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Automatically mimicking unique hand-drawn pencil lines

By Zainab AlMeraj, Brian Wyvill, Tobias Isenberg, Amy A. Gooch and Richard Guy


In applications such as architecture, early design sketches containing accurate line drawings often mislead the target audience. Approximate human-drawn sketches are typically accepted as a better way of demonstrating fundamental design concepts. To this end we have designed an algorithm that creates lines that perceptually resemble human-drawn lines. Our algorithm works directly with input point data and a physically based mathematical model of human arm movement. Our algorithm generates unique lines of arbitrary length given the end points of a line, without relying on a database of human-drawn lines. We found that an observational analysis obtained through various user studies of human lines made a bigger impact on the algorithm than a statistical analysis. Additional studies have shown that the algorithm produces lines that are perceptually indistinguishable from that of a hand-drawn straight pencil line. A further expansion to the system resulted in mimicked dashed lines.

Year: 2009
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