Hi Folks – Just a brief posting this week. Previously on Tips and Tricks (Here). Workstations were the subject. Some folk’s workstations were their studios. In some cases, artists will have a dedicated room to ply their craft. Others will have a simple corner of an existing space. Over the years I’ve worked in living rooms, bedrooms, basements, cubicles and rented spaces. Most recently I have a small studio building on my property devoted to exclusively to art creation. Your studio should be a place of comfort, reflecting an environment that is conducive to your particular creative approach. My studio is my fortress of solitude. I do not have any of my work displayed in my studio. I like to think of the entire space as a blank canvas. I do have a number of interesting objects and selected art books around for inspiration. Additionally my studio includes a separate computer area for researching subjects on the net. Keeping things simple is my priority but I’m always battling clutter and the general and expected artistic mess. Remember – “a creative mind is rarely tidy!” Below are a couple of examples of other studio/ workstations submitted from two visitors to this blog. Both examples show a space that utilizes a multiple disciplined approach (digital and traditional). My concern is having a digital workstation in close proximity to traditional media. I would worry about liquid spills in the area of electronics. Although if you are a neat worker ( I am not ) and work on a smaller scale, then this set-up may be satisfactory for your needs and methods. In the next installment, (if I can find a number of photographs) I will post photos of past and present studios that I have had the pleasure and displeasure to work in. Till then – happy painting! Thanks to Linda and Tom for your submissions.
Tips and Tricks and your suggestions #4 – Workstations and Studios
John Jude Palencar
Monday, June 13th, 2011
John Jude Palencar is a rarity among modern artists, mixing meticulous technique reminiscent of the old masters with a soaring, darkly surreal imagination. There are touches of Bosch and Da Vinci in his visual allegories of netherworld landscapes and doomed characters.For more than twenty-five years, he has created book covers and received honors for his contributions to the field of illustration including Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, two Gold Book Awards from Spectrum, and four Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). Most recently John was presented the award for “Artistic Achievement” by ASFA at the World Fantasy Convention held in Yokohama, Japan. His work has appeared on hundreds of book covers in over thirty countries for authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.D. James, Charles deLint, David Brin and Stephen King. Recently, his cover paintings for Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, have appeared on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller List. (Paolini named Eragon’s birthplace “Palancar Valley” after John.) Time, Smithsonian, and National Geographic Magazine, and the Philadelphia Opera have employed his illustrative talents for their publications and productions. Palencar has also worked on entertainment projects for Lucas Arts, Paramount Pictures and Vivendi Universal. He enjoys an on-going artist-in-residence program in County Kerry, Ireland, where his personal paintings were included in a special exhibit entitled, “Images of Ireland” held at the National Museum in Dublin.He continues to create new work and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Occasionally John is invited to lecture and serve as an artist-in-residence at colleges and universities across the country.He resides in northeastern Ohio with his wife, Lee, and two sons, Ian and Kit.