Where They Draw

Blog showcasing the work spaces and tools of artists

Curated by Jordan Shiveley

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Kamila Stepniewska

Hi ! I don’t have my own studio, so I paint in my house. When it’s cold in bed, when it’s hot I go outside. But mostly my desk is the best place to create something new. I use watercolour a lot (from 6 years incessantly) sometimes ink and pencil.


Cher Corbin


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.

My favorite medium is watercolour and I am also exploring Pen & Ink with WC washes…in the picture I am using WC pencils on paper.

This is where art is made:

Jeff Lemire 

Joe Kubert 

Travis Charest 

Jack Kirby

Esad Ribic 

Daniel Clowes

(Source: xcyclopswasrightx, via oncomics)

Jess Worby

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.

I used to be a compulsive sketcher. I would go through a dozen hardbound sketchbooks a year. I don’t really have the time for that lately. That’s ok. 

Above are a few semi-recent reads and a fantastic picture of an old Ainu dude. Well ok, just RASL, which was great. I reread Taiyo Matsumoto’s work a lot.

Cara Duncan


Scottish A Level fine art student in my last year of school. Working on a study of Jenny Saville for my theme of Transfiguration. 
Applying for Communication Design degree and aspiring to be involved in advertisement photgraphy.

My space currently: My bedroom

Maggie Sutrov

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.  


Eric G.C. Weets









Self taught Belgian artist, Eric G. C. Weets. Working on a 7 x 16 foot canvas with Indian ink andbsite the finished canvas is titled, “In the land of no U-turns in sight”, 2012


Jess Young

I won my space as part of a graduate residency along with another artist, and it shares a building with several other studios and a large gallery. My half of the studio is always entirely chaotic and I can never find anything I want or need, but I love it here.
I have recently begun experimenting with glass and am finding it difficult to adjust to working in another space which is not my own.