Ivan Miranda made a robot that can draw images on sand by etching one line at a time. It does take its time, and it would be nice if he could make it more portable and freewheeling, but it’s still a neat build. Skip to 1:40 to see the robot in action.
Thomas Pavitte’s clever illustrations offer a unique spin on adult coloring books. Each image is hidden within a pair of concentric spirals, which only reveals itself as you fill in the lines. Use two colors to create a duotone. Choose from music icons, cities, or animals.
ft Robotics shows off a nifty Arduino Mega and Fischertechnik based plotter. Unlike other drawing machines which are driven by cartesian coordinates, this one uses polar coordinates. It draws by moving a pen along one axis, while a turntable rotates beneath its retractable pen.
Jayden’s Apple makes nifty brass stencils that are perfect for sketch notebooks. The designs include arrows, flourishes, lettering, plants, speech bubbles, and more. The Journal Essential stencil kit includes elements for drawing checklists, calendars, circles, and grids.
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.