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New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item. See the seller's listing for full details. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Brand: Ancient Magic Art Tools
Material: Aluminum Alloy Model: LUCID-Art
Craft: Drawing & Painting MPN: MVL-AS1
Main Color: Black Country of Manufacture: United States
UPC: 609722027632

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LUCID-Art Camera Lucida

MSRP: $229.99 Manufacture Direct Price Only: $199 + FREE shipping in the USA! and discounted shipping worldwide! + Money Back Guarantee and One Year Warranty!

We have two LUCID-Art accessories: one allows the LUCID-Art to enlarge photos and the other is a attachable drawing board. (each sold separately HERE)

What is a Camera Lucida: The Secret Device used by the Old Masters!

The LUCID-Art is a modern version of the classic camera lucida drawing tool that has been used by artists for centuries. Great Masters from Michelangelo Caravaggio and Jan Vermeer to Jean Ingres were said to have used camera lucidas and similar devices to help create some of their masterpieces (see video on right).

When you look through the view hole it uses optical mirrors to reflect a transparent "ghost" image of the scene in front of you down onto your canvas or paper, so all an artist or art enthusiast needs to do is draw over the reflected image to get correct perspective, foreshortening, proportion, position, overlap, shape. Leaving you more time to develop your art the way you want it without being frustrated by the technical elements.

The LUCID-Art retains the magic of this somewhat secretive drawing and painting technique, while improving on the original with a brighter, much larger and more stable image, including variable brightness control, and a far lower price.

This is also a great historical teaching aid as the camera lucida has played an important role in the history of art and photography. A hands-on demonstration with a LUCID-Art camera lucida will captivate and edify students of all ages.

Learn more about the history of the camera lucida and other devices used by the Old Masters.

How It Works

The picture on the top right is of a view of the image as seen through the LUCID-art. The image is transparent, so you can see the subject (in this case a still life), your hand, pencil and pencil marks all at the same time. With the lucid-art you can adjust the size, position and intensity of the image as needed.

The user manual will teach you how everything works and how to use your LUCID-Art, but the concept is very simple. You will be able to get an image of whatever you want to draw reflected right over your drawing surface. You simply trace over the image to get an accurate sketch quickly and easily.

You don't have to worry about getting everything. Leave out what you don't want and keeping what you like. Then after you have your sketch, finish your drawing with traditional drawing or painting techniques. it takes a little practice, but it's as easy as it sounds.

For paintings you do not have to start with a pencil sketch, you can also paint right over the reflected image with oils, acrylics or water paints. You can use any medium you want: pencil, paint, pastels, charcoal, ink or almost anything else.

You can reflect anything onto paper or canvas: paintings, landscapes, portraits, figures, still lifes. And you can reflect the image onto white or dark paper or canvas or anything else you want to: dishes, crafts, rocks, t-shirts, sculpting.

The LUCID-Art can clamp to a table, sketch book, or most any stiff drawing surface up to 2 ½in (6.4cm) thick. So you can use it inside on a table or desk or clamp it to a portable drawing surface and take it out in to the field.

Whether you are a Modern Master or just an Art Enthusiast who wants to paint like a professional, this is the ultimate tool for any artist. Because this is a tool not a toy, it is not recommended for use by small children.

The LUCID-Art Camera Lucida will send shivers of excitement down your spine and you will quickly see why the old masters might have found this kind of device so useful.

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Why the LUCID-Art is Better Then Other camera lucidas


Solving the Lighting Problem:

Traditionally, even with a good camera lucida, it would only work on white paper if you had just the right lighting, and it was frustrating or even impossible to get the image bright enough unless you limited yourself to drawing on black paper.

And you had to change the lighting in the room to change the brightness of the image, then as soon as you changed the lighting all the shadows would change forcing you to start over. And if you were working outside, you had even less control over the image brightness because you could not change the lighting.

The LUCID-Art eliminates all these traditional lighting problems by incorporating two shatter proof optical filters that can be placed in the Top or Bottom Brace of the LUCID-Art; interchanged and combined to create nine brightness levels instantly without any lighting changes. This improvement alone changes the camera lucida from a neat device into an indispensable art tool.

