In the last installment I talked about supplies I used and preferences, because that is a question I always have for other artists. In this installment, I'd like to address another curiosity, work environment.
Here's a look at mine.
Because the condo where my fiance and I reside is comparable in size to most walk in closets, I'm forced to rent studio space outside the home. I've found a space only 4 blocks from my home, so it's very convenient. I rent a 10' x 15' foot windowless room in Long Island City from Juvenal-Reis Studios.
I've provided a basic schematic and separated the basic components into 5 stations:
1.) Illustration Station: Were my studio a starship, this would be the bridge. This is the most important part of the studio and the place where about 80% of the work gets done. It's fairly simple; a 6' x 3' desk with a table top adjustable drafting table, a light box, an adjustable desk lamp and name plates from last years CGS Super Show 2010 and NYCC
2.) Computer Graphics Station: When pages are completed they need to be coloured and delivered to the editor. This is where I do the scanning, colour and colour adjust and finally FTP to the client server.(usually IDW)
3.) Fine/Graphic Arts Station: What you're looking at here is a work bench 1' deep and 8' long where I'll do any cutting, pasting, stapling, etc. that needs to be done. I usually uise this to make mockups or ashcan copies. Also, infront of this long work bench is an easel. Occasionally when I have the time, I enjoy painting in oils. An example of one of my oil pieces is hanging right behind the easel. more here.
4.) Cafenation Station: Since I spend more time here than I do at my "home", it's important to have food, coffee and the means to "prepare" it. It is wise to pay attention to friends and neighbours upgrading their appliances. Often times, the just want to get rid of their old stuff and you can wind up with free(though a bit dated and run down) appliances that are perfect for your studio or office. Coffee maker(actually purchased), microwave( thank you Monique) and a little fridge(Thank you neighbour in studio 212).
5.) Inspiration Station: And for reference material and entertainment, books, DVD's and CD's. The shelf on the bottom is reserved for portfolios and original paintings.
This concludes your tour of J.K.Studios. Thank you for coming and please come again.
You will be subject to search on your way out so now is a good time to put back what you've pilfered.