.
Crowdfunded through Kickstarter.

Officially licensed item from NeoLucida,LLC

Manufactured in partnership with Big Idea Design, LLC.
NeoLucida™ is a registered trademark of NeoLucida, LLC.
For ages 9+.

What's in the box

• 1 NeoLucida (Works for both right & left handed artist)

• 1 Carrying pouch

• 1 Set of instructions


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Instructions + Video Demos and Detailed written instructions & FAQ's can be found on the NeoLucida website.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
rodney brunet
Too difficult and time consuming to use

I am extremely disappointed. Finding the sweet spot consistently is difficult, easy to lose and frustrating to use.

Daniel Shellenbarger, MFA
A neo hardware that is centuries old.

This is a great tool to assist with drawing. It is designed very well and is a solid piece of equipment that is priced quite well. I have another Lucida that is bigger and cost 4X this. It is no better and I never use it because of its size. It takes a bit to get used to it. I have always been good with drawing but this allows a greater precision than I could ever have with just freehand. Also, my obstacles of proportioning and accurately depicting hands and feet are overcome with this tool. Yes you can, with a few hours of messing with it, simply trace objects. If that is your goal, this will help. But if your goal is to push your art further and increase your skills at rendering, this tool is still invaluable. As I understand, lucidas, when they were invented, were priced so only those of means could afford them. This price and this incredible engineering brings this useful tool to those of moderate means. Thank you for this useful and time-proven tool and for creating this at a reasonable price!

cat s.

I was excited when my order arrived in a few days. Although I followed the instructions to the letter I was unable to make the shadow image appear on the paper no matter how I turned the viewer nor could I see my hand in the viewer. My husband also read the directions and tried and tried. He was also unable to make it work. I think the viewer was just too small. I sent it back and ordered the larger one and I hope to have better success with that.

Martin Ratcliffe
NeoLucida review

Yes, very happy. I'm a fan of John Herschel's use of a camera Lucida, and I took the NeoLucida to Cape Town last month on a business trip had brief moments to practice. Can't wait for the larger version!

Craig A.
I am Happy!

Terrific! Terrific!