The ComicMaster Lightbox. What more is there to say but Wow? The surface area is large, but the lightbox itself is not.
Back in the day, (well, okay, maybe not *that* long ago), most lightboxes were huge. I mean, giant boxes of wood with florescent tubes inside that flickered when they came on and often had a darkened line down the center if the light didn’t overlap well.
The ComicMaster measures less than an inch think, not a foot, like the last box I used. This also means it weighs nothing by comparison to many other lightboxes out there. Easy to use then stash away to clear table space. Always a big plus when you have a small studio like I do! And the light itself is incredible.
LEDs keep the surface nice and cool while really lighting up the room. I had no trouble seeing my light pencil sketch through the heavy Copic Marker Sketchbook paper, even with all of my studio lights on. (And there are a lot of them.) With all of the lights on, my husband even commented on just how bright the LEDs are.
I did have to turn the studio lights off for tracing a black and white photo printout, but as soon as the lights went out, even the photo was clear as day through the thickness of the Sketchbook paper. I particularly love the “legs” on the underside. You can prop up the lightbox up both horizontally and vertically, to make long-term tracing more comfortable. (Good for inking those detailed pieces.)
All in all, if you’re going to spend the money on a lightbox, spend the money on a good lightbox that will last you a long time and not take up lots of precious studio space.
Disclosure: Brandi York was compensated with a ComicMaster Lightbox in exchange for her review.