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Steelmillal

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Show Us Your Curves
« on: March 09, 2020, 04:31:12 AM »
In an earlier epoch, I used to build wooden boats. While looking for pattern drafting curves, I found a pair of ship curves reminders...







Given human size ranges, and something I recently read on a Russian site about proportion, the possibility for artistic curves are broad indeed. Also, this thread may inspire newbie-umsie to post draft efforts for critique help...


So, show us your curves!


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Re: Show Us Your Curves
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2020, 09:52:59 AM »
A few more for inspiration...










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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2020, 09:56:53 AM »
And some that can be clip sniped, printed, and duplicated...







...The alvin curves above are a shelf item that can be ordered...




...The ships curves here are in every marine architects books starting way back. L. Francis Herreshoff books always have pages on them. I'm sure Scandinavian books have better...

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Re: Show Us Your Curves
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2020, 08:49:34 PM »
Nice! So many hips, so many curves  :)

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2020, 01:19:49 AM »
Yup! Hips, darts, waists, sleeves, armscye, collars, etc... And over here in the States, we've grown some very large kids lately. I've a tall niece whose boyfriend is 6'6", 325#, and all neck! I think being skilled in drafting accurately will continue to be useful in the coming years, especially as factory standardization frustrations brings cause for individual style and expression, let alone disproportionate figure fit...


...So on that note if anyone wishes for the endless variety of sweeps, type into your browser "NACA airfoil curve pdf" and read away. What will come up, as well as many Uni papers, is old date for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which became NASA in 1958. X/Y Coordinates are there to hand draft curves, or design your own without need of CAD, with just pencil and paper and an eraser...

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Re: Show Us Your Curves
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2020, 12:40:15 PM »
Thought I was looking at Boomerangs and throw sticks from Australia.
Over time, if you draw a lot, it might be helpful to use drawing aids less and less. It takes lots of consecration.

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Re: Show Us Your Curves
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2020, 02:17:30 PM »
I do own a few curves but I have rarely ever found the right curve for what I have to do so I draw them by hand which is infinitely flexible, all it takes is a bit of practice and know what you are looking for.
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Re: Show Us Your Curves
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2020, 01:58:06 AM »
Even bricks fly. We used to see them lots in 1980s NASCAR.  ;D

I draw horrible curves and need aids. Too much engineer, too little artist.

Anyway, while recently looking for new curves online, I saw one that reminded me of a wing's cross section, and it made me pull Abbott's wing book out. Figured to share easy data for what I found useful to make v. purchase.

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2020, 10:30:24 AM »
Apart from a common thick acrylic French curve, I also have two thin, wooden curves I found at a flea market. They were made quite locally on Lauwerecht in Utrecht. I'm guessing around the '40s or '50s. The ends are cut with an ornamental edge.

One is a simple hip curve (with about two inches snapped off the end) and the other is very curved at the wide end, so works for armholes. I also use the first one for shaping long lapels. I got all these in a job lot of wooden drawing aids - two T-squares and a long flat straight. Also a very nice metre stick with a brass end ferrule and brass block at the thumb-point near the handle. It has a 'H' with a crown over it engraved in the wood. Don't know who made it though.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2020, 03:01:16 PM »
Some time ago I bought a couple of squares that both had a long curve on one side but the person I was going to give them to has passed away.
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