Joanna Gorska/Antena Boy
|Joanna Gorska and Antena Boy (Rafal Goralski) - artists , freelance illustrarors and muralists. Torun , Poland|
"We deal with public art too - mostly the art on billboards. We have had a billboard gallery - Galeria Rusz for 7 years( http://www.galeriarusz.art.pl ). We show a new , large poster every month. A lot of Polish artists have participated in our project so far."
"We live and work in the same place - in our flat. Our apartament isn't huge - only 47 square meters - so our workspace is not big enough ( and because of this our stuff is everywhere , this is horrible !)
There is a large, old table near the windows and here is our desk. The table is divided into two parts : computer part and painting part. We have a little problem because in the middle of the table is our cat's favorite place. And sometimes her fur is dirty with paints.
Most of our illos is hand-made, sometimes it is a mixture of hand drawing and Adobe Photoshop. Joanna use a portable easel to paint her pictures. Her paintings are not big - about 70 cm x 100 cm . She uses acrilic, oil and guache paints. Rafal prefers acrylics, guaches and watercolours."
"A couple of Rafal's drawing. He is a very hard-working guy."
"We collect old Polish children books. Our favorite were printed in the sixties and the seventies. These children books, catalogues with Polish posters and Polish cut-outs are continuously our inspiration."
"There is a set of Joanna's cushions with paintings ( a pattern on the real cushion and painted one"
"Our cat is 14 years old, but she is still energetic and prone to play, jump and run. Her activities and habits are sometimes an inspiration to our works ."
"Sometimes we work as freelance muralists. Joanna has painted in her free time a mural in our kitchen."
"Every month Rafal paints a poster on the floor. An enormous paper covers the whole floor. If you want to move you have to jump from one dry surface of colour to another. Next day we stick this large poster on the street billboard . Twice a year we have to detach old posters from the billboard. And at this moment it looks like an abstract painting."
|Lee Kottner, Maelstrom House, Writer, Editor, Book Artist|
"I've got one of those ubiquitous live/work situatons, so my "studio" is really the front half of my living room. I just moved a couple of years ago and doubled my space, but it's still small. I'm just starting my book-art operation, Maelstrom House (so-named to reflect my chaotic life), so I'm spending a lot of time making stock for next year's book fairs. Since I'm a writer, too, text is as important a part of the book to me as the design itself is, and I think they should feed into one another.
My current workspace consists of the computer desk, a six-foot-long former kitchen table, and lots of storage space for the odds and ends that go into my books. The storage includes cabinets and boxes, racks and hat boxes, some of which live under the table's work surface. Here's a wide shot of where I put my books together. There's one in progress right now, called Border & Frontier, with text by Argentine-American poet Carlos Schroder.
Here's what you see of my studio when you walk into my apartment: my computer desk and pile o'reference books:"
"This storage cabinet (below) is in the corner between my computer desk and work table. I hadn't really thought of myself as a visual artist for a long time, so I don't have the huge amounts of supplies that most artists have. Since I don't draw much anymore, most of the supplies I have are for construction of some kind: book board, paper, punches, hammers, adhesives, thread, rubber stamps, and brushes for applying paint and glue. My tool drawers are crammed with mallets and punches and teeny paper drills and a tape gun. The other drawers are full of more paper and ink cartridges for my printer, which sits on top. Temporarily stuffed in with the rubber stamps are the various letterpress blocks I've been buying to print broadsheets on the presses at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan. Eventually, I hope to have enough room for a small printshop of my own."
"The antique cast-iron book press (above left and below) I bought a while ago does a great job with covers--much better than the engineered wood blocks and bricks I'd been using, though those are still useful for temporarily flattening glued boards and paper before I move them to the press overnight."
"On my work table are hand-thrown pots holding scissors with patterned edges and other cutting tools, various brushes and dip pens, and calligraphy and gel pens; the pile of papers that never seems to get smaller; two lamps at either end; and a little palm that's threatening to engulf everything else. It's a darkish apartment, so this window is just framed in curtains; for a little sense of privacy, I've put all kinds of glass in it. It's a riot of color now, which I like. I also use a lot of glass in my books, as beads or insets."
On the other end is my book press and the covers for the current book I'm making, along with my old makeshift "flattener" of bricks and boards.
"Anything that will hold something and look decorative at the same time is a bonus, since I work in my living room. A while back I bought a couple of banged up paper drawers from Pier One at a discount and fixed them up again. And I found a fabulous antique lacquered Japanese scribe's cabinet on e-bay that holds my paints and inks and masking fluid and more pens and brass rubbing crayons. It has a front that slides up and off and doubles as a tray, and a carrying handle on top."
"Here's the messiest part of the room, where the neatest work--writing, blogging, book layout, a little web design--is done. It includes inspirational postcards, notes to myself, a scanner, files, USB docks, a zip drive, a copy of the check for the first story I ever sold, and little lighthouses, which figure prominently in my still unsold novel. Oh, and the life-giving giant mug of tea."
"Finally, more materials (glass beads, collage paper, decorative brads) and the mock-up of one of the flag books I'm working on." - LK
|George Sfarnas, Cartoonist,|
My name is George Sfarnas, I am a cartoonist and this is my desk. I spend more time here than my wife thinks I should. But there are cartoons to draw and someone has to do it!
I stay busy these days with my comic strip, Being Five, which is about a kid who blogs using voice recognition software (he's only five so he can't read or write yet). The strip was inspired by my son, so I included a picture of his desk as well (below).
And speaking of desks, below are a couple of strips so you can see the desk where Georgie blogs in Being Five.
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