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10-14-2007, 05:52 PM
okay, ive just bought a lightbox but I was wondering how exactly do I use it? I know how to use it but what do I basically use it for? I know it seems dumb but Im going to start using it soon. Thanks in advance

L Jamal
10-14-2007, 06:39 PM
Why exactly did you buy it?

I bought a lightbox when I need to do a line drawing of a map for a web site. It's the only time, I ever used it and about 2 years later I sold it and never looked back.

Premature Inker
10-14-2007, 08:53 PM
I personally think lightboxing is a waste of paper and resources! NO OFFENSE to those whom use one but, if you take a look at the industry of comics and all,you'll see alot of ex-light-box artists whom use to swear by them and now don't because it is a wasted step.I think a drawing loses it's spontanaity when you use one..I can think of only one guy that could still pull off awesome drawings from Lightboxing his rughs and that was John Buscema.Learn to do your stuff right on the art board and build confidence.Of course don't do this without making page layout roughs or Thumbnails for action and composition...and storytelling most of all.


10-14-2007, 10:10 PM
It really depends. I personally tend to "work up" a drawing, so sometimes they can be kind of messy looking. If I had a light box, I'd have gone over the final lines and made it look much cleaner.

I'm sure, however, that Rob Liefeld and Greg Land could tell you other uses for the light box :p

10-14-2007, 11:53 PM
Lightboxing is my favorite type of boxing. My opponent doesn't hit as hard.

10-14-2007, 11:56 PM
Anyway, nowadays, people scan their work and then take panels, copy and paste it again and again to look like they drew another panel. Light boxes aren't as needed. I use mine occassionally if I want a scene to be similar and not lose the angle.

Gav Heryng
10-15-2007, 08:21 AM
I still use mine. I work out my page on a piece of A4 (8x11) printer paper, keeping it nice and rough and ripping that thing to pieces with an eraser until I'm happy with it. I like starting small because it's just quicker, gives me an easy view of the composition without having to step back from my drawing board and also makes perspective easier to draw because I don't end up with vanishing points four feet off my page. I then blow it up on a photocopier and loosely trace it onto a sheet of bristol. I think this is where some people go wrong by tracing too much. All I need is the gestures and layout. Once I've got that it's off the lightbox and back to the drawing board. Yes, it's an extra step, but for a poor ADD bastard like myself it breaks up the workflow a bit and I personally find I produce very clean final pencils very quickly. You've just gotta go with what's comfortable for you, and not try to force your methods and techniques onto others or discourage them from trying new things.


10-17-2007, 11:26 AM
I like to use my light box for drawing the perspective girds for my panels. The way I do it is - I draw my roughs on cheap 8.5 x 11 copy paper, blow it up, place a large piece of layout paper over it, then I work my perspective grids for each panel on the light board. My roughs never have accurate perspect, in fact, generally they are way off, so this process really helps me alot. From there I place my sequential page over that, and lightly draw some basic lines for my background buildings and things, as well as a basic line placeholder for the objects or persons in the foreground. Then I move to my drafting table and complete my page.

I know this is alot of work, but I'm like Bio, where my pages can get pretty messy. Especially when I change my mind about something. Also, I don't really like having bluelines directly on my pencils page, so having them underneath really helps at the start of the process.

10-19-2007, 04:20 PM
Light boxes are great.
You can do a really loose rough layout regular size and then put a piece of paper over it and refine it... You can do thumbnails and blow them up with a scanner then light box. ect.ect.ect.

10-20-2007, 07:51 AM
Viva la lightboxes! :har:
I admit there is a bit of fluidity and looseness that gets lost in the process..But for me the box is invaluable for correct placement of elements in your drawings. just promise me you'll use it for good and not use it to trace a bunch of female images from porn magazines like some of the industry giants. :cool:

Lord Fejj
10-25-2007, 11:30 PM
I have the curse of drawing small so I like to blow them up and slap em on a light table. I built a light table in my drawing table.