A few people have said they would be interested to see more clearly what my studio looks like. I don't have a wide-angle lens, so I did this joiner for you:
When we moved into the house a little over 2 years ago, this was two poky, attic rooms.
We got a builder to knock out the central wall, then polished up the floorboards and put in a couple more velux windows to maximise the light. It was such a rare treat to be able design the space as I wanted.
I always have trouble with flat areas for mounting my work, so I designed a big, kitchen-style island in the centre. It works a treat but unfortunately it does tend to attract stuff...
My other problem has always been storage, for artwork, but also for large paper and card. There was a lot of wasted space in the eaves, so a joiner built me plans-chest drawers into the eaves behind my desk. Somehow I've still managed to fill them all, as well as my original A1 plans chest!
I am under no illusions about how lucky I am. If it's any consolation, I started my illustration career aged 22, living in a 10" square bed-sitting room, with my fellow illustrator boyfriend, upstairs in his parent's house. For nearly a year, we slept on a mattress on the floor, which we rested up against the wall during the day, so that the same room could serve as a studio for us both!
Even when we eventually got our own space, it's incredible to think that we had no computer, our only phone was a public call box in the street, and we received our faxed illustration briefs from publishers via the local newsagents!!
Anyone else got any horror studio stories past or present??