I had been wanting a light table for a while for sensory play with the kids, but they also come in handy for drawing and illustration for grown ups. Using a drawing light table makes it much easier to trace, allowing you to duplicate your own previous works, use templates or incorporate bits from different illustrations onto one piece of paper.
The Transotype drawing light table is just larger than A4 size, allowing you to work with A4 paper and is about as thin as a tablet, and light to carry. It comes with a mains adapter, and the light level is dim-able via the switch you can see within the wire below. It really couldn’t be any simpler to use, and it gives a strong even light – much easier to work with than DIY light tables I have come up with myself previously!
The power of the light shining from below means that if you place a paper onto the light table, and then place another on top, you will be able to see the lower piece and trace those lines on to your 2nd piece of paper. You could then replicate the entire piece, which some illustrators do allowing them to have multiple copies of illustrations to colour in different ways, or trace just the outline allowing you to fill in your template in a different way from the first.
I used this simple technique to make a quick tracing doodle of my name in decorated letters.
Once the pictures are done, I scan them in and then fill the pencil lines in with black using Photoshop.
I’ll share these finished colouring sheets with you really soon in a new post.
If you like to make your own colouring pages or illustrations, what tools and methods have you tried? I would love more ideas!
Of course the light table is fun for sensory play too, it’s fun to let the kids join me and experiment with different colours on the light. I’ll share more light table sensory play ideas soon!