Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets the Hopelessly 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.

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

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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 over your fireplace. Or at least putting at the top of the fridge door.

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DISCUSSION

"The machine does everything for you—except hold the pen"

Well THERE'S your problem. I have to hold the pen? No thanks. I'm far too lazy for that.

But seriously, I expected the paper to move below the pen, not your arm. It may be a small image and all, but size it up and this is not going to end well.