World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
World's Simplest Drawing Machine
A few years back I was afforded the opportunity to get my very own art studio. Having my own space to do (more or less) whatever I wanted was a great novelty to me. The first thing I did was make a silly rug. I then proceeded to fill it with ewaste. Finally, I acheived my ultimate goal of making a mildly-violent, dead-simple, drawing machine that encompassed much of the usable space.

The first iteration of the machine involved a computer fan hung from the ceiling by its own power cord. Suspended from the fan was a long piece of string with a marker on the end. As the fan blew itself around, it dragged the marker across a large white sheet of paper I laid on the floor. Occasionally the marker would violently bounce off of people or things. When the machine ran, I typically sat out in the hallway on a folding chair with my laptop and waited patiently. A typical drawing took about 30 minutes to an hour (even with a couple of marker changes).

I mounted and hung drawings from the first round in my studio space's art gallery without permission. A silly sign was created.

The second iteration involved two fans. There was the original fan and then a few feet away was a second smaller fan that was hung closer to the ceiling (hence, with a shorter traveling range). The string was suspended from the new fan through a hole in the old fan and then to the floor. This resulted in the new fan tugging at the old fan and adding a wee bit of randomness to the drawings.

I tried selling the drawings created by the second iteration for $500,000 a piece during one of the studio space's open houses. This did not succeed. I ended up cutting up most of the drawings and using them as wrapping paper.

A few of the remaining drawings were framed. One had a snide cartoon posted on it and was subsequently mounted in my living room.
 
 

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