DrawMyPhoto Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2019 ACM. We present DrawMyPhoto, an interactive system that can assist a drawing novice in producing a quality drawing by automatically parsing a photograph in to a step-by-step drawing tutorial. The system utilizes image processing to produce distinct line work and shading steps from the photograph, and offers novel real-time feedback on pressure and tilt, along with grip suggestions as the user completes the tutorial. Our evaluation showed that the generated steps and real-time assistance allowed novices to produce significantly better drawings than with a more traditional grid-based approach, particularly with respect to accuracy, shading, and details. This was confirmed by domain experts who blindly rated the drawings. The participants responded well to the real-time feedback, and believed it helped them learn proper shading techniques and the order in which a drawing should be approached. We saw promising potential in the tool to boost the confidence of novices and lower the barrier to artistic creation.

name of conference

  • C&C '19: Creativity and Cognition

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Williford, B., Doke, A., Pahud, M., Hinckley, K., & Hammond, T.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Williford, Blake||Doke, Abhay||Pahud, Michel||Hinckley, Ken||Hammond, Tracy

editor list (cited editors)

  • Dow, S., Maher, M. L., Kerne, A., & Latulipe, C..

publication date

  • June 2019


  • ACM  Publisher