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meshpig
09-25-2008, 06:20 AM
When was the last time you used one?

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realtime
09-25-2008, 06:23 AM
Yesterday, I need all the help I can get.

hrgiger
09-25-2008, 06:25 AM
Drafting class in high school.

art
09-25-2008, 07:09 AM
Also in HS drafting class, approx. 17+ years ago. I still have that set at home.

T-Light
09-25-2008, 07:47 AM
Frisket cutting for airbrush masks, about twenty years ago.

JBT27
09-25-2008, 07:48 AM
Frisket cutting for airbrush masks, about twenty years ago.

Likewise :)

Julian.

cagey5
09-25-2008, 07:54 AM
I remember Bridget Bardot if that counts..

kyuzo
09-25-2008, 07:54 AM
I never used french curves much in design - I always preferred the bendy bit of rubber-encased-lead that I coul dbend into the shape I wanted...
I still use it from time to time.

meshpig
09-25-2008, 07:55 AM
Nice to hear. Just found a set whilst Spring cleaning and had to think about it.

They were like standard issue here from the very earliest schooling, HS TD aside ; pretty sure they're not from that long ago.

BeeVee
09-25-2008, 08:09 AM
You probably use them all the time in LightWave, they were invented by Pierre Bezier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Bezier) when he worked for Renault.

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Tom Wood
09-25-2008, 08:19 AM
Heh,

The AutoCAD folks in our firm didn't even know what triangles are used for. Parallel bar? Huh? A scale??

meshpig
09-25-2008, 08:26 AM
You probably use them all the time in LightWave, they were invented by Pierre Bezier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Bezier) when he worked for Renault.

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No, they probably come from the bosoms of madame de pompadour

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_de_Pompadour

way before monsieur Bezier was but a twinkle in the eye of.

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achrystie
09-25-2008, 08:56 AM
They have digital versions of the french curve in Artrage now....the technology is not dead. :D

http://www.ambientdesign.com/

Part of the stencils and rules feature.

Tzan
09-25-2008, 09:29 AM
The last time was when I was doing hand drafting pencil/ink in 1996.
So 12 years.

JeffrySG
09-25-2008, 09:39 AM
I used to use them all the time in college with my Rapidiograph pens.... but haven't used those pens in almost 20 years! doh!

The Dommo
09-25-2008, 12:20 PM
I remember french kissing. It happened to me once.

It was a Tuesday.

Iain
09-26-2008, 04:14 AM
I remember french kissing. It happened to me once.

It was a Tuesday.

See you again next Tuesday? :thumbsup:

People text that to me a lot,
C U Next Tuesday hmmmmm wonder what it means?

meshpig
09-26-2008, 04:58 AM
See you again next Tuesday? :thumbsup:

People text that to me a lot,
C U Next Tuesday hmmmmm wonder what it means?

"If it's Belgium, it's Tuesday" ... I didn't want to ask what's going down in Birmingham because I was a Chelsea supporter when I lived in the UK.

-I think a better option would be to maybe postpone it to a Wednesday?

steamthunk
09-26-2008, 05:42 AM
OMG Blender already has French Curves...Lightwave is finished if it doesn't get French Curves in version 10. :jester:

Um, 1989 is probably my real answer.

The Dommo
09-26-2008, 05:49 AM
"See you again next Tuesday?

People text that to me a lot,
C U Next Tuesday hmmmmm wonder what it means? "


"If it's Belgium, it's Tuesday" ... I didn't want to ask what's going down in Birmingham because I was a Chelsea supporter when I lived in the UK.

-I think a better option would be to maybe postpone it to a Wednesday?

:lol:

So are you english or from Aus, meshpig?

meshpig
09-27-2008, 04:07 AM
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So are you english or from Aus, meshpig?

From Aus just born and lived elsewhere by chance if you get what i mean??

Now, "it happened on a Tuesday"...do tell.

-See you next Tuesday means next week but not over the weekend like "take care" means why don't you also fall of a bridge.

m:)

meshpig
09-27-2008, 04:34 AM
OMG Blender already has French Curves...Lightwave is finished if it doesn't get French Curves in version 10. :jester:

Um, 1989 is probably my real answer.

Ha, ha!

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cresshead
09-27-2008, 08:47 AM
They have digital versions of the french curve in Artrage now....the technology is not dead. :D

http://www.ambientdesign.com/

Part of the stencils and rules feature.

exactly what i was going to write!:thumbsup:


artrage is cool!
currently playing with demo of painter x also

zapper1998
09-27-2008, 11:15 AM
Drafting class in high school.





Me 2

TripD
09-30-2008, 10:52 PM
I'd have to go with Sophie Marceau.

Silkrooster
10-02-2008, 07:00 PM
I used to use them all the time in college with my Rapidiograph pens.... but haven't used those pens in almost 20 years! doh!

Still have my set of pens. I even think I have the original bottle of ink. Not sure how much has evaporated if any.
Silk

gerry_g
10-04-2008, 02:24 PM
Sod French Curves I still have a Beam Compass, top that (and an extension bar) !!

shrox
10-04-2008, 02:43 PM
1990something, that and comp markers, rub down type, technical pens, rubylith, that stuff was expensive. Thank goodness we no long have to choose between drugs or art supplies.

shrox
10-04-2008, 02:46 PM
The French are funny.
Sex can be funny.
Comedy is funny.
Yet no French sex comedy is funny!

meshpig
10-05-2008, 09:59 AM
Sod French Curves I still have a Beam Compass, top that (and an extension bar) !!

Trumped!

- Those things are dangerous though... hope it's out of reach?

m:)

JohnMarchant
10-06-2008, 12:25 AM
Isabelle Gelle. My Wife, She's French so i would have to say that wouldnt i :):):)

rakker16mm
10-06-2008, 02:25 AM
Sometimes I feel cramped by the computer screen and like to draft on paper. SO I keep a set around. I used them last month.

jaf
10-06-2008, 08:30 AM
Man ..... it's been over 42 years since I used French Curves in a high school drafting class. Still have them along with my trusty eraser shield, beam compass with extension, proportional dividers, ellipse and circle templates, and a few mechanical pencils. Oh, and that little bag of rosen to clean up pencil lead smudges.

GATOR
10-07-2008, 07:45 AM
Cutting masks to airbrush FloroColor, so that would have been right up to the time I got a beta copy of Illustrator from this company called Adobe (maybe you heard of them).

At the same time I got a laserwriter.

Summer of 1986. It's been a wild ride since.

Don't miss breathing FloroColor fumes.