AR Art Projector: Da Vinci Eye 12+

Draw trace and sketch images

Da Vinci Eye LLC

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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Da Vinci Eye is used by thousands of creatives from painters to bakers to make incredible artwork. The app is not just for tracing, it offers a wide range of drawing tools, lessons, daily drawing prompts, and a supportive community to share your artwork!

IMPORTANT!: Please read how this app works below and the device requirements for AR Mode BEFORE purchasing.


• Create incredible artwork from your own photos
• Make hyper-realistic drawings with our strobe feature
• Record time-lapse videos of your drawings
• Separate images into layers by color value, then view those areas on your canvas
• Easily learn the fundamentals of drawing
• Breakdown any image into step-by-step instructions
• Video tutorials
• Use filters to make drawing even easier
• Zoom in to capture micro details in your drawings
• Connect with our community to share your artwork
• Insanely fast customer support!


• Bakers
• Cartoonists
• Tattoo Artists
• Illustrators
• Fiverr Designers
• Hobbyists
• Makeup artists
• Nail Technicians
• Animators

No matter what skill level you’re at — Da Vinci Eye is here for you!


How many times have you been drawing a portrait for hours only to realize that the nose or the eye is in the wrong place? You can use Da Vinci Eye to layout artwork before you begin or even check your work as you progress.

Having a hard time seeing where lights or darks go? Breakdown images into layers by color value. Then virtually project those layers on top of your image. You can see exactly where to place the darkest darks, mid-tones, and highlights.


Check out our inspiration section for user uploaded reference photos. If you have a great pic, you can even upload your own content for other artists to draw.


We have lessons using our unique patent-pending learning method. You can also turn ANY photo into a step by step shading drawing lesson.


Based on a tool that has been used by artists for centuries, this app is a digital version of a Camera Lucida.

You suspend your iPhone or iPad above or in front of your canvas with a stand, tall glass, or other objects easily found around your house.

When you look through your phone, you will see both the image and the canvas simultaneously. It's similar in functionality to an art projector or light box, but with the ability to do so much more.

You can draw on any surface, zoom in to draw micro details in your drawing, and you don't have to draw in the dark.


Using Da Vinci Eye, you will be training your eye to recognize proportions and draw with shading while training your hand to translate precise lines and strokes on paper. You’ll learn faster and more efficiently using our proven techniques compared to any other app.


To use AR mode, you must have an A10x or A11 processor and above. We recommend using:

– iPhone 8 and newer (iPhone 7 and below will not work)
– iPad Mini 5th Generation and newer
– iPad Air 2019 and newer
– iPad Pro 3rd Gen (Any pro made after 2018) and newer


AR mode anchors your image to an object in the real world. This lets you move your canvas or phone, and the drawing and projected image will stay aligned.

Classic mode is like a normal art projector, where if you move your phone or canvas, the drawing will no longer be aligned.

AR mode is especially useful for drawing or painting on an easel. However, in most cases, Classic mode will achieve the same result.


Download Da Vinci Eye today! No one ever regretted sharpening their drawing skills.

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What’s New

Version 4.4.7

We've launched a fantastic new section where you can explore a vast collection of inspirational photos shared by our creative community. With the latest update, we've tackled some quirks from iOS 17 and introduced and enhanced the scrolling of the community drawing feed. Also, keep an eye out for some enhancements to our breakdown mode, which if you haven't checked it out, lets you transform any photo into a detailed, step-by-step tutorial. Your feedback is invaluable to us. Whether it's a bug report, a feature suggestion, or just a friendly hello, don't hesitate to get in touch through the app's contact form located in the side menu. As always thank you so much for your support in making this project possible!

- Sam & Charissa
4.4.6 / 4.4.7 -> Minor updates
4.4.3 / 4.4.4 / 4.4.5 -> Special Events Sections added
4.4.1 / 4.4.2 -> Minor Updates
4.4.0 -> Secret Feature to be announced soon!
4.3.8 / 4.3.9 / -> Bug fixes and Improvements
4.3.7 -> Some behind the scenes improvements
4.3.6 -> Gobble Gobble! We've fixed a few bugs, and improved some features

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

vroncb ,

Creativity unlocked!!

I am ecstatic that this app exists. It’s completely unlocked my creative potential. I love drawing and creating, but as a true amateur, am never very happy with my results. With this tool, my ability to execute is unbelievable. Now I can focus on my style and the fun (for me) part of drawing and creating, instead of being frustrated by proportion. Thank you for making this. And thank you for going on shark tank and bringing this app’s existence into my awareness. I can’t wait to get home from work each day to draw. I bought a new sketchbook because my work is so much better and want to keep it separate from my old stuff. I’m obsessed and I want to show everyone!

I also love the social aspect of the app. Keep playing that up! So great to have a space away from other social media with just art made with this method. I wish I could see everyone’s interpretation of the daily inspiration. I post mine but they don’t show up below the photo, so I assume more people are posting theirs.. and I want to see them!

Thank you again for this! Worth every penny.

SueKate ,

Love Da Vinci Eye!

This is definitely my favorite app! I’ve had so much fun with it and areas of my art have vastly improved. I now get drawings with tricky compositions right on my first try. It’s especially helpful when drawing animals and people—getting them properly proportioned, with eyes exactly where they belong, and getting the shading just right. The breakdown mode for shading is fantastic, and the strobe feature is also extremely helpful. Any problems I’ve had have received clear and friendly help—and incredibly fast. A tutorial will be made addressing an issue I’ve had, so user needs receive very focused attention and are even welcomed.

Da Vinci Eye was a gift, and I was amazed to find out how little it costs. I would gladly have paid several times over its price tag. There’s so much more to this app than I expected, and I’m looking forward to whatever enhancements may be in its future. I truly believe this is an essential tool for artists of all levels!

22Woof22 ,

Love it

I first started using the app to try to faithfully replicate my favorite reference photos. But with daily use over the past couple of months, I’ve started using the app to make the shift from drawing “what I know the subject to be,” to observing and drawing the shapes, contours, and shadows in my reference photos, then watching the subjects emerge from those.

Didn’t think I would care about the social feature, but I’m finding that I really enjoy it. I’d kind of like to see this expanded a little, if only to give artist the option of writing a line or two about the medium they used or something about their process. It might also be nice to be able to post comments, or DM other artists to ask questions…although I can imagine that going all kinds of sideways, so maybe not.

Anyway, it’s a versatile app that I see myself continuing to use for a long time.

App Privacy

The developer, Da Vinci Eye LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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