Today I have the utter joy of hosting author Nicola Killen and we’re getting a tour around her studio. I’m really nebby so I absolutely adored reading this post when it dropped into my inbox!
Hello and welcome to my studio tour! This is the place where I worked on the story and illustrations for Ollie’s Magic Bunny.
I share a space with two other artists – it’s a converted garage on the side of a photographer’s studio. The door to the studio is very grey and boring so it’s hard to imagine what’s inside!
Tada! Here’s my workspace. I’m quite embarassed to be showing you round when it’s SO messy. I’m always untidy, but when I’m in the middle of working on a new book (like I am now), it gets even worse! As you can probably see, I’ve got two desks: one for sitting at my computer, and one for standing at when I draw and paint.
On my computer desk I have an iMac, and I use a wacom tablet with it. I also have a very comfy chair and most importantly, there’s a heater next to my desk! As it used to be a garage, the studio can get very cold at times. I always have lots of lists of things to do on my desk – I like to be able to tick things off!
I usually stand up when I’m painting or drawing. I have a drawing board in the middle of the desk, which is hidden by my lightbox at the moment. There’s an A3 scanner tucked underneath this desk, as well as sketches, boxes of books and some portfolios too. I used to have lots more postcards and pictures up on the wall, but they keep falling down and it’s very hard to reach to put them back up! You may also have noticed my Studio Stegasaurus which lives on this desk – it roars when you squeeze it. I’ve had the anglepoise lamp since I was at school so it’s lasted a long time!
This is all the brushes, dip pens and inks which I’m using for the book I’m working on.
Then, squeezed into the corner, is my bookcase. It’s got lots of my books in it, as well as reference, sketchbooks, paperwork and some of my childhood favourites too!
I’m not sure I should show you this photo! When I opened the cupboard, I was worried that everything was going to fall out . . . It’s chock full of materials, inks and paper. Tidying it is on my lists of things to do!
That’s all of my space, but we also share an area just inside the door where there’s a big plan chest with a very useful cutting mat on top. I store a lot of my artwork and paper in the drawers here. I’m preparing some Ollie’s Magic Bunny themed activities today so have been using the cutting mat – but I will need to clear it up later in case anyone else wants to use it!
Thank you for letting me show you around my studio space – I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look around and sorry about the mess!
I hope you guys enjoyed that as much as I did! It’s fascinating to see where people work and their process! I’d love to snoop in everyone’s workspaces! Check out my review of Ollie’s Magic Bunny here: BOOK BLOG: Nicola Killen
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!