DCA Print Studio Enables Disabled Artists to Draw with their Eyes
8 October 2012
DCA Print Studio has developed new technology that allows artists to draw solely with the movement of their eyes.
A Creative Scotland Access Fund has enabled DCA to purchase new equipment, further facilitating research into digital drawing techniques.
Working with artists with Multiple Sclerosis, DCA Print Studio began researching ways that would them to draw idependently. Using an adapted computer camera with an infrared LED to track the pupil of the eye, this technology allows the user to make joining points on a screen. The image created can then be translated for use on other Print Studio equipment.
Robert Jackson, DCA Print Studio Technical Instructor, who has been developing the equipment, said "Using new digital technologies that allow people to create drawings using their eyes, this project will enable greater access to traditional and contemporary printmaking methods for artists with disabilities”.
The Eye Can Draw project is continuing to develop eye tracking technology with the aim to open up possiblities for artists with with disabilities, or those suffering from debilitating illnesses.
DCA Print Studio user Jackie Smith said "I’m beginning to see the potential of the technology already and how it could be a useful tool for my practice and that of other disabled artists”.
Find out more about the project at eyecandraw.wordpress.com