Sketchup Designs for Future Projects #1: Artist's Drawing Horse

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Blog entry by Jack Barnhill posted 07-29-2009 02:36 PM 14906 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My son has asked me to build an artist’s drawing horse for him so I put together this Sketchup (SU) model to work out the details.

For those who are not familiar with a drawing horse (as I was not), the artist sits on the horse facing the upright. The artist’s easel is placed in one of the groves near the upright and then leaned against the upright for support.

Naturally, I will post pictures of the completed horse when it’s done.

More detailed versions of the models with shop drawings will be available via my new website, as soon as I have it up and running.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 04:20 PM

Nice model. I used one of those in the 70’s-80’s in drawing classes from Jr. High – University. Can’t wait to see the real one when it’s done.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 05:33 PM

Also known as an Art Horse these easels have a long history in art instruction. A classic shape is a ‘hour glass’ bench. Think of it as a stool attached to an ‘easel’ with a thinner neck. It is a sweeping curve cutout on both sides in the middle of the bench (doing a quick image search I wasn’t able to locate an image, perhaps they don’t make the classic shape anymore). This provides more flexibile (and natural) leg placement during use. Also, have used ones that have the ‘stool’ area padded which adds greatly to the comfort of long drawing sessions. Since you are designing for a specific user I would also recommend you ‘measure’ his comfortable sitting height and design the height of the bench accordingly.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 01:19 AM

Thanks for the additional info, JLS. I was doing a take-off from a catalog picture. These suggestions will make the horse much more personalized.

Best regards,

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 01:20 AM

Good job

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