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BASIC DRAWING / OFFICE EQUIPMENT - 3

V. Ryan © 2005

 

When drawing, sketching or attempting basic graphics work the equipment shown below is very useful and sometimes essential.

   

Circle templates are very useful. They are plastic with a number of accurate circles cut out. They are used to draw circles of set diameters/sizes and are particularly useful if the circle is small. Small circles are difficult to draw using a traditional compass because the compass can easily slip on the paper. With a template, the circle diameter is selected and a sharp pencil is used to draw round the cutout circle.
Ellipse templates are similar to circle templates and these are useful for drawing ellipse / oval shapes accurately.

   

A craft knife is used to cut out card shapes It is important that a steel ruler is used as the sharp blade of the craft knife is less likely to slip. a cutting mat should be placed below the card being cut. Also, if a plastic ruler is used the knife can easily cut into its straight edge, damaging it. Great care must be taken when using a craft knife as they are very sharp, if they slip they can cut hands and fingers very badly.

   

A scissors is used for general cutting and shaping of paper and card. Generally, scissors very safe, unlike craft knives that can slip causing ‘nasty’ accidents. However, they must still be used with care.

 

 

Pencil sharpeners are essential for sharpening pencils. Accurate drawings cannot be produced unless they are sharp. However, when shading a blunt pencil is sometimes useful.

 

A craft knife can also be used to sharpen pencils. Normal pencil sharpeners tend to shorten the lead as the sharpener is turned. This means that the pencil needs sharpening often. On the other hand when using a craft knife, the lead can be left quite long. Also, a small piece of glass paper can be used to give a precise edge to the lead. A ‘chisel’ shaped point is ideal for drawing accurate lines.

   
 
   

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