Jane Ann Wynn
|Jane Ann Wynn, Artist|
"This is WynnStudio. We just had this studio built in January of this past year. My husband and I were outgrowing our house, always shuffling our studio from room to room. We finally decided that we needed a real space for art making so we looking into having a Poll Building built in our backyard. As you can tell, I collect a lot of stuff!"
"This is my main work desk area. I do a lot of jewelry making here as well as creating “detail” work on my sculptures. Occasionally I will work on paper art here since it is clean- Well, I try to keep it clean; however that is always a challenge! I am a mixed-media, assemblage, painter, sculptor, illustrator and maker of stuff - and this is my space!"
"I like to keep some of the things I collect in mason jars. It is fun to be able to line them up. It helps me to see what I have as well as giving me a lot of inspiration when I need it."
"This is what happens when my workbench gets a little messy late at night."
I have a center island of four steel cabinets set up as tables. This is where I like to do some of the messy work. I will usually build my “shrine” sculptures here. I also do most of my painting in this area. I put down a big piece of glass from an old stereo cabinet so when the paint or patina spills, it is easy to clean up. NOTE: I like to go to thrift stores and buy old decorative glasses, dishes, and decanters to keep my water and patinas in, when I am working. There is something so visually appealing to me about using old glassware. It makes me feel regal!
"I bought lots of those plastic hardware drawers to keep all of my jewelry supplies in."
"This is me and my conjoined deer toy that I altered! I know...It is odd!"
"This is my little anvil that I keep on my desk. It is so nice and small that I can move it anywhere and work with it. Here: I am making a bezel cup out of brass wire."
"Here is an example of a handmade bezel I made using the flat wire – and soldering it to the surface of a piece of copper."
"And these are a lot of little bezel cups- I will fill these with gems."
"This is an example of one of my hand built shrines, made form wood from a wood pile. This has not been aged with patina yet."
"This is right after I added my metal paint and patina- notice the messy table- and the lovely thrift store glass with a little patina blue solution?"
"Finally- these are some of the decorative adornments I made- I like to just hang in front of me from my white holiday lights- I love my lights and keep them up all the time. I feel that my work area needs to be as optimistic and decorative as possible to help me keep productive and happy…"
"I am always taking photos of things on my workbench. You can check in on my weekly and see what I have been making. (Pppst! I have been take very simple quick camera videos of me working in my workspace on YouTube! Now you can see me in action!)"
Nathan Fletcher - My Broken Shoe, Illustrator,
Hello, this is my desk space and surrounding area. It's in one corner of a strange shaped dinning room. It is a bit stark but does the job. I was going to try and claim I have just moved in but working it out shows I have been here almost 6 months so, that won't work, hmmmm...
You can see the highly clever pin-board (or ikea desktop) behind the lamp. As you can see the focus of the desk is my mac, with my lovely but highly scratched wacom tablet. Probably overkill on the size but i got a heafty student discount when i got it so I pushed the boat out. It's now so natural to me it seems wrong using a mouse.
This is my library of reference and inspiration, i am especially fond of the M. Sasek books on the top shelf, which I pinched off my mum! Down by the side of the shelves you can see my scanner consigned to the technology grave-yard after it would only scan blocks of yellow regardless of what was on the glass. I can't bring myself to throw it away as I think I can recycle it, creating some sort of light-box.
These folks used to live on top of my monitor but sadly that is now too thin and so they are dotted around me, whilst I try to find a new home for them. The old Homepride men are my favorites. in the background you can see my pencil holder, once a container of jasmine tea. It is now empty of both tea and pencils as someone keeps having them away. (probably the same monster that hides my socks.)
This is possibly the best cup ever. It was a present from a good friend after we spent many hours emailing silly pictures of cats to each other when bored. At first I thought it was the worst cup in the world, but now i am strangely fond of it and always have my tea in it.
Lastly here's my sketchbook that always lives on my desk except when I go out, when it lives in a bag. It's one of those posh Moleskine books, a first for me. At college I made my own. Then when I left I got lazy and bought a4 landscape books. Those seem to be difficult to get hold of now, so I looked into Moleskine. Although not landscape I like the way it feels and dont think I could go back to a normal sketch book now.
So thats it, hope you enjoyed the tour. Make sure you click the images to get bigger versions and read the books in the shelves. Some good stuff in there...
|Fernanda Guedes, illustrator and graphic designer.|
São Paulo, Brazil.
I work at home, so my "art studio" is kind of spread all over the apartment. My two workplaces are the computer corner and the drawing and painting corner. I will start with my drawing corner, which is located at my living room.
I am very well organized, almost a freak, so my desk really looks like that, it is not just for the photo. Of course, sometimes it turns into a mess, but not for a long time. I use lots of photos for my drawing studies of faces and in this picture you can also see my favourite pen, the only one I like to use in my sketch books. I hate pencils and rubbers. Just hate it.
I drink hot tea all day long, but today was too hot, so I've changed to my favourite juice, guava. I love my Elvis' drink coaster, it keeps my desk dry and my soul warm. On the following pictures is my side desk. I haven't noticed before, but the upper part is bright and coloured, while the bottom is dark, black and white. Freud would explain that, I hope!
Below you can see some of my paintings. I don't have a proper place to store them, so they are resting on a chair or and all over the entrance hall, waiting for a show in a gallery or, at least, a nice closet.And before we move on to the computer corner, my own private rainbow...
My computer corner is so small that sometimes I feel like Gulliver in there. The pillow behind my chair is for my dog, Chanel.
Here she is... in a very-bad-hair-day.
I use this wall to show my drafts, recent works, some inspiration from my favourite artists, photos, anything! I've painted coloured butterflies all over, to make the space more alive and to prevent me from feeling opressed by such a small place.
I am very proud of the Abril Prize I won for best illustration (I wish I had a metal florest in there instead of just one tree, but I still have some years ahead to plant some seeds on my professional ground, right?).
I love the way I've organized my magazines, but I think that books look more "alive" if they are a little messy. My board. I love the image of Saint George, although I am not Catholic. Go figure! I am a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe too. At the center you can see a lovely drawn that my son made of our family. Makes me smile every time I look at it.
And to finish the "tour", a panoramic view of my ceiling. This work I've done for a São Paulo jewerly called Dryzun. The campaign was about female Godesses and from left to right you can see: Afrodite, Persefone, Artemis and Atena. I put they up there to protect, inspire and bless my works, every day.
Thank you, Lizzie, for the opportunity to show these pictures here. And congratulations! You have created a delightfull blog for artists all over the world to share a little bit of their (almost always lonely) daily environment.
Warmest regards from this sunny side of the planet,
|Cynthia Padilla, Naturalist Illustrator|
Sketching & Drawing Tips
Peek In My Field Bag
My home/studio faces my garden... filled with birds, blooms, butterflies. I am a botanical artist/natural science illustrator. The east facing space is warmed by the morning sun, ideal for I am a morning person and wake eager to 'go to the office.'
"Slipper Orchid"(detail)-acrylic, gouache and colored pencil. Orchids and tropicals are favorite subjects of mine to paint.
My candle lit entry hall is lined with small retablos (Mexican folk art tradition of painting patron saints on wood)I have painted. Favored saints are the patron saint of artists, the patron saint sought when seeking lost items, and for the sucess of my art career... I probably need to research which saint looks over galleries and art dealers since that is my next career move.
What a fun project of Linzie's, huh? Thanks for opening your doors all!