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Drawing

MagCon Drawing Tools

MagCon Drawing Tools
~$30+  Pledge Link Comment

These smartly-designed tools make it easy to crank out straight lines, circles, grids, and other smooth and consistent drawings. The complete set consists of a straightedge and a curved arm, and a swiveling base. Available in aluminum or stainless steel.

Wacom Cintiq 16

Wacom Cintiq 16
$650  Buy Link Comment

Wacom’s entry-level Cintiq 16 has a 15.6″ 1080p non-touchscreen display. It has an anti-glare parallax coating to mimic the look and feel of paper. It comes with the Pro Pen 2, which has 8,192 levels of sensitivity, low activation force and tilt recognition.

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Black 3.0 Paint

Black 3.0 Paint
~$33+  Pledge Comment

Stuart Semple’s Culture Hustle is known for making the pinkest pink paint available. He sells it at an affordable price too. Now he’s helping make the blackest commercially available black paint, and wants everyone to get their hands on it as well.

iskn Slate Repaper Graphics Tablet

iskn Slate Repaper Graphics Tablet

iskn’s Slate Repaper is a graphics tablet that lets you use real pens and paper. It comes with a magnetic ring that you put around your pen of choice to capture your strokes, and offers pressure sensitivity. It can be used with PCs or mobile devices. Drops 2019 for $200.

Polar Drawing Machine

Polar Drawing Machine

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.

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens

Magnetips Magnetic Coloring Pens
$49/set  Buy Link Comment

Designers and other creative folks will go crazy for these colorful pens with magnets built in. They attach with metal bearings, allowing you to create fun shapes to liven up your workspace in between drawing sessions.  Save 37% on a 20-pen set in The Awesomer Shop.

Drawing a Realistic Fried Egg

Drawing a Realistic Fried Egg

Artist Marcello Barenghi presents a time-lapse video of him creating a photorealistic image of a fried egg using colored pencils, paints, and airbrushing. The simulated shine is so impressive that we want to grab a fork right now and poke it into our screen. Breakfast time!

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen

CuttleLola Electric Dotspen
$35  Buy Link Comment

This unique writing instrument allows artists to draw with a stippling technique without having to constantly raise and lower the pen. The rechargeable pen vibrates its tip rapidly to drop dots of ink onto the page. Reduced price available for a limited time from Massdrop.

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Artist Dutch exp shows us how he uses a 3D printing pen (in this case a Myriwell Pro) to create amazing full color replicas of characters from pop culture, including Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star, Q*Bert, Pac-Man, Sonic, Olaf, and Rick Sanchez.

Da Vinci Eye Drawing App

Da Vinci Eye Drawing App

This mobile app makes learning to draw a lot easier and more fun. It uses your phone’s camera so you can overlay an image that you want to copy or use as a template and then sketch over that in real-time. It’s available for both iOS and Android.

Sand Drawing Robot

Sand Drawing Robot

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.

Spiroglyphics

Spiroglyphics
$15  Buy Link Comment

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.

Brass Sketchbook Stencils

Brass Sketchbook Stencils
$7-$31  Buy Comment

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.

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DOOM on an Etch A Sketch

DOOM on an Etch A Sketch

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.

Drawing Machine Time-Lapse

Drawing Machine Time-Lapse

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.

AxiDraw V3 XLX

AxiDraw V3 XLX
$600  Buy Comment

Evil Mad Scientist Labs‘ borderline magical AxiDraw now has a variant that reaches up to two sheets of US Letter or A4 in one go, making it faster and more efficient. Just like the V3, it can use normal pens and markers to make “handwritten” letters and drawings.

ZarPlotter Drawing Machine

ZarPlotter Drawing Machine

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.

How Small Can She Draw?

How Small Can She Draw?

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 Bézier Game

The Bézier Game

We’ve been using graphic design tools like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for years, but we still suck at using the pen tool. If you find it as challenging as we do, check out this online game, which will turn you into a curve-drawing master in no time.

Die-Cast Spirograph Set

Die-Cast Spirograph Set
$30  Buy Comment

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.

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Making Liquid Paper Art

Making Liquid Paper Art

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.

Robot Art Class

Robot Art Class

WIRED UK introduces us to artist Patrick Tresset, whose latest exhibition includes a classroom filled with robotic “students” each of which has been equipped with a pen and paper. While the students doodle, three smarter robots at the head of the class draw portraits.

MRF Smart Ruler 2.0

MRF Smart Ruler 2.0
$12+  Pledge Comment

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.

NeoLucida XL

NeoLucida XL
$60+  Pledge Comment

Pablo Garcia’s modern take on the camera lucida – a 19th century drawing tool that uses mirrors to project a reflection of what’s in front of you to the surface below, effectively giving you a live stencil. This new NeoLucida has a larger viewfinder.

Google AutoDraw

Google AutoDraw

It’s far from perfect, but Google’s experimental web app has a pretty nifty trick up its sleeve – it can transform rough doodles into neat line art by using machine-learning algorithms to recognize shapes and replace them with professionally drawn illustrations.

Glow in the Dark Drawings

Glow in the Dark Drawings

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.

Joto

Joto
$199+  Pledge Comment

Joto is a modern take on an X/Y plotter that displays pictures, screenshots, notes and more by drawing them on a whiteboard marker, then erasing them when it’s time for a new image. With support from developers, it can integrate with apps like Twitter, Slack and Spotify.

Line-us Robot

Line-us Robot
$86+  Pledge Comment

This quirky little robot is small enough to take anywhere, and can be used to sketch out line art images of anything you can draw on screen. Its robotic arm copies your hand movements, though its sketches have a bit of wobble to them – which gives them added character.

AxiDraw V3

AxiDraw V3
$475  Buy Link Comment

The latest version of Evil Mad Scientist Labs‘ versatile pen plotter can write on most flat surfaces, using a writing instrument of your choice to create intricate, precise, and repeatable drawings and handwriting. It runs at up to 2x the speed of the old model.

LEGO Drawing Machine

LEGO Drawing Machine

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.

Perspective Drawing Hack

Perspective Drawing Hack

A brilliantly simple way to create two-point perspective drawings by fixing a piece of elastic string to the two edges of your image, then pulling it up and down with a paper clip. It doesn’t provide a hard straight-edge, but it’s still a cool hack.

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