21 days ago - By Illustration Art
This month in 1858, Hymen L. Lipman was awarded the very first patent for a pencil. The Patent Office requires a schematic drawing with each application. The drawing must be plain, clear, and straightforward: a simple black line on a white background. Any use of imagination is strictly forbidden. No exaggerations, no color, no expressive variety in the line allowed. How much important information can be conveyed in such a sterile format? Here is the drawing Walt Disney used to obtain a patent for his animation camera, 82 years after the patent for the pencil:
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