There are a ton of curve stencils on the market, but US photorealist Dru Blair has found new ways and means to optimize this stencil classic. The “Smooth-Edged French Curve“ offers common shape of a curve stencil, but in the interior, the stencil also includes an organic texture from randomly arranged and variously large points. With it, edges and textures can be established all at once without having to switch up stencils. An additional special feature of the stencil is the presence of a ”pimple“ on the one side of the stencil. The small elevations ensure that the stencil doesn’t just lie flush on the surface, but rather has a light ”hovering“. This is how sharp edges become a bit softer and appear more natural. If you don’t need this option, the raised areas can be removed carefully with abrasive or sandpaper.
The second stencil model, the “Organic Edge French Curve“ also disposes of the practical curve form, the texture points, and the one-sided pimple structure. However, its exterior edge is not as smooth and straight as you’re probably used to, but rather very lightly tattered. Thanks to this additional feature, the natural, organic edges can – much like in nature or in portraits – be designed in an even more realistic manner. Because in nature, “hard edges“ are never really sharp and smooth.
Both stencils are each available in three different sizes and are fabricated out of solvent-resistant Mylar. The plastic material is translucent, flexible, and reusable. It has also been cut using the most precise of laser technology.
The Smooth-Edged French curve is – depending on size – available starting at 7.95 $. The Organic Edge French Curve is available starting at $12.95.