Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets The Unartistic Sketch Themselves

If your attempts at art usually end up looking more at home on the fridge than a fine gallery, you might want to see if artists Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets will let you use their wonderful Self-Portrait machine which doesn't require a lick of talent.

In fact, you don't even need to keep your eyes open to sketch a recognisable facsimile of your own face. The machine does everything for you -- except hold the pen, so you can still feel like you're a part of the process. It's built from a cannibalised Thing-O-Matic 3D printer connected to a camera-equipped laptop running custom software that converts photos of your face into a line drawing.

Once the conversion process is complete, all you need to do is rest your forearm on a moving platform and hold a pen incredibly still while the machine goes through the motions. When it's done, you're left with a self-portrait that leans more towards the abstract side of the art world but is still suitable for framing and hanging on the wall.

[Vimeo via The Creators Project]



    Ahh geeks, where would we be without you?

    Don't worry, your drawings will still look like shit when you're not using this, unless you're awesome at drawing like me, then you don't need a stupid 'hold-my-hand-daddy-I- dwaw-badwy' machine. Losers.

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