In 2016, in the days before toddlers, when it was only cats and dogs underfoot, I built a very fancy desk.
It is lightweight, made of balsa wood, with cabinet hardware hinges mounted on the sides, so it can be easily detached for a different angle, or swapped out for one of 2 others just like it. It has a shelf with a fancy angled book holder for reference, great lighting, a chair that had been locked at the perfect height for excellent working posture, and reference monitors everywhere. It is an ideal working arrangement for me. Not pictured is the cabinet I am standing over for the photo, which contains all of my rare and exotic tools. Everything is within arms reach by simply swiveling around. It is a wonder of engineering and DIY craftsmanship.
And since having kids, I have used this setup a total of 3 times.
Since having kids, I use my fancy desk only for livestreaming, (it does look fancy after all!) and never for actual work. The truth is that 99.99% of the drawing and painting I do, I do on a basic, regular old clipboard. I know that is not something anyone wants to hear, but it’s the truth. Everything has to be instantly mobile nowadays. Toddlers are always climbing on desks and pulling over lamps and trying to microwave the cat. You have to be quick, lightweight, and always moving. I dress like a ninja every day, eat only coffee and scraps I can steal, and keep all of my drawing tools rubber banded to a clipboard. I have gotten used to drawing at kitchen tables, drawing while sitting on the living room floor, drawing while standing, drawing while cooking, washing dishes, brushing toddlers teeth, and in the very best case scenario, drawing on my clipboard, which has been placed for a moment on top of my fancy drawing table.
- 2 x Staedtler 925 05 (in HB and 2B) stored in leather sleeve
- 1 x Generals Layout Pencil
- 1 x Kimberlys 2H Pencil
- 1 x Mono Zero eraser
- 1 x Smudge Stick of unknown origin
- 1 x Small hand sharpener, firmly affixed to a wall, hidden in a hall closet.
- 1 x heavy duty cover sheet. (Danger is everywhere. Keep your drawing safe!)
- 5 x Cups Black Coffee