Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Portfolio Cases - Presentation is So Important

Whether you are an artist, an architect, a student or a teacher, a portfolio case is an item you simply must have.  Think of the Portfolio Cases as a brief case to safely encase and transport items of a more diverse size and nature than a standard brief case.

If you handle and or transport drawings, paintings or renderings, a portfolio allows you to conveniently protect and carry large bulky items.  Some models also allow you to carry your tools of the trade with you.

Cases come in a many different styles and configurations.  Hard sided, soft sided, thin, thick, large, small, utilitarian and elegant.

One of the most important aspects of a portfolio case is that your items will remain flat.  A flat drawing or piece of artwork is much easier to display for presentation or to work on than an item that has been rolled and carried in a tube or folded. 

Whether you are showing a drawing, blue print or piece of art work to a prospective client, presentation sets the mood of your meeting.  Very few things can be as frustrating to a potential customer as fighting with a drawing that has been rolled up and does not want to lay flat.  Your presentation is not going well if your possible client is letting out an audible sigh every time they have to roll out and hold down your drawing or artwork to look at it. 

As a student, you will probably not be using the best modes of transportation while transporting your projects to and from class.  You certainly do not want to have your grade on any given item to be negatively impacted by stains, creases, tears, etc.

A portfolio case that has room and or compartments for your scales, straight edges, pens, pencils, brushes, paint etc. will help to eliminate that horrible feeling of getting to your class or meeting and realizing that you forgot to bring your case that holds your tools of your trade.

Your potential client or teacher will be impressed with your display of organization when you open a high quality Portfolio Case and have everything you need to make a highly effective presentation.  In addition, everyone will be duly impressed if you also have the tools with you to make any required changes or alterations on a nice flat drawing or piece of artwork. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Straight Talk on a Straight Edge

Aluminum straightedges, rulers and scales are the most basic and necessary of drafting, drawing and hobby tools.  Fairgate aluminum rulers are made from hardened aluminum and have a durable non-glare finish.  They are durably marked in black numbers and graduations and come in lengths of 30, 36, 48, 60 and 72 inches.

A high quality straight edge is absolutely necessary when doing any type of lay out work.  Whether it is drafting, woodworking, upholstery or carpentry, a straight edge is critical.

Tape measures are fine for rough measurements but imagine how difficult it would be to make a precise segmented 72 inch long line with ¾ inch segments and ¼ inch spaces.  With the 72 inch Fairgate ruler it is as easy as place it, count and draw.

Imagine that you are in your workshop making a media cabinet with adjustable shelves.  You need to drill ¼ inch holes 2 inches apart and in a straight line for the shelf pins.  Just lay your 60 inch Fairgate ruler on the wood even with the edge and mark your holes.

Another scenario, you need to draw a series of 32 inch parallel lines on a drafting project but your parallel glider is only 24 inches long.  Simply lay your 36-inch straight edge against the parallel glider and draw your lines.  If you don’t have a parallel glider, simply measure down equally on each side of the drawing and make a small mark.  Lay your straight edge on the two marks and draw your line.  Measure down again on each side from the existing line and draw another parallel line.

Let’s say you are on a construction job and you need to mark a level 6 foot line across a wall but you only have a 3 foot level.  Just place your level against your 72 inch Fairgate ruler, level it up and mark away.

I’m sure you can come up with your own scenarios where you can see how useful a quality aluminum straight edge would be or situations where you wish you had one available.

When you hold these high quality tools in your hands you will realize that these are not just hardened aluminum rulers or straight edges, they are some of the most useful and versatile tools you can own.  Whether you are a drafter, a woodworker, a tinker or a tailor, you will appreciate these tools again and again.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Architectural Drawing Supplies

The art of architectural design and drawing requires more than just knowledge, imagination, straightedge and pen or pencil.  As we all should know, architecture includes much more than just designing the structure. 

Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, landscaping and even some interior furnishing aspects are included in the realm of Architecture.  More than ever before, architecture supplies have been expanded to include some of the most useful tools ever offered.

In addition to exciting new media such as papers, vellum and plastic films, templates are now available for just about any conceivable need and scale.  The standardization of symbols for electrical and plumbing fixtures has led to the creation of comprehensive templates available in the most common scales.  The use of such templates cuts down on drawing time and confusion when others are reading your drawings.

Architecture supplies not only include high quality straight edges and scales, but they can be purchased in different materials to better facilitate your use of pen or pencil on paper vellum or plastic film.  This also applies to compasses, dividers, French curves, adjustable curves, parallel gliders and rules. 

One area that demands the highest quality of materials is pen and ink.  We all know that the sharpest, most reproducible lines are achieved with pen and ink.  A quality pen tip and the proper type of ink must be matched to the paper, vellum or plastic film that you decide to use.  Very few things can be as frustrating as drawing a nice crisp line and then watching it bead up or bleed.  Speaking of which, when ordering your Architecture supplies, do not forget the many types and styles of erasers and of course to protect your drawing, an eraser shield.

Architecture supplies also include items needed after the drawing is made.  Storage of your drawings is a critical area that is often overlooked.  Whether you use drawing file drawers, hanging racks or tubes, be sure to match the storage method to the way the drawings will be used.

Last but certainly not least of your architecture supplies to be considered is the method of PRESENTATION.  Consider a high quality portfolio to present your drawings or blueprints to your client.  Not only will your drawings be protected from the elements and the rigors of transport, but your drawing will lie nice and flat when viewed by your client.  Think of a portfolio as a preview of the high quality presentation about to be viewed.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


One of the most important tools you can have for making high quality drawings on paper or film is an erasing shield. It is a thin polished piece of metal with geometric shapes and lines of varying sizes cut into it.

On the rare occasion that you make a mistake or want to remove a line, you place the eraser shield over the offending line and line up the appropriate opening in the shield to remove all or a portion of the line with an appropriate eraser (pencil or ink).

The purpose of the eraser shield is to minimize the area of your paper or film that is exposed to the abrasive effect of a pencil or ink eraser. Using the eraser shield also preserves the integrity of existing lines while making changes.

In a pinch, you can also use the eraser shield to create shapes, curves or lines but restrict this use to pencil only as ink may bleed under the shield.

But the proper way to create shapes and curves would be to use any of the numerous templates available. There are templates available for interior design, electricians, architects, plumbers, landscapers, etc. Templates are also available for just about any geometric shape and size that you can think of, not to mention curves and straight lines.

Also, be sure to use the proper eraser for the media you are using. Not only are there many erasers for pencil, but for ink also. You should also pick an eraser based on whether you are drawing on paper, velum, plastic film, etc. In addition erasers can be manual or motorized.

Another helpful hint is after you use the eraser shield and appropriate eraser to alter your drawing, remove everything from on top of your drawing and use a high quality brush to remove all debris from the surface and under your drawing. It is also a good habit to completely clean your drawing surface before even laying down the paper or film. It is also a good idea to brush the front and back of your paper or film to remove any debris that could be attracted by static electricity.

Dust is another item that can compromise the quality of your drawing. Supplies and drawings should be kept in drawers, cabinets or tubes. If you use a pencil, make sure your sharpener is away from your work surface, and wipe the dust off the lead before drawing.

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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