I am from Barbados and most of us emerging artists here do not have studios…I started my artistic journey last year and right now my dining room does not exist any more LOL.. I am certain you have heard similar stories.
Gotta have the 2-desk L-shape situation. I’ve had the drawing desk since I was in high school, thus the hole gouged out of the left side of it. I have an Epson WF-7510 all-in-one, mostly for the 11x17 flatbed scanner, a 5-year old 24” iMac, and an iPad for reference and constant distraction. Winschluss’ Pinocchio is my book of choice for weighing down paper for scanning. I recently bought a Premier paper cutter and love it. I chop paper at 3 am and it sounds like someone is being murdered. My tablet is a Wacom Intuos4. I found that red lightbox in a studio building in Fort Greene in 2008. On top of it is the Titanic VHS box with a broken copy of High School High inside. It was a birthday present.
I’ve been working out of my bedroom for the past year since leaving Brushwick Studio, which was sad. It’s a pretty good setup though. I’ve inherited some amazing art books from my grandparents.
My current art studio is the buses, subways, and trains of Taipei, Taiwan. I’m a plein air artist at heart, so this is how I’m adapting to city life.
This started as a way to trick myself into more drawing practice, but I quickly fell in love with it.
I’m using a refillable ink brush pen readily available at any stationery store in Taiwan. (I’ll probably pack my suitcase with them when I leave.) When I can, I pull out my watercolors and water-filled brush to complete the piece. My desk is my backpack scrunched up on my legs.