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956. There are many forms, plans and arrangements which may be adopted in constructing an inexpensive ground floor studio. One which has proven a great success, for use in small towns where ample space may be had, and which permits of every inch of space within the walls of the building being utilized, is herein described, and is recommended to any one desirous of constructing such a building. The full interior dimensions of this building are 16 x 32 feet, yet the exact size is optional, and one should be governed by the space they have at their command. This studio is supplied with the skylight-room, reception-room, dark-room, as well as printing and finishing-rooms. (See diagram of floor plan, Illustration No. 105.)
Skylight-Room. The partition which separates the skylight-room from the other rooms runs diagonally from the front of the building to within five feet of the back. The dimensions are clearly given on the floor plan, the heavy black lines representing the partitions between the rooms. By this arrangement one has use of the full length of the building for a skylight-room, and it is possible to-use a lens of fairly good focal length for bust work especially. For full length figures and groups the room is of ample length to work conveniently. The skylight itself may be single or double-slant light. If single-slant it should not be larger than eight feet wide by ten feet high, extending into the room at the top about four feet, and the bottom of the light beginning at three feet from the floor. The slant of the light is about 20° from the perpendicular. Ground-glass will, of course, be the best to use for the skylight, yet if you do not care to go to the expense of procuring this glass, plain glass may be employed, and if you so desire, tissue or paraffine paper may be pasted in contact with the under side of the glass, in order to diffuse the light.
Covering Skylight With Tissue Paper. The simplest method of covering a skylight with tissue paper is to melt lard into a large metal tray and float the sheet of tissue paper on the bath of molten lard. By drawing it over the edge of the tray it is thoroughly drained, and may
Illustration No. 105 An Inexpensive Studio - Floor Plan.
See Paragraph No. 956 be placed against the glass, and with a soft cloth rubbed into contact. This tissue paper should be cut the exact size, before floating; this will save trimming afterwards. A skylight so covered will last for at least two years without renewing.
959. For all around work in a small studio the hip or double-slant light is recommended, with a side-light 4 ft. high by 8 ft. long, beginning 3 1/2 ft. from the floor, and a skylight 8 ft. square, set at an angle of about 45 degrees. This will give a good working light.
CHILD PORTRAIT STUDY Study No. 50 Geo. J. Parrot.
CHILD PORTRAIT STUDY Study No. 51 - See Page 584 J. M. Pottenger.