I work at home - which has its advantages and drawbacks.

Ivory Tower or Padded Cell?
It changes from day to day...

My studio windows looks out over a leafy street with lots of people passing by.
On most days there is a brooding sky outside with a chance of rain... this is Seattle after all.

My studio is an upstairs room with two sets of gable end windows and lots of funny angles from the slanting roof.

The cedar cupboard and home-made shelves hold finish art, cut paper, and sketches. The drawing desk and the computer desk make for a cozy space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I draw the finish line work on paper and later add color and textures in Photoshop.

I use artpens, dip pens, technical pens with all kinds of inks... full strength and diluted... whatever works.

And I mix it all up with digital pens and the Cintiq tablet before it's done.

 


The other side of my studio is digital, where the MacPro is a lifeline to my world.


I think Adobe Creative Suite and digital tools easily increase my productivity by 50%. My favorite programs are Photoshop, Indesign and Bridge.

 

And my new Cintiq 22 drawing tablet really transforms the drawing in my studio. It's a lot of fun! I combine drawing on paper and drawing on the Cintiq... which helps keep things interesting.

My home-made printer stand for the two printers.

The Epson 2200 printer is for printing out linework onto watercolor paper.

The Canon 9000 is great for everyday printing... very fast output and inexpensive ink.

Bookshelves keep my own books and many old favorites.

I can't draw or paint without music.

But it has to be quiet when I write... so I often go days without any music at all.

 

My homemade cupboard... the latest in modern plywood design.

It's a little plain, but it works great. There's a hodgepodge of art supplies in the upper shelves.

The lower shelves hold big sheets of watercolor paper.

I'm never quite sure what's in there.

Art-junk from years past.

 

 

The bulletin board... of course.

Home to little mementos from ideas past... favorite drawings, sketches for new ideas & new characters.

I suppose it is indispensible clutter.

 

And don't forget the artiste.

Here I am soaking up a little inspiration overlooking picturesque Puget Sound.

 

 

And don't forget the studio cat.

Here she is pondering the mystery of life... striking picturesque poses all day long.

 

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