Now you can easily use draw and paint on white or dark paper/canvas and adjust the brightness back and forth as you work with out any problems. This feature makes a huge difference-it's like night and day!


Solving the Image Size Problem:

There are three main factors that control the size of a camera lucida's image: the size of the mirrors, the distance between the drawing surface and the lucida's view hole and factor X.

You could set a lucida ten feet away from the drawing surface and get a huge image, but no one could reach that far to draw. You could increase the size of the mirrors to get a larger image, but then the lucida would be big and bulky.

The LUCID-Art is light, compact and portable, yet you still get a jumbo sized image because we discovered a new way of increasing the size of the image without increasing the size of the mirrors and maximize the size of the image at every height; we call it factor X, but sorry we cannot disclose how it works.

Here are the results, even at its lowest possible height, 16in (41cm) from the drawing surface, you get a large 13in x 26in (33x66cm) image, which is larger than any other camera lucida available--and it just goes up from there. Set at 21in (53.5cm) high the image is 18in x 31in (46x79cm). And at the highest height, 24 ½ in (62cm), you get a mammoth 20in X 37in (51x94cm) image.


Solving the Image Stability Problem:

Earlier prism type camera lucidas had (and the ones today still have) an unstable and elusive image. As David Hockney noted "You must use it [prism type Camera Lucida] quickly, for once the eye has moved the image is really lost.( Secret Knowledge, pg 24)"

LUCID-Art Camera Lucida

Later mirror type camera lucidas have a more stable image, but they are often only suspended by a thin rod that wobbles back and forth as you try to draw.

The LUCID-Art has the more stable mirror type lucida image and is supported by a solid mechanical arm that is steadied by a second diagonal cross support arm; thus, eliminating wobbling and giving you the most stable image possible, while ensuring that the support arms will not get in your way as you draw.

The image is still a virtual image, so it will move if your head moves, but you will have a solid place to anchor your head. And if you move your head or want to take a break, then you can easily line your marks back up with the image and continue drawing. See our Cabinet Camera Obscura for a drawing devise with an actual image that will not move at all.

More Info

The LUCID-Art Camera Lucida is a high quality art tool made in California, USA with strong light weight aluminum alloy with a powder coated finish. All the mirrors and optical filters are shatter proof acrylic glass. It comes with a powder coated attachable steel clamp that secures it to a work space.

We have two LUCID-Art accessories: one allows the LUCID-Art to enlarge photos and the other is a attachable drawing board. (each sold separately HERE)

It easily changes back and forth from right-handed to left-handed. Comes with a very helpful illustrated users manual and online technical support is provided.

It works a lot like an art projector, except that you don't have to sit in the dark with a loud hot projector, you're not limited to working from photographs, the LUCID-Art works without electricity and it's light (1.8 LBS) and portable!

It uses the same basic principle that was used to make transparent ghosts in movies before the advent of computerized special effects and is still the way Disneyland's Haunted Mansion makes their ghost.

See Larger Pictures of the LUCID-Art Camera Lucida by clicking HERE.


The LUCID-Art is about 5in (12.5cm) wide, and the height is adjustable between 16in (41cm) to 24 ½in (62cm) to fit the height of the artist.

It also folds together nicely for transportation and storage:

It only weights 1.8 LBS (0.8 kg).

Clamp opens wide enough to clamp to tables, notebooks, canvases or any other works space up to 2 ½in (6.4cm) thick.


Free shipping to the USA, and discounted Priority Air shipping world wide!

Shipping times:

Shipping to the continental United States:

Domestic orders will ship out of are shop in California in 1-2 business days (usually within 24 hours) after payment is received. UPS Ground takes 1-6 days depending on how far you are from California for a total of 1-8 days until you get your order.

International shipping and outside the continental United States:

International orders will ship out in 1-2 business days (usually within 24 hours) after payment is received. Delivery time after it is shipping will depend on the international shipping method. USPS Priority International takes 6-10 days.

International buyers: price does not include any tax, VAT or fee that your countries may charge upon delivery—check with your government offices for buying overseas details.

Each LUCID-Art is packed in a quality reusable folding box with attached egg-crate cushions (as shown above).

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