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Adjustable Triangle

(Link to video on Facebook) The client wanted a warm, handmade look for their logo, so I painted it in gouache.


The tool I use at the beginning is an adjustable triangle / protractor which lets you rule a consistent slope of a known angle. It also has an "inking edge," which is beveled so that the ink or paint won't crawl under it.




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5 Comments on Gurney Journey: Adjustable Triangle

  • Glenn Tait
    on January 27, 2018 | 10:38 Glenn Taitsaid :
    "This is great, very old school, though back in the day it probably would have been done in black ink, but red would have worked well in a stat camera. I am amazed that Alvin still has enough of a market to produce many of the traditional items they offer, like the adjustable set square. I purchased a Parallel Glider (in essence a portable rolling T-Square) from them a year and a half ago. Nice to see a hand crafted logo."
  • Alan Anderson
    on February 18, 2018 | 04:59 Alan Andersonsaid :
    "That brings me back to my early drafting days. I still use them!!!!"
  • babangada r
    on March 04, 2018 | 09:52 babangada rsaid :
    "Hi Jim...How would this be for perspective lines in a drawing? Jada
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  • James Gurney
    on March 05, 2018 | 11:10 James Gurneysaid :
    "Jada, I don't think it would be any special help for perspective lines, since a plain straightedge is really what you need. However, it would be great for maintaining a constant slant in lettering."
  • Ted B.
    on October 16, 2018 | 23:18 Ted B.said :
    "I've been using the same battered, cracked and taped-up adj. triangle for the last 30-years; drafting, lettering, sketches. It's tricky to find the ones with Architects' roof-pitches on them. The adjuster-knob makes for a convenient handle."
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