Two Types of Drawing Machines

July 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Self Portrait Machine, by Jen Hui Liao, is part of an exhibition at the Royal College of Art. The machine takes a picture of the subject and then mechanically renders it. The subject’s hands are “cuffed” to the machine (as pictured below) and then robotically guided across the paper. I like the retro-Cyborg aspect of this piece. You can see a video of the process here. (Via We Make Money Not Art).

Self-Portrait Machine


And then there’s the Human Printer. From the website:

“The Human Printer creates unique, individual images each time it prints. Following the same process as a digital printer, the humanprinter generates the printed product by hand. Throughout the printing process the humanprinter assumes the role of the machine and is therefore controlled and restricted by the process of using CMYK halftones created on the computer.”


The Human Printer

Human Printers at Work

Email these folks with your jpegs, and they’ll output black and white or color images for you, and post them on their blog. (Via The Daily What).

One thought on “Two Types of Drawing Machines”

  1. Ejale says:

    I’m so much in love with arts, if drives me crazy, when i see these works and equipments i feel like giving up, i feel like i’ve not started. you guyz are great. thumbs up

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