About this project
We made a simple yet powerful tool to help the visual artist and designer create, the art instructor teach and the art student learn to solve complex problems that many artists and designers face.
Using The View Frame to find foreshortening
Expressing the truth of the three dimensional world of space, depth & form onto a flat surface present age-old problems for the visual artist and student. Artists throughout history attempted to create tools to aid their process of visualizing and translating linear perspective onto the picture plane. They were large, unwieldy and seemingly difficult to use.
- Artists and Students at all levels of skill
- The Designer
- The Sculptor
- The Architect and Architecture Student
- The Photographer and Cinematographer
Leslie Lienau, co-inventor of The View Frame has been teaching adults and children how to draw and paint for over 20 years. Complex visual concepts can be difficult to teach and there was a gap between her experience and her ability to communicate to her students. She had a desire to teach them how to see before she could teach them how to draw. She wanted to find a way to communicate clearly, so she made a prototype and had her youngest students, 8 year old twins, test it. With the View Frame's help, they made accurate drawings of a simple box, and it was then that she knew she had begun to find a solution.
Over the last year we've worked very hard making and re-making dozens of prototypes. We've tested the functionality of The View Frame and asked artists and art students to test and offer feedback (thanks guys!!). Finally, we have a finely tuned working prototype that is ready to be manufactured.
The View Frame is a hand-held teaching tool that has been designed for use inside or outside the studio.
Description & Specifications
The View Frame features an open view frame, with a one to one aspect ratio. It includes a track that is positioned next to the window with a ferrous metal insert positioned at the base of the track. The View Frame comes with six removable guides which are comprised of a handle, a magnetic peg (which attaches to the track on the frame) and has a thin, straight & sturdy rod. The guides are placed onto the track and can be rotated or easily moved around the track while the rods extend into the window. The rare earth magnet on the guide handle creates stiff resistance and keeps the rods securely in place while the user registers things like linear perspective, line tilt, alignment, proportion and shape relationships.
Miira Artist Tools is a start-up company, and we need your support to reach our goal of $40,000. Your pledge will allow us to complete our first production run, package the product, and deliver it to you. All the elements are in place for making the View Frame with quality and durable components.
With Kickstarter, it's ALL OR NOTHING, so we are asking for your support to help us reach our goal!
You can support this project by pre-ordering The View Frame with a variety of rewards options or you can share this campaign with someone you know who is an artist a teacher, a designer, an architect...and so on!
Here are the rewards:
We are working with Aztec Manufacturing, a local company in our hometown, Edmond, Oklahoma. Aztec will complete the tooling by the end of October 2013. The metal rods are sourced from California and the ferrous metal track is coming from Progressive Stamping in Oklahoma City. The rare earth magnets are coming from China, so we have to wait until the middle or the end of December for their arrival. When all the components arrive we will start to make the view frame and have it ready for delivery to you by the end of December and at the very latest, early January 2014.
We are proud to be making The View Frame and all the Rewards in the United States of America!
Thank you for supporting us and for sharing this campaign! Thanks to all the friends and family who have helped us get to this point - it's been an exciting journey and we still have a fun path ahead!
The Miira Team - Leslie & Seth
Leslie Lienau, Inventor and Principal of Miira Artist Tools
Seth Capshaw, Inventor and Lead Designer of Miira Artist Tools
Contact us: email@example.com
Risks and challenges
The team at Miira Artist Tools has tested the functionality of our product and it works great! We've asked art students, artists and teachers to test our prototypes and the results have been, across the board, highly positive with each user achieving success. Everything is in place to begin production.
We think the only serious obstacle we might experience is an inability to fulfill orders in a timely manner due to unforeseen delays in the manufacturing process.
We will do our very best to deliver your product on time and we will endeavor to communicate with all of our backers throughout the manufacturing process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With the Miira View Frame you can accurately observe the many aspects of linear perspective.
The user can do this:
While looking at your subject, hold up the View Frame at arm’s length and perpendicular to your line of sight. Place a guide into the track and with single vision (close one eye), align the guide with a linear edge on the subject. The guides will pivot and slide easily on the track and once you have them in place, they will be fixed until you move them again. Now, fix another guide to align with another edge, and so on. As you place the guides onto the frame to record what you see you will begin to learn and even be surprised at how the eye observes the natural world!
Once you've seen and registered the truth of the scene through the View Frame, you can easily and accurately record one, two and three-point perspective.
Now that you have registered the guides onto the View Frame and have learned about the scene you are trying to render, notice the degree of slope of each guide you’ve placed onto the frame as they relate to each other and to the edges of the frame. Lightly sketch what is registered on the frame onto your surface - just rough it in. Now, step away from your easel, hold up your Miira View Frame, close one eye again and look through the frame to compare what you have registered on the tool with what you have sketched in. Be sure not to move the guides yet. They will help you to see any problems that exist with your sketch.
In fact, you will instantly see the correctness or the inaccuracy of what you've drawn. Now you will know what to do to fix the problem or you will be satisfied that you got it right!
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