work at home
I work at home - which has 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.
Real art desk & digital art desk
I draw the rough sketches on real paper with a light box. Then scan the lines into Photoshop and add color and textures.
I use pencils of all sorts, artpens, fountain pens with all kinds of inks... whatever works. Then I scan that into Photoshop and mix in all kinds of effects with the Cintiq tablet before a page is 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.
The Cintiq changes everything
Now I have two digital screens, but I only use one at a time. The Cintiq is used most often, since it can do everything, from writing a story in Word to painting.
The studio cat…
odds & ends
My homemade studio 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… but I keep it anyhow.
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.
And don't forget the studio cat. Here she is pondering the mystery of life... striking picturesque poses all day long.
And last of all the artiste. Here I am soaking up a little inspiration overlooking picturesque Puget Sound.