This is my workspace. I am pretty proud of it, because- though I have tried many many times, It's has been very hard for me to find (or create) a space that really works for me. Part of the trouble in this house is finding a space that is far enough away from toddler hands yet close enough for me to keep an eye on everyone. In the end, the ideal spot turned out to be a corner of my kitchen. The reason I never used this area before is that it's only a "corner" if you cut off one entrance to the kitchen that is entirely superfluous. Once that doorway was out of commission, it created said 'corner' which I moved into with my drafting table and supplies.
Other benefits exist in my kitchen studio... If I open the kitchen door I have sunshine and a clear view out the screen door when my sweeties are playing in the back yard. Directly to the left of my station is a tiny tv, dvd player and my collection of classic films. (Lot's of Cary Grant and Frank Capra and some other gems) My husband's old speaker system is hooked up to the tv and one satelite speaker is sitting there behind the laptop. (I can unplug the speakers from the tv and plug them into my iphone or an ipod and blast some tunes or hear a podcast. I also can take ten steps to the stove and make myself a cup of tea. In the winter I can enjoy lovely baking smells while I work.
(by the way, that laptop is really ancient, it's so slow it hardly works at all, but I use it to look at reference photos from time to time.)
In case you were wondering, the thing my sketchbook is on is a tabletop drawing board that tilts and locks to the desired angle. Yes it's funny I guess to have one on top of a tilting drafting table but I had this problem, see... When I tilt my entire table I can't sit anything on it and it wastes a tremendous amount of space. This way I get the space and can remove the tilted area when needed. I do remove it often to have my whole desk back. I thought of the idea of one and then went to Hobby Lobby and found one just like I imagined (without even knowing if they really existed) and it was a reasonable price too. I've had it about a year now.
I have to thank one of my favorite artists, Austin Kleon for emphasizing the importance of having both a digital workspace (my computer desk) and an analog space for getting hand's on work done. I have done so much more drawing (and improving) since I have gotten this space established about a year ago. (Read more in his book "Steal Like an Artist"
I have got several sketches to post soon, a couple of which are showing in the above photo...
Thanks for reading,
Stay tuned for more art,
Oh, PS... the owl wall decor is something I made with scrapbook paper to match my kitchen and the list you see on the wall is the list of advice from Austin's second book- "Show Your Work". (which includes advice about keeping a blog and sharing your process, as I am doing)
Oh oh! PSS... and the book hanging in the pocket on the wall is my friend Leslie Lamb's Juvenile fiction book - "Kiss Bang Boom!"
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.