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!
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