We’ve seen DOOM run on everything from a calculator to a toaster. But this is the first time we’ve seen the game on an Etch A Sketch. We’re impressed with lily-liver’s ability to replicate the game’s screen on the toy, even if he cheated a bit by tracing the diagonal lines.
Sped up footage of drawings being created by one of artist James Nolan Gandy’s mechanical drawing machines. A complex series of gears, pulleys, and belts drives the pen mechanism to create spirograph-like images. Check out more of his images and videos on his Instagram page.
This cable-driven machine holds a pen in its grip and can not only draw intricate and detailed lettering, but can emulate the imperfections of handwriting. It can create calligraphy and draw images as well. Contact ZarPlotter if you’re interested in purchasing one.
Artist Kasey Golden issued herself a challenge – to see just how small she could draw an image. She starts out sketching her character “Hatch” on a 5″x7″ sheet of paper, then draws it on progressively smaller and smaller pieces, which eventually need a magnifying glass to be seen.
The classic Spirograph is a childhood favorite drawing toy, but its plastic discs are easy to crack. This special edition includes nine drawing wheels and a gear wheel made from sturdy die-cast metal, as well as sticky Spiro-Putty to eliminate holes in your paper.
Given the dearth of typewriters in the modern workplace, we’re surprised that Liquid Paper is even still a thing. Draw with Jazza shows how the opaque white correction fluid can be used to draw intricate works of art – assuming you have his mad drawing skills, that is.
Another slick multitool wallet card from the folks behind the MRF credit card multitool. This anodized aluminum tool is focused on creative uses, functioning as a compass, protractor, t-square, ruler, sketch tool, smartphone stand, headphone cord wrap, and a bottle opener.
Artist Peter Draws creates a wonderful line art illustration using “invisible” ink under a black light. Watching the ink flow off of his glass pen tip into the water is just as mesmerizing as onto the canvas itself. His charming and soothing narration definitely reminds us of Bob Ross.
Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks shows off a relatively simple, yet awesome LEGO machine which uses a motor and hinged arms to move a pen in repeated geometric patterns, resulting in Spirograph-like drawings. Jason provides full instructions for building your own here.
Like a Spirograph on steroids, Joe Freedman’s Cycloid Drawing Machine uses a series of highly adjustable geared discs for create incredibly complex geometric images. Skip to 1:00 if you don’t care to hear how amazing the cardboard box was. Or skip to 3:31 to see it in action.
Artist Heather Rooney shows off her incredible talent for drawing photorealistic portraits using Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. Her work is so good that some of her subjects look better than they do in real life. Check out her YouTube channel for more.
4+ years in the making – the Noteslate aims to replicate the feel of writing with a pencil, but in a digital device that can store and share notes and drawings, and doubles as an e-reader. Be one of the first 999 pre-orders and get the special signature edition. (Thanks Thomas!)