Tuesday, April 7, 2015

3 Tips for Using the Alvin Portable Drawing Board

A portable drawing board allows anyone to have a professional work surface that can be set up fast in any location. This is very convenient when traveling, going to school or just looking for a change of scenery at work. Three tips will help anyone when using the Alvin portable drawing board.

Rely On the Parallel Rule for Support

A portable drawing board is very convenient although it is necessary to use it differently than a full drafting table. The first tip is to rely on the parallel rule for support when drawing. Drafting on a portable board sometimes requires touching the surface more in order to stabilize hands and tools to get solid lines. Touching the paper too much can lead to smears, stains and other marks caused by the oils or substances on the hand. Use the parallel rule as a hand rest when attempting to draw on the board to protect the surface.

Sit In the Correct Position Every Time

The Alvin portable drawing board cannot be adjusted as much as a conventional drafting table. This means the angle of the board is limited to what can be achieved with the legs and the tractor feet. It is important to consider this when using the board. Perspective issues can occur when sitting in an incorrect position in front of the board. Those slight perspective differences will become highly noticeable once the drawing is viewed straight on. Sit in a position where the board is not trailing off in the distance at the top and all corners appear at right angles.

Choose and Prepare the Underlying Surface Carefully

The surface the portable drawing board is set on is important. If the surface is not stable, then the board will rock and move with the underlying table. Choose a stable and flat surface where the board can be set down firmly without any problems. Make certain the board does not move or slip when pressure is applied. Try to choose a flat and even surface to prevent other issues. The surface under the board will make a huge difference when drafting.


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