Da Vinci’s age old technique… revolutionized

600 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci invented a tool that would help him create the world’s finest works of art. Today, that same tool has been redesigned and improved… it could be the next revolution to hit the world of visual art.

The Mona Lisa was one of the first great Italian pieces of art to feature linear perspective — a type of perspective used to create the illusion of depth and space — as a key building block (one of many things that made the painting a phenomenon). We know it as a masterpiece for the ages, but if da Vinci hadn’t taken Filippo Brunelleschi’s method of using linear perspective and implemented it in his work, the method may not be used as often as it is today.

Of course, da Vinci is one of the greatest minds the world has every known and it’s no surprise that he took an idea like linear perspective and ran with it.

He created the Perspectograph, a machine that could help the eye properly align the key features of a 3D image and translate it on to a flat surface.

The Perspectograph was a table-like easel with a piece of glass inside a frame. The user would draw directly on the glass to get a likeness.

Since its creation, the Perspectograph has been the only mechanism to effectively do this. To this day art teachers have their students construct their own versions of the Perspectograph in order to measure linear perspective.

A pretty advanced idea since it’s still used today, no?

The problem is, no matter how advanced da Vinci’s ideas were in his day, this device is, now, rather archaic.

The solution? Miira Artist Tools’ View Frame.

The View Frame features magnetic guides for users to record the scene — just like da Vinci did — but they’re adjustable. In other words, there’s room for error.

The View Frame is a reinvented, handheld version of the Perspectograph, yet more versatile.

It teaches skills like:

  • Understanding and translating linear perspective
  • Measuring proportions
  • Foreshortening
  • Scaling
  • Composition
  • The rule of thirds
  • Understanding tilts and angles

The Perspectograph was large and bulky, with a huge piece of glass that needed to be inserted into a frame. The user would then sketch an outline of the subject directly on the glass. It would look something like this:

This translation recorded linear perspective and form.

But what happens from there?

Well, you copy what’s on the glass to an actual canvas. It’s not foolproof.

The View Frame, on the other hand, does all of this and more. It’s much smaller, without any glass, and not static. The guides on the metal track give the user leeway to make mistakes and to learn.

The Perspectograph is a copying device. The View Frame is a learning tool.

In the same way that you look through the Perspectograph and draw the angles that you see, you look through the View Frame and line up the guides in the exact position you need them. Then you can look through the same frame with the same guide positions and draw directly onto the canvas. It’s in the palm of your hand. That’s something the Perspectograph could never do.

There have been many perspective devices made since da Vinci’s machine, but none offered the flexibility or ingenuity of the View Frame. There are versions made today, but they’re limiting. That’s what sets View Frame apart from the competition. It is unique in that it solves multiple art foundation problems and it actually teaches the artist how to “see.”

The View Frame is the only tool to effectively modify what the Perspectograph does. And it not only modifies it, but revolutionizes it, adding immeasurable versatility. In doing so, it could revolutionize the way visual artists compose. It teaches foundational art skills, and it speeds up the experienced artist’s process.

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