About Us

LUCIDArt is a California-based company manufacturing and selling original products created by the company's founder, Les Cookson. Les started his work reinventing historical optical devices in 2005, through his interest in the painting techniques of the Old Masters. His work and interest have expanded to include several of the fascinating and magical devices of the past.

Les has also pitched his inventions on Shark Tank TWICE and ABC's The Toy Box, and has made multiple appearances on his local GoodDay Sacramento morning show. Les has sold tens of thousands of his reinvented drawing tools, optical toys, and hand-built replicas to artists, universities, and museums all over the world, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has also supplied his creations to major television and film production companies including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures for use as television and film props.

Les talks about inventing the LUCY:

Some articles about Les and his creations:

11 years ago, he failed on ‘Shark Tank’ – now, he has a $300,000 investment offer from Daymond John
LUCY on Shark Tank – Modern Day Camera Lucida
Interview with Les Cookson: Maker of Historic Optic Devices—Robert Hirsch
LUCY is a magical drawing tool based on the classic camera lucida
Just looking at this camera obscura makes me happy
Witness the Rebirth of the Camera Obscura in This New Kickstarter
Inventor is Laughed off Shark Tank and Gets Funded on Kickstarter
This Zoetrope will have you mesmerized
Les' Kickstarter Projects