Improvising white light in a box

Improvising white light in a box

Whilst this deep snow is blanketing the ground I’m getting stuck into my own world of whiteness and how best to break it up with the thin black line. Of a tattoo design to be more specific. I know what the image is of since it has been fully discussed with the client, I know the size of the image since he’s told me specifically, I know how to draw since I’ve done it on numerous occassions over the years,  and how to colour in. So, really, you would think that it would be easy enough after that. And yet, it isn’t.

Part of the problem is the original drawing  to show the client was done in pencil on white cartridge paper. Nothing wrong with that, that’s what artists normally do. The problem to be more specific, is after the pencil drawing has been drawn out on an A3 sheet of cartridge paper I need to  transfer that pen drawing to another identical sheet of paper, and keeping the image exactly the same. And before any of you clever people mention the word *photocopier* I will add that the piece of paper in question is larger than my photocopier takes, and also that somehow a photocopier doesn’t pick up the fine lines of a drawing in the same way as a copy should do. So, its down to artist herself to make a copy. But the artist herself knows that she will probably have to make more than one copy as well. Due to the fact that there might have to be a couple of attempts at the shading just to get the colouring correct. And I don’t want to have to use the first drawing as I want to keep that pristine as my working drawing. So, how do I make a copy easily, time and time again?

The answer is with a light box. A clever invention that is basically a large shallow box, with a sheet of obscure glass with a light under it. You place the picture you want copied on the light box, you carefully place the blank sheet of paper over the top of it, and hey presto, the light shines through, and all you have to do is copy it line by line  and when you take the piece of paper away it is an exact replica of the drawing underneath. And whilst its a fabulous piece of equipment, there is just one small problem. And that problem is I haven’t got one.

So, what do you do, when you need a light box, but haven’t got one?

You look to the skies. Well, more exactly, the window actually.

And fortunately its been a bright day with sunshine reflecting off the snow outside, so all I had to do was put the original drawing flat on my window, put the blank sheet of paper over it, and carefully draw over the top in the same black pen. Ok, it was vertical which wasn’t ideal, but far easier than having to re-draw the whole image again from the start. So now I have my light box copies and a way of making more copies if need be.

 Yay! And now I can get on with putting some colour on it!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.