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Why Would You Need A Light Box For Drawing?

Updated on August 17, 2011

Lightboxes For Drawing

A lightbox is a useful piece of kit that should be a part of your art equipment and there are numerous uses for having one.

To trace a drawing, some might say say it's a cheat, but other artists often trace original drawings or just the shape of something and then I can develop the drawings into something entirely different.

A lightbox provides a brilliant underlighting illumination on your piece of paper, making it easier to see a drawing on top of a blank piece of paper.

Lightboxes are an ideal tool for animators and illustrators or even tattoo designers and they are easy to make if you wanted to.

A lightbox has many uses for the artist and the main use I use them for is to trace and repeat patter such as borders or other patterns like on a tribal tattoo and I could therefore merge two seperate designs together by tracing the previous one on top of the other.

Animators use a good quality lightbox so they can trace the underlying image and alter it slightly and they create the illusion of animation by creating cels of ordered sheets that they have traced and worked on with the lightbox and these are then captured with a camera taking a shot of each individual drawing.

Once you start using an artists lightbox, you'd be surprised at how you got along without one to begin with, I'm using mine more now than I used to and that's because they are a useful part of your art equipment..

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Lightboxes For Drawing

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      Naomi 5 years ago

      I was given Light Box and wondered what the h... I was supposed to do with it. Thanks to your short tutorial, I am raring to get started using it. Thanks. How generous of you people to help such a beginner as I am.

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yay! Great idea lol!....Yes you've won a few of my beardy hairs...well done!

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      so you can store your drawings somewhere like a box, and it never gets heavy?

      I THINK I WON! WWOOOOHHHHHHHHHHoooooooooooooo???

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers for your tutorial Melissa that is an excellent lightbox resource to save money that's for sure!

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      melissa 7 years ago

      These are so useful but can be kind of expensive. I found a pretty good online tutorial for a nice one.

      http://www.eleventyhandmadedesign.com/2009/10/home...

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Tracing is the best, just imagine having a time travel machine and going back and tracing all the famous paintings with coloured crayons and taking credit for it all, fame fortune and some knock off masterpieces.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Interesting article and how could anyone forget about tracing? :-) That's what people like me who can't draw---draws!

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      Wayne Tully 8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Now that's a good idea, just remember to trace even badly so they look original and tag em so they end up being searched for the right keywords.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Tracing! That's it! I had an idea of drawing images to illustrate my hub pages, but I suck at drawing.

      Thanks for reminding me of tracing. :)

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