The Drawing Machine

The Drawing Machine is a 9-inch wood drawing table. A stack of paper sits on the right, tiny colored pencils in the center, and sand on the left. The user selects a pencil and starts making marks on the paper.

The sounds of their mark-making is picked up by microphones under the paper, then re-broadcast to speakers underneath the sand mapping their marks to vibration, automagically creating intricate patterns in the sand.

The result of spending time interacting with the Drawing Machine is not just designs in the sand, but the appearance of colored marks on the paper. The project seeks to reduce inhibition towards the act of drawing, framing the act of holding a pencil not as drawing but as asking a machine to draw for you.