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Artist Tool Feature: Drawing Lightbox

A drawing lightbox is a very handy tool for artists as it helps draw with precision, particularly when tracing.

However, it can also be extremely useful for a variety of artists (or aspiring artists) and helps create better-looking pieces.

That being said, today I want to break down how lightboxes are used and how to pick the right one for your needs.

What is a drawing lightbox?

Drawing lightboxes are just like their name implies: a box with a glass surface that is backlit by LED lights.

It’s mostly used by illustrators to trace drawings and designs into paper, particularly for animations or preliminary drawings.

What are drawing lightboxes used for?

  • To trace images or patterns
  • To transfer your own sketches
  • To transfer elements from resource materials
  • Crafts like calligraphy and stained glass techniques

Tracing images saves time over drawing everything freehand. If you need your images to look similar or even the same, freehand is a risky path.

Plus, it ensures you’re able to catch details and make consistent artwork.

What to consider when buying your drawing lightbox

Brightness

In order to trace well, you need high quality LED lighting within your drawing lightbox with a maximum brightness of 4000 lux. It should be bright enough to shine through 2 sheets of thick paper.

If you need the lightbox for a different purpose (like photography or drawing without tracing), 1500-4000 lux should suffice.

Also, make sure your lightbox has adjustable brightness so you can adjust it as necessary and comfortable for your project.

Dimensions

Drawing lightboxes come in regular paper dimensions, like A4, A3 and A2. So consider what sized paper you want to work with.

If you need a more portable device, A4 is the better choice. Otherwise, go for the larger devices.

Price

Drawing lightboxes are very affordable. They go for anything between $20 – $100, depending on the size, brightness and power supply.

The non-dimmable options tend to be much cheaper, so if price is a strong consideration, you can save by selecting a lightbox without adjustable brightness.

How to Spot an Authentic Work of Art

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Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

One of the problems of people who are purchasing pricey things now is that the piece they might be purchasing is not authentic. We have already heard reports about people who have purchased paintings only to find out that those paintings have been cleverly made. The sad part is the con artists were able to get away with the money. In order to spot an authentic work of art, doing a personal background check on the seller would also help. You should check if the person is considered to be an authentic seller and if the person has had a lot of successful sales in the past. The background of the seller would let you know if the person should be trusted or not. Lastly, it might be a good idea to have an expert also analyze the artwork that is being sold to you, this way, you can be sure that you will not be taking out a huge amount of money for a fake item.

Image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa

The Many Facets of Digital Art

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There are some types of digital art that people are not too familiar with. Some of the types are vector, pixels and fractals. These arts are made differently. Basically, vectors are mathematically made by a program. This means that you can edit them out without worrying about the resolution being too small or too big. Pixels on the other hand are dependent on the resolution because they are commonly edited out with some applications that might lower their resolution and will make the image blurred. Fractals are also dependent on math. There are some programs that are made specifically to show different fractals. With all these that are available, creating a website will be easy as long as you know what you would like to put.

Why Doodle Art is Popular

Doodle art is very popular because a lot of artists do it. There are world renowned artists that have first started to realize their love for art because of the doodles that they did. It is true that doodle art is popular but there are also some skeptics because they think that there is nothing so special about it because everybody doodles especially when they are bored. Some even say that doodle art is not that much different from color brochure printing wherein some of the brochures will already look similar even though they have been printed to promote different things. Doodle art is popular because it reaches out to people and makes them realize that anything and everything can actually be beautiful. A doodle that is so simple may mean a thousand words to someone.

Doodle above courtesy of my son’s classmate.