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Lighting for an art studio

Light for an artist is a tool just like paint brushes and paints. Making good art often depends upon the quality of light in the artist's studio. To achieve maximum results, lighting types in a studio should vary.

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An artist needs a variety of lights in order to fully do his job. Artist Nena Leland recommends full-spectrum lighting for the most consistent results. However, natural lighting as well as incandescent and florescent lighting also find their places in an artist's studio.


Drama in lighting comes from the artist using the light in the studio a specific way. For example, if an artist is trying to create a nostalgic feeling in her art, a wash of lights without harsh shadows will help her create that. On the other hand, using hard shadows helps an artist create a film noir look.


When working with lights, an artist should be careful not to allow his artwork to get too close to studio lights. Many lights get very hot and will damage artwork and/or cause fires. Even artwork stored too close to a window is susceptible.

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About the Author

Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.

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