Sunday, June 21, 2015

Steering-Wheel-Mounted Sketch Rig

Amanda Williams from Western Australia says, "I've been using this home-made steering-wheel easel for a few years—great when it's uncomfortable outside. Easily made with scraps of wood and a couple of old drawer knobs." 

Thanks, Amanda. I'm glad you pulled over before using it! This would be especially good on a car where you can adjust the tilt of the wheel.
"I so enjoyed my copy of James Gurney's Gouache in the Wild! The practical painting knowledge is intensely useful and the insight he offers about his subjects makes you feel that you haven't lived until you've captured your experiences in paint!”
Nathan Fowkes, concept artist and professor at LAAFA

“Gurney has provided a much needed guide for painting in gouache — an often overlooked artists' medium that is deservedly gaining in popularity; every section is overflowing with his wealth of location painting knowledge and experience.”
Charley Parker, Lines and Colors

James Gurney has put together another wonderful video for beginning student and seasoned professional alike, packed with information and insights. This time he takes on the rarely discussed medium of gouache, handling it with both precision and abandon, taking the mystery and apprehension out of it. As always he offers useful tips with humor and excitement, sharing his experiences with both the medium and the pitfalls and enjoyment of painting outdoors. The sequence with the Brownies is pure painting magic. This video may bring an entirely new audience to the medium. Now we will have to learn how to spell gouache.
Dennis Nolan, Professor, Hartford Art School.

"James Gurney takes us on a fun and educational journey. It was such an enjoyable experience to be a fly on his shoulder as he creates one masterpiece after another. Makes me want to get out there and paint!"
Stan Prokopenko, founder of

"James Gurney's video Gouache in the Wild is an amazing mix of educational, aspirational and inspirational fun. James brings the concept of painting in gouache to life in a simple and light-hearted manner. I highly recommend this series.”
Jon Schindehette, Creative Director at Treehouse Brand Stores  
Own the 72-minute feature "Gouache in the Wild"
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Martha said...

Great idea!

HNK said...

Oh my god! I am super excited! I will buy your video!
About pochade boxes, thank you, I just made myself one.

Anonymous said...

This steering wheel "easel is a truly clever idea -- I'll be making one this afternoon. And as to the video, I'll be purchasing that tomorrow when it is available.

Anonymous said...

Just don't draw and drive.

Glenn Tait said...

Nicely done Amanda.

Love seeing the inspired product designs and ideas that get shared here. I think it's part of an artist's make-up to develop practical and functional tools of the trade.

David Teter said...

And also great because just like James, Amanda makes it from readily available and inexpensive materials. Practical is better sometimes because you get to what really matters sooner, making the art.

Rick_Hunter_666 said...

I was watching one of Glenn Vippu's videos a few days ago and i noticed he has a mounted strap on his sketching table. I am gonna do a similar arrange on mine , since it's actually pretty easy to mount one !!.