I live in a small bungalow-of-sorts with my husband and two rats in an older neighborhood in Waukesha, Wisconsin. It’s only one room wide, and is nothing but windows, so the lighting is great! It’s also super cold, but I think maybe you can’t have both windows and warmth.
My studio is a corner of the dining room, where I have a big computer desk and my drafting table from high school. I recently painted the top of it with chalkboard paint. I’m hoping the chalkboard will be helpful for working out layouts. I worked with charcoals a lot in college, and I’m a bit more comfortable with masses than lines.
Over on my computer desk is my old G5 Mac. It’s so old I can’t update anything anymore, but I have CS2 running on it, and it works fine. The print above the monitor is my husband’s (from the game Borderlands).
On the other side of the dining room is my table of books and supplies. Okay, I just put the books up because of this blog post. The table was a total disaster and my art books were everywhere, so I thought I’d make things nice for the photo! The cork board has a few relics from past endeavors: some Medúzy tags for the plush cats I briefly had on Etsy, a shrinky-dink necklace I made of my house, and a drawing I really liked from when I wanted to be an architectural illustrator. The best thing on there is a quote from a very useful book called Art & Fear: “The most important talent may be the talent for practice itself.” It’s a good reminder when I think I can’t cut it.
Anya and Moxie (the rats) live in the middle of the dining room, but I won’t show you their house because they are destructive little critters and it shows. But I’ll show you a picture of the two of them, because they are adorable and I love them!
In the summer, I like to work out on my front porch. It’s enclosed, and it’s bright and cheerful. Here’s a picture!
This coming summer, my mom and I plan to fix my garage up into a work space. This is what it looks like right now:
This is my sketch of what I want to do with it (please forgive the perspective wonkiness):
I’m so excited to maybe finally have some space to move around!
Anyway, you’re probably thinking, “gee whiz, it looks like she never works! Where’s the mess??” Well, there are a couple of reasons for the neatness. Obviously, I wasn’t going to post pictures of my messy cluttered house for all the internet to see, so I straightened up. My house is small and full of books and legos. Yup, books and legos, oh and stacks of mail, everywhere! I like my work spaces neat and orderly so I can feel calm and think straight. The other reason (the biggie), is that I do most of my drawing while sitting on the couch. I work at a computer at a desk all day long. The last thing I want to do is sit at a desk all evening, too! I’m not going to show you my couch.
Oh, I think I was supposed to touch on how I work also. My usual process is to spend waaaaaay too much time planning and researching and collecting reference photos (like weeks), and then try to cram the drawing and the computerizing into a couple of days. It’s not a good way to do it, but I really really like research!
So that’s about it. Thanks for reading!