When drawing the inside elements, do you start at the knob in the center of the scroll and work your way toward the end, or do you start at the end and work your way toward the center? Just curious as to how various engravers begin the process.
For me, it is the center. Or from wherever allows me to tilt the graver towards me when cutting. Tilting away from me, whether cutting on the inside or outside of a curve brings inconsistent line width. If you could help me understand why, I would appreciate it. Also, I hold the graver with the thumb over the top of the graver. When I HAVE to tilt away, I use my index finger on top of the graver, which seems to help. Weird huh?
I have always started at the end (begining) of the scroll and work towards the center. Even when drawing the backbone. It just seemed logical to follow the flow and correct your spacing as you draw to the center. Most of my scroll drawing skills were developed thru books & what I read on sites like this and I have never heard of anyone mentioning where you start. Good question Sam and it will be interesting to hear from others.....JohnR
I start at the end for both inside work and the spine itself although I usually go back to the end to add the knob. Outside work varies with design and area to be filled and degree of background/forground ratio. Fred
interesting question. other than perhaps in the rare instance where an intricately intertwined layout requires 'backing out' a tiny part of the design from the center of the scroll, it would never occur to me to draw- or cut- the internal details of a scroll from anywhere but its origin, or what you've labeled the 'end'...
anyone care to comment on the pros & cons of each way?
I work from the end and always in the counter clock wise direction,I have alway had a problem cutting the back bone and the inside elements of the scroll in the clock wise direction.When cutting the clock wise scrolls I cut it from the inside out in the counter clock wise direction,yet.J.J.