My Current Workspace, Habits, and Tools

I love to read about other artists' studio practices, their favorite books, the tools they use, and what they are up to in general, so I figured that would be a good topic for my first blog post! I currently get my work done in a number of places; my apartment, MassArt, libraries, my parent's dining room table (lol), the train, etc. While I love being able to work on digital designs almost anywhere with my computer, nothing beats having a nice dedicated workspace! 

 My sweet, cheerful yellow desk! Awhile ago, my neighbors were getting rid of this desk. We gave it a coat of yellow spray paint and new knobs and it has been with me ever since!

My sweet, cheerful yellow desk! Awhile ago, my neighbors were getting rid of this desk. We gave it a coat of yellow spray paint and new knobs and it has been with me ever since!

Although my bedroom in my current apartment is TEENY tiny, I knew that I needed my desk to fit in it. I'm not one of those people who can get anything done if I'm lounging in bed. My yellow desk makes me so happy, and I love to sit there working on projects. 

 Lisa Congdon's amazing book Art Inc. and a cute binder I picked up from Target. 

Lisa Congdon's amazing book Art Inc. and a cute binder I picked up from Target. 

Lately I have been reading tons of wonderful art-career books, including Lisa Congdon's Art Inc. I was inspired to start a binder/journal to keep myself productive, organized, and accountable. In my binder I keep to do lists, notes on upload specs for different websites like Spoonflower and RedBubble, and any miscellaneous things I don't want to forget like names of artists or companies to check out.  Of course, I also have digital organizing systems for everything, because its 2018, but something about writing down my ideas and priorities really gets me motivated! 

 Some doodles in my current sketchbook, as well as my current favorite inking pens.

Some doodles in my current sketchbook, as well as my current favorite inking pens.

When the fun part of actually drawing and creating comes around, I have a few favorite pens I am always reaching for. The Pentel brush pen is a classic, I see so many artists recommending this pen. It is refillable and produces a nice variety of marks. I recently picked up two Faber Castell pens, one with a brush tip and one with a bullet nib. These are my new go-to's!!! The ink is nice and black, but doesn't bleed easily, and both pens can produce various line weights and marks. I always have a number of black Micron pens around in various sizes. I use them for details or any drawings/doodles/marks that I want to have more control over. 

I hope this post was interesting, and I can't wait to post more insights into my little bubble of the art world! Happy doodling!