Studio is where the art is.
I draw and paint and sew and build in my four-foot cozy “treehouse”.
Today I’m just super excited because I finally picked up a massive piece of homasote!
And now I’m going to go play with my staplegun and a sheet of Arches. Whee.
Raighne and I first shared a studio in a tent in the desert (which was attacked by wild javelinas and destroyed by a microburst). Since then we’ve moved back to the snow and cold of Mpls, gotten married, started a small press publishing company with our friend Justin, and made a lot of books!
Raighne making his mini-comic “Beard Growing Contest” in our old Thorp Building studio.
Our current studio! Here you see Raighne’s drafting table, and on it you see his lightbox, drafting easel, various tools and growing pile of papers. Amongst those papers, you glimpse a package filled with cds storing Chris Adams’ ”Strong Eye Contact” book we’re publishing next year, and Will Dinski’s 2d Cloud prints. Whenever you can no longer see his desk, I clean it.
Raighne’s computer desk, on which you also see his scanner, three different hard drives, and my wacom tablet (his is out of order). This is where he conducts 2d Cloud business and finishes the art process he begins at the desk. He wears headphones but often forgets to turn on the music.
Raighne’s drafting easel his grandfather (or mom’s ex-boyfriend’s dad to be exact) built for him, various brushes, pens, et cetera. Whenever my brushes are too beat up to use or too weird I give them to Raighne. He likes to make textures on paper and these brushes are good for that.
Raighne’s tools. He loves rapidograph pens, brush pens, and his Yasutomo Sumi Ink Stick and Grinding Stone. Underneath the ink cartridge box is a canvas cat puppet that he uses to clean his brushes on.
This past winter, I commandeered a corner of Raighne’s studio and his drafting easel to draw the first issue of my “Startled Maggie” comic. Here you see my storyboarding sketchbook on the left and a 3 ring binder with my finished pages on the right. During the making of this comic my health was compromised by the flu, a sinus infection, an allergy attack, a head injury, broken eye glasses, and the shingles, but I still made my deadline with weeks to spare!
My tools for my “Startled Maggie” comic. A jar of 2B pencils - my favorite from the time I was 12, various pens, a kneadable eraser, and a double barrelled pencil sharpener that makes up for its ingenuity by barely working.
This is my computer desk, above which you find a table easel, a storyboard in a 3 ring binder, two OTT-LITE’s (with full spectrum lighting!), and this Moby Dick poster by Tom Neely. Under the desk you’ll find a box of canvas panels covered with palettes, a hard drive with scans of my comic pages, and a bin full of great horned owl paintings for my upcoming comic.
My giant easel where I do my painting.
My tools. Golden Heavy Body Acrylics, cheap Utrecht brushes, my trusty plastic palette knife, beloved Loew Cornell Storage Cups, a waxy paper palette, cheerful picnic napkins, and a dirty Shiva Plastic Brush Basin.
Well that’s it. My next job: to get 2d Cloud co-publisher Justin Skarhus to take Where They Draw on a tour of his studio!
My converted dining room to art studio
This is my studio space which I have been using for the past 8 years. It is meant to be the dining room of my 2 level townhouse but why waste a good space for just eating. The space holds a gigantic architects cabinet holding more than 1000 drawings (and weighs a ton). On this cabinet holds all my materials…brushes of various sizes, oil paint, acrylic paint, house paint, ink and hundreds of endless shapes of charcoal (my favourite medium) and the rest of the area is reserved for painting and drawing on my easel. In the times I need to do a massive piece I simply put it across the wall. Any remaining space is storage for pieces I love and couldn’t bear to part with, older works, unsold works and pieces that I have done recently. For the first 6 years I used this space I managed to completely ruin the timber floor even though I repeatedly used newspaper to protect the surface. Marks are everywhere and whenever I had inspections when I was renting I tirelessly tried to remove this evidence. Never worked. I always get embarrassed when customers or friends come over to visit as it is the entrance room. It is a organized mess 24/7.
I’m happy to say that I am the proud owner of this place now so no more inspections. I often wish for a studio space outside of my home but then again I also like the fact that I can revisit a work whenever I like.
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This is my current, temporary drawing space. Working here means that my family have no place to sit and eat but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. It’s an absolute mess. I could kid myself and say that one day I’ll have a neat and organised studio, but it’s never gonna happen. That’s not the way I work. It is clean though, strictly no food stuffs here.
I’ve been in this space for almost a year now and it’s the best place in the world. When we moved into this apartment I was all like “no way this room stays PURPLE” but now I’m way into it so whatever. I just got rid of my old drafting table in favor of this desk and a drawing board that I can lean against the front of it.
I mostly work on bristol board with Faber Castel Pitt pens, Microns, Hunts Crowquill 702, and a couple Winsor Newton Series 7 brushes. I’m also into watercolor and gouache and I do a lot of digital stuff. But good ol’ pen & ink is where it’s AT.
Computer station stuff. There’s a Wacom tablet stuffed in this desk too, that thing is the jam.
Drawers full of pens/pencils/brushes/inks/gouaches/trash
Storage for drawing portfolios and books and stuff.
old sketchbooks: 1 part interesting + 2 parts embarrassing = still totally valuable practice and experience
moar comixxxxx I think I drew those logos when I was like 9
toys are important. Also make sure your friends bring you scorpion booze from far off lands
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For the first time, I have a room all to myself to call my studio. It is in my apartment across from my bedroom. I say “all to myself” as no other artists are working in this room, but I do share the room with two little
distractions muses. Please excuse the small bits of hay everywhere!
I tried to clean up a little for these photos, but according to the rabbit code, sight of a broom requires immediate tossing of timothy toward the nearest floor. Recently my work has been dominated by quilting, therefore my studio is predominately the “sewing station.”
This table setup is popular within my immediate family: Two file cabinets topped with a 30” x 80” hollow interior door— instant desk. Organization is not one of my strong points, though I think the lack of storage solutions is part of the problem. I also can’t determine a good spot for my iron, so this is where I iron …
The arrangement is such that the iron cannot be plugged in without closing the door and the cord passing in front of the closed door. This is probably some sort of safety hazard, but so far I’m just pretending it’s my little way of living life on the edge.
And finally, the drawing area. The drafting table belonged to my father when he was in college, and it’s pretty awesome. The bench doesn’t technically go with it, but to me they almost look like a matching set. At first I wasn’t sure I would like the bench to sit on while drawing, but it’s actually nicer than the pink folding chair at the sewing machine. I have a lot of pens, which is why I am not allowed in an office supply store for the next decade or so.