|Rob James, Artist|
"The first picture is an overview I have pasted together, the office is not big and can be kind of cramped. I mainly work with computer based artwork but I find I need a break every hour or so, the easel and paints are set up so when I have a spare 5 minutes I can dab some paint around. The star wars pics on the wall are all signed by the actors, this started when I was working on a project where Anthony Daniels was doing voice overs. "
"I usually paint in oils doing landscapes or people. As a result the room is covered in paint and so is my computer, chair and keyboard."
"The second shot is my window ledge, I keep meaning to get some blinds as the sun is really bad early morning in the summer, however I have too many canvases lying around so I use these to block out some sunlight. The people are some crazy guys I met on flickr and asked to pull strange faces. "
"The third shot is my work area its also exceedingly cramped. I have a wacom and 2 big external backup drives under the desk. There's aren't enough power sockets though so I have a cable going right down the centre of the room to power them both. There are 2 boxes on the desk, one contains pictures I have swapped with other artists the other is a box called cattargh remedy which contains some artwork and pastules ?!?
It may look kind of claustraphobic but I kind of like it as everything is within arms reach and there's always something to look at to make me think." RJ
|Bill LaRocque, Cartoonist/ Caricaturist.|
"My studio is evolved from pen and ink to scan and post. The tools may change, but the mischief is still there. These days with Wi-Fi, a lot is now happening on my dining room table laptop." -BLR
|Kate Sutton, illustrator/maker|
"I have quite a lot of books, especially childrens ones. They are always a great place to get inspired. At the moment I'm abit obsessed with French kids books, I really do need to stop buying them, all my shelves are jam packed."
"I also collect a lot of fabric, my nana gave me a few cases of vintage fabrics from when she was younger which was amazing. I've made some great things with them. I especially love it when I find old retro curtains and duvet covers."
"these are a few pictures of some of the things I've been working on this week, all of which show that I'm quite a messy worker. I do tidy up eventually, usually when I can't find something!"
"self promotional gocco postcards"
"a marmite painting for a friends birthday"
"knitting little hats for innocent, a uk based smoothie company."
"Drawing wild animals"
"my pinboard, again very messy! I guess I just like clutter."
"my shelves are full of crap, I have so many toys and things and I just can't seem to part with them. I keep the most stupid of things, I'm a self confessed hoarder although I'm better than I was!"
"my desk in my red room - its very red. Keep meaning to decorate but never seem to get around to it. I have lots of pictures on my wall which covers most of it." - K.S.
|Mr Bingo, Illustrator|
"My studio is a room in my house in The Isle of Dogs, London."
"I spend every day in here making pictures and animations, using pens, paper, cell paper, a scanner and a mac."
"I love it because it contains all my personal junk, so I don't need to display it all over the house which is a shared space with my girlfriend."
"It is full of vintage postcards, toys, 1970's advertising annuals, pens, paper, shoes and Letraset catalogues."
"It is one of my favorite places in the world." Mr.B
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My home is my studio; my studio is my home. I create many different types of art which you can read about here.This month I am working on another of my Scatterlings©. Scatterlings© is a collection of self-directed enchantment art which combines actual foliage with watercolor and color pencil mediums. Hidden among the actual and rendered foliage are an enchanted assortment of 'Scatterlings'©; mythical animals and fairies.
A framed Scatterlings© on the mantel; awaiting a gallery.This is the upcoming Scatterlings© I am working on. The tree shown stands at the Filoli House which is located 30 miles south of San Francisco. Every third Thursday of the month Filoli allows artists and photographers to have access to the garden after hours.
I grow most of the flowers that are dried and pressed in my Scatterlings. I tell people this is a photo of an angel I caught blessing my flowers early one morning.
Close-up of hand-made Christmas ornaments, a stack of Interior Design books, mixed in with some antiques acquired along the way.
My modified light table; assorted collage and mixed media supplies; a few of my books and magazines. This is right off the fireplace; which is quite soothing - doing art with a fire crackling and some quiet music barely audible.
Embellishments, collage, mixed media supplies, glues, beads; the other side of my modified light table.
Feathers; glass bottles preserving dried flowers; stamps, inks; critters in the making.
More books on computer software; many many art technique books, books on advertising and marketing; antique bookcase. Is there ever enough book shelves?
Kitchen window; angels, angels and more angels; some altered magnets I am working on.
