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AxiDraw V3 XLX

AxiDraw V3 XLX

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.

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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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AxiDraw V3

AxiDraw V3

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.

1 Million Dots

1 Million Dots

Artist David Bayo demonstrates his painstaking process, as he creates a beautifully shaded portrait using his Rotring Rapidograph pen to place a seemingly endless flow of tiny dots. We’re not sure he actually counted to a million, but it’s amazing nonetheless.

Tattoo Coloring Book

Tattoo Coloring Book

UK illustrator Megamunden’s 112-page coloring book is loaded with 120 of the artist’s unique and intricate designs in outline form so you can color them in yourself. If you dig this, be sure to check out his color-in postcards.

AxiDraw

AxiDraw

A plug-and-play writing and drawing machine by Evil Mad Scientist and Lindsay Wilson. The AxiDraw can write or draw precisely on almost any flat surface using most pens and markers, creating a handmade look with perfect accuracy and consistency.

The Cycloid Drawing Machine

The Cycloid Drawing Machine

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.

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Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

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.

Noteslate Shiro Writing Tablet

Noteslate Shiro Writing Tablet

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!)

Chameleon Pen

Chameleon Pen

Artists will go bonkers over this new marker, which can blend between multiple tones and intensities of ink from a single pen, allowing for seamless blends and gradations without the need for multiple pens. Here’s how it works.

Step into the Page

Step into the Page

Long time Disney animator Glen Keane talks about the emotion and expression that goes into each one of his frames, and the limitations of paper. Donning a VR headset, a pair of controllers and Tiltbrush, he now creates artworks in 3D space. (Thanks Pedro!)

Paper for iPad: Think Kit

Paper for iPad: Think Kit

Think Kit is a new set of tools for the iPad sketching app Paper. It lets you draw, color, copy and move shapes, lines and more with simple gestures, making it very easy to create flowcharts, diagrams and mockups.

Inspirograph

Inspirograph

Miss playing with that Spirograph you had when you were a kid? Look no further than Inspirograph, an interactive browser-based Spirograph emulator, designed by Nathan Friend. Say goodbye to your afternoon.

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