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Artists studios: Tom Kidd, Andrew
Like many artists, I enjoy seeing how other artists arrange and use their studios and work spaces. This is partly out of curiosity and partly with an eye to possibly useful ideas.

Here are a couple more sources for photos of artists’ studios, in this case mostly illustrators, concept artists and comics artists. One is an article on Muddy Colors and the other a Tumblr blog called art workspace. In both cases, the images are linked to larger ones in which you can see more detail.

As always, the range of environments and approaches is fascinating, and it’s particularly interesting to see the artist’s working space when you’re familiar with their work.

I’ve selected example images here for the studios of some artists I have previously featured on Lines and Colors, and provided links to my articles below.

(Images above, studios of: Tom Kidd, Andrew “Android” Jones, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Paolo Rivera, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Tran Nguyen, Shawn Barber, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Eric Fortune, Donato Giancola, Chris Buzelli, Drew Struzan)

[Via John Gallagher]


10 responses to “More artists’ studios”

  1. A very male line up! Interesting to see them, I love seeing other artists’ workspaces although makes me feel like I should go tidy mine up. Or at least despatch of some of the spiders.

    1. Unless, of course, the spiders are inspirational.

      Yes, Yuko Shimizu and Tran Nguyen are the only women in this particular group, and there are only a few more in the two original sources of images. The fields of concept art and comics are still largely dominated by men, though that is slowly changing.

  2. Travis Charest must be a big fan of Drew Struzan.

    1. Evidently.
      I can think of lesser heroes for an illustrator to admire.

  3. Spiders are my studio buddies.

    It appears (not surprisingly) that the most important part of the studio is light, artificial or natural, over actual amount of space needed (unless, apparently, you are Tom Kidd).

    It would be an interesting post; examining what the various professionals use for lighting, especially for those of us basement artists that are always searching for the best artificial lighting sources to place among the spiders.


    1. I don’t have enough info for a comprehensive post. One thing I’ll suggest in the short run is that the most important element in artificial lighting for an artist’s studio is the color temperature of the light. Most incandescent bulbs and the CFL’s that emulate them are too warm and heavy on yellow (2300 – 3000K). Studio light should ideally be of a temperature simulating daylight (around 5500 – 5600K).

      It may seem harsh to read by if you’re used to warmer light, but try looking at your art books under daylight bulbs.

      High end is something like Solux, very balanced, used in galleries and museums, but expensive: You can sometimes get them through office supply stores.

      Low end, but acceptable are hardware store “daylight” bulbs at 5000K.

      I think the ones from art suppliers are overpriced. Same opinion of “OttLite”.

  4. Thanks, Charley. I use the “daylights”, but am looking to upgrade. Also, still wrestling with what the ideal brightness should be.


    1. If it’s any help, I use several swing-arm lamps, which allows me to add or subtract lights to adjust level of brightness as well as the angle of the light.

  5. Charley, I really liked the link you put up in 2012 – Artist studios in 360°, by Bradford Bohonus.
    He last added to it in 2014, now with over 150 artists…take a trip around a huge variety of spaces! Thanks again!

    1. Thanks, Ian. Unfortunately, I’m seeing this as a dead or empty link. I don’t know if it’s a temporary problem.