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$2 Sketch Portrait Maker

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Who doesn't love sketch of themselves or their loved ones?
but...
and but...
 You probably don't have a Tablet PC (or iPad), drawing skills are good for making amoeba and lazy enough to not use existing copying techniques then I have something for you (sounds pretty theatrical ) - A $2 Sketch portrait maker easy enough that a child can make realistic sketches (and obviously not using that computer tricks).

You just have to take a picture (or use which is already on your mobile phone or digital camera) place it over the device and draw on any flat surface like cards,books,etc. and  not only on thin paper !!!

Make a sketch of your loved one and gift him/her.
 
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Step 1: Materials Required

 A shoe box
Two magnifying glasses (i.e. convex lens) of two different focal lengths-in my case they are 6cm and 20 cm. You can use different focal lengths also but make sure that they have a difference as large as mine. Finding focal length is fairly simple, here's the Youtube video link of someone "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoGDOT6U9pQ"  (just see the approximate focal length part).
Paper Cutter
Sticking tape
A ruler
30 minutes
DUDE I SAW AN IPOD PROJECTOR FOR 150 DOLLARS BUT 3 DOLLARS?
manish15 (author)  happybuilder4 years ago
 because I wanted it for everyone.Thanks.
 I know, but that is just cheap!
If you can scrounge the materials, you could make this for free.
Parapegma4 years ago
 Wonderful high tech twist to a drawing technique that has been around since at least the 1500s, maybe even longer. In effect, it's a bit as though you've reinvented the camera obscura.  Camera obscura were perhaps invented by the Romans, and there are scholarly battles going on now among art historians whether mirrors were used in the Renaissance to achieve a similar effect. Certainly the use of mirrors or camera obscura  to cast strong images and trace from seems to have been used by such artists as Carravaggio and Vermeer. Or so some claim. Canaletto was very open in his use of a camera obscura for sketching and the 19th Century in particular brought a number of devices on to the market like it, some of which are still available. You might like to look up the antecedents of your technique in book, "The Science of Art" 
Is this the book by David Hockney? I have borrowed it several times from the library.
I recommend it to everyone it is absolutely gob-smacking and really inspiring.
Tthanks a lot.
manish15 (author)  Parapegma4 years ago
 I searched about and yes you were absolutely correct.Thanks.
anglerfish3 years ago
Thank you!  This will be very helpful.
greiss1224 years ago
This looks great!
I just went and picked up some lenses and I'm going to build it ASAP!

Nice Instructable.
manish15 (author)  greiss1224 years ago
 Thanks.
wokwithme4 years ago
Great Idea! Sounds like something a Sculptor would do.
manish15 (author)  wokwithme4 years ago
 OK you can say me a digital sculptor.Thanks.
snapel4 years ago
 This will definetly help with my art class : ) Thanks a lot !
manish15 (author)  snapel4 years ago
 Then what are you waiting for? Enjoy!!
Speedmite4 years ago
Print it out, use a light table, trace it that way. Then your hand wont get in the way. and no dealing with lenses.
manish15 (author)  Speedmite4 years ago
 speedmite I already mentioned similar way (see last  step) but you cant draw on thick cards,books,etc. in that way. Thanks.
Sorry.

True. But couldnt you trace n' paste?

Welcome.
You rock!!!  This is an awesome instructable!!!
manish15 (author)  marjorieallea4 years ago
 Thank you very much marjor
agis684 years ago
 Excellent project. I have a Ipod Touch and I do a lot of designs like logos. I will build it during the next days...
manish15 (author)  agis684 years ago
 thanks agis68 I actually started with ipod first.
Great instructable...

I am a tattoo artist and I have people bring in artwork on their phone.
I cannot copy it with my copier.
Now, I have a way!
thanks....
manish15 (author)  Greasetattoo4 years ago
I am planning a tattoo for myself now.
Interesting. I was thinking "why would anyone do this?" But that is a great application...
manish15 (author)  suckrpnch4 years ago
 Thanks suckrpnch. -by the way interesting member name. 
pcairic4 years ago
I have a better idea. How about just printing the image downloaded from the internet? You can scale it, rotate it, even change the colours and make as many copies as you want.

Hahaha! Just kidding!

Nice instructable :-)
manish15 (author)  pcairic4 years ago
 u just got me pcairic. thanks!
buteman4 years ago
Great idea. I just got some new shoes so have a good strong box and wondered what to do with it.
Now I know ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
manish15 (author)  buteman4 years ago
 Have a great project buteman
astro boy4 years ago
 pretty neat i used to use a powerful lens with my camera to make a projector so i could watch movies on a bigger screen on road trips, i never thought to use it like this!
manish15 (author)  astro boy4 years ago
 Actually the projector project was my inspiration
whiteoakart4 years ago
Nice job, Manish.  A nice simple way to trace a photo. 
manish15 (author)  whiteoakart4 years ago
 Thank you whiteokart
Simple and effective!  Well done.
manish15 (author)  Frivolous Engineering4 years ago
 Thank you so much
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