Behind The Scene
This headline makes me chuckle—It gives the impression that there is something grandiose about being a professional artist. It's a tough way to make a living and for those of us lucky enough to be able to support ourselves doing what we love, there isn't a whole lot of glamour to the average home studio. I do enjoy seeing the working environments of other artists ... Especially, those artists who toil everyday in relative obscurity and don't work in perfectly illuminated, airy lofts like the fantasy studios so often portrayed by eccentric artists in movies. Most of us make do with very small spaces.
This is my humble 10'x10' studio. It's perfect for my needs and the view is everything.
My Tools (visible in photo)
Every studio is different. My painting easel still gets use, but a fast-paced digital world requires tools that help me get projects done quickly, efficiently, and comfortably.
- Aeron Drafting Stool — I've had this chair for well over a decade and it still works perfectly. One of the best purchases I've ever made.
- Fully Jarvis hydraulic desk — This programmable adjustable desk allows for sitting or standing.
- Topo Anti-Fatigue Mat — Essential cushion for standing while you work.
- Alvin Magnifier Lamp — for detail work.
- Epson Expression 11000XL scanner — Another essential tool I've had for nearly ten years. The only scanner for digitizing hand-drawn artwork and photographs.
- Apple MacBook Pro 16"
- Wacom Cintiq 24HD with Touch Control — Simply the best. While I still use an iPad for my mobile drawing studio, the Cintiq's work flow and easy compatibility with every other design and art tool available, make this device a no-brainer. The touch control feature, however, isn't worth the extra expense.
- Wacom Flex Arm — This stand is a game-changer that allows for near-limitless positioning. Whether you sit or stand, prefer a horizontal or vertical format, this sturdy stand allows for a full range of shoulder motion for drawing.
- Aspects 430 Hummzinger Highview Mini Hummingbird Feeder — The most important piece of equipment I own.