I got an excellent present this year. My bro-in-law built me an animator's lightbox based on the diagram in the back of Preston Blair's excellent book, Cartoon Animation.
Here are a few images of the box itself.
This is the front. You can see the fluorescent bulb. It's better for the environment.:-) Also through the glass you can see the marks from my tenure as a painting student. I'm messy.
Here is a larger 3/4 view (click on the image to see it full size). The edges of the box are rounded smooth.
I also bought some 10-field student paper from Lightfoot's Cartoon Supplies. The box will take up to 12f paper. I got the round hole paper and two round-peg bars--one for the box and one for my scanner--because they are geared toward students. Let's face it I don't know what I'm doing.
I also received The Animator's Workbook by Tony White.
And last but certainly not least is the book that started me thinking about the box in the first place.
Well I hope that you all had a happy holiday season. It looks like I have my work cut out for me in the new year.