Where do you get good but cheap drawing tables from?

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Where do you get good but cheap drawing tables from?

Post by Magnet » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:37 pm

Hey I live in the UK and I think really need a good drawing table if I'm going to do comics for a living. I know some can draw with out and that's amazing but I think I really need one. I want one a bit like Kazu's that is shown on his 'Amulet' production photos. Anywhere I can get one a bit like this or just a cheap drawing table of any kind?

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Post by Kazu » Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:16 pm

I don't know how much they charge to ship to the UK, but I would recommend Dick Blick...

http://www.dickblick.com/categories/tables/
http://www.dickblick.com/customerservice/shipping/

I bought my table at Swain's in Glendale, but I know Blick carries it too.
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Post by Magnet » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:08 am

Thanks Kazu, I've chosen a few to think over and I've emailed them about shipping so it's only a matter of cost now I think...

Thanks again and God bless with your work on Amulet Book 2 and your life in general...

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Post by Tony » Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:01 pm

A long time ago I bought an EXCELLENT drawing table from IKEA! Not too bulky, but still really sturdy... great pencil trough... then they stopped making them.

But NOW they have a different kind of awesome drawing table, and it has glass panel that you can mount a light underneath... if I were buying a table now, that would be the one.

Ahh, in true IKEA fashion:
TABLETOP: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20103605
LEGS: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20070662

Hmmm... perhaps not the most flexible work surface, but it does look like it's decently height-adjustable.

Sadly, our apt. is too small, and so now I draw on a piece of hardboard on my lap while I'm curled up on the couch.

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Post by Kazu » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:28 pm

Hey Tony, the problem with that particular table is that it's one of the hollow ones (like the Vika Amon tables). It's kind of like drawing on a door or some drywall. I recommend the Galant desks, with the A-legs. You can adjust them in such a way that you can prop the surface up at an angle if you want to. The solid, sturdy surface feels good to draw on, and the A-legs are a lot sturdier than the T-legs.
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Post by dart32 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:28 am

I found this place that sells drafting tables in the UK - though buying from the US might still be cheaper even with the shipping.

UK
http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/acatalog/D ... oards.html

US
http://www.rexart.com/drafting_tables.html
http://www.utrechtart.com/dsp_view_prod ... sID=211310

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Post by Tony » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:47 pm

Kazu wrote:It's kind of like drawing on a door or some drywall. I recommend the Galant desks, with the A-legs.
Really? hm. They looked good in the catalogue. Is there no solid one? I have my PC on a Galant desk and it's a good surface, as is the old ikea drawing table i had... i just assumed it was similar.

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Post by jshamblin » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:18 pm

I haven't seen these in person, but I like the simple wooden design.

Architect's Desk – Dark Walnut

Architect's Desk - Light Pine

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Post by JakeKalsbeek » Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:57 pm

Since this topic was helpful in pointing me in the right direction I thought I post the table I ended up selecting. I recently purchased the Alvin Workmaster Drafting table from Blick Art Materials in Berkley for $229.99. They sell this table online too but for some reason it doesn't tell you the size of the drawing surface.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz501/33/

It doesn't have any handy places to hold pencils and stuff but is nice and sturdy (which is a major problem I found for most drawing tables under $200) and has a drawing surface of 36"x48". I haven't done a ton of drawing on it but I'm happy with it so far.

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Post by Magnet » Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:22 am

Well guys I have picked a board and bought it from artdiscount.com

It's the Craft Master Hobby Station on the page that dart32 posted. So thank you dart32!! :D

And thanks to everyone that helped me to find a board... I wish you all happy drawing...

God bless everyone and thank you 8)

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Post by Steven » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:17 pm

I think Blick is probably your best choice, but before buying one on the internet, it might be wise to look around at some art stores in your area. I found one that was having a closeout sale and saved a lot of money on a table.

-Steven C.

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drawing table with glass from ikea: any good?

Post by ennazuSSuzanne » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:23 am

Hey people!

I saw this on the internet: http://www.ikea.com/nl/nl/catalog/products/20103605

It has a glass section and a pencil tray.

Does anybody have any experience with this? Please let me know!

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