Next month I will feature another corner of my studio - featuring where I work on dry and oil pastels, collage/mixed media, pointillism, watercolors, perspective renderings and my computer workstation.
100 artists 100 desks!
Congratulations to illustrator Edel Rodriguez for gaining the title of 100th contributor at OnMyDesk.com and to celebrate he's put together a bumper post. Meanwhile, previous contributor Allan Sanders has generously created a new banner for the homepage. Cheers Guys!
Thanks all round to the other 99 artists listed below who have already shared their workspace. Thanks also to the many other people who continue to send their desk photos...lots more posts to come!
Geninne D. Zlatkis
Steven G. Amey
Charity Romero/Ezra Li Eismont
Andy J. Smith
J. Michael Stovall
Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch
Caio Nery Filho
Ben the Illustrator
Joan M. Mas
Alan (Fred) Pipes
Anette V. Heiberg
Elwood H Smith
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|Edel Rodriguez, Illustrator|
Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
"As a teenager I thought I would become an architect. I went to college partly with that on my mind. I changed my thinking and studied painting instead."
"For many years I had been working on my large paintings and drawings in small rooms, hitting my head on the ceiling and so on. Several years ago, when the attic room in my house had become too difficult to work in, I started sketching and making floor plans and elevations of the perfect studio space. It would be attached to my current house and be large enough to accommodate any future directions in my artwork."
"The plans were to have a living room downstairs and the studio upstairs, it was a pretty big addition for our house, an 1875 Victorian. The size of the addition was going to be 25 feet by 20 feet. At some point, my wife and I realized we needed an architect and hired a great guy that made all of our ideas come together. The architect drew up some blue prints and my wife built a scale model of the new place out of some board. (The studio area is indicated in yellow on the model, we also ended up adding a deck at the back of the house, and a carport to the side)"
"Two months before breaking ground on our new addition, our house was hit by lightning. I was up in the attic when it happened, the lightning hit about 10 feet away from me. It was like a freight train bursting into the room, the whole experience was insane. The lightning caused the attic to catch on fire and the small studio to burn down, along with a lot of my artwork, art materials, sketchbooks, etc. A lot of my work was saved by the work of some quick thinking firemen. The rest of the main house had to be gutted due to water damage. So, the project that was going to be a living room and studio addition became a whole house renovation that lasted over a year."
"The studio was finished in 2003 and it really has become a great place to work in, hang out, play, read, etc. It has oak wood floors and plain white walls throughout which I painted myself. It was very difficult to get paint on that ceiling, had to use scaffolding and everything. I don't like colors on my walls because I like to look at my work without other color distractions, the way it would be seen in a gallery. Just white walls."
"The studio is divided up into different areas. The North side has four large windows and four skylights. The natural light that comes through there is wonderful. Always nice when one’s ideas and plans for a space work out as intended."
"That side of the studio also has a very large drafting table with all of my immediate supplies-pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, inks, etc. There are flat files where I keep my multi-colored collection of papers and a lot of my original art."
"There is also a t.v. which I don’t use that much anymore. I used to watch news a lot, but I got tired of it all. In the middle of the room there's a ping pong table my wife gave me recently."
"Hey, we have to have some fun once in a while. It also makes for a great place on which to throw all of my junk when it’s not being used for Ping Pong."
"The East side of the studio has many different things. On the left is a spray booth, I always wanted one and built it myself. I was tired of running outside in the snow to spray something."
"There is also a sink, a computer workstation and bookshelves. On the top, I added a large area for painting storage."
"The South side of the studio is a large wall on which to tack up drawings or paintings. On the left there are bookshelves and a door that leads out to a balcony."
"The balcony deck is a great place in which to go and draw outdoors."
"The West side is a large wall on which to hang paintings and work on them. The ceilings of the studio are about 15 feet tall I think. It gives the place a very open feel."
"There are rows of track lighting on the ceiling for working at night, which I tend to do a lot. I have a large easel, a large palette that I built in college, paintbrushes and your usual artist junk. I don't collect any robot toys or things like that. I never had collections of anything when I was a kid, so it’s not in my nature."
"I recently got my daugher an easel for herself and she loves to paint. Her paintings are better than mine sometimes. Very depressing."
"Well, that's it, thanks for checking out my place, it's been a long haul to get to this point." -E.R.