Limbus Lab

Limbus Lab is the lifelong experiment of Andrew Maxwell-Parish. It is exploring the intersection of art, design, technology, and education.

It operates under the simple method of coming up with an idea, testing it, and documenting the results.

I first saw this technique of drawing with a 3-axis CNC machine from my colleague, Chris Parsell. It allows you to draw very accurate drawings of high contrast images with a waterbrush. The conical shape of the brush allows you to control the thickness of the line based on the depth it is pushed into the paper. Chris was using traditional CAM software to do this and I wanted to try and automate it so you could take an image or upload an image and have the CNC immediately start drawing.

I've spent some time trying to draw images with just random lines. I like the idea of having a machine that creates the same output but each one is unique. The January before both Prince and David Bowie died, I was using images of them for testing these different types of drawings. I'm a little worried about drawing any living artist I admire now...

I did a cover design for the Galveston music zine, Wake. I used the same random line drawing program from the David Bowie tests.