1: Take a picture of your workspace.
Its actually quite funny that I got this one the day right after my new desktop (I haven’t had one in 5 years) arrived. Also my table is almost never this clean nor this bare, so this is a rare day indeed.
Currently I have two keyboards and an extra mouse trackpad, courtesy of the free pack I get from Apple when purchasing the iMac. I hooked up my old monitor to enable a dual screen whereby I can work and still not have to pull up references in the same screen. Might as well get good use out of appliances that were around.
12. Any weird artist behavior you admit doing?
Sometimes I have problems disassociating weird from bad. So I’ll focus on weird, which is sometimes borderline ‘bad’ for me. When I try to get into the mood for drawing, I have to shut myself from the world.
As in literally, ‘box myself’ into a room. Currently I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, and our workspace is the shared other bedroom. So he’s learned to live with me when I go to ‘clear my head’. Its what we both refer to it. I shut our bedroom door to feel like I’m in an enclosed space, put my headphones on, run whatever suits my mood on my extensive iPod playlist and literally, move around the room.
I pace, I flop on the bed, I stand in place and shake; all the while my head is ticking with a different story or mood or I’m just letting certain things go. It doesn’t always work, but its rather therapeutic.
Part of it is because I used to live in a house with limited space and constrained levels of privacy. However, having lived alone for a few years, I realize it is something I do to get into the mood to work at times.
Oh also, sometimes I purposely watch something to make me seriously moody to draw certain paintings and works to keep me in that mood. Once I lose the sensation for some pieces, getting the groove to finish it becomes a bit of a chore.
I could probably think of a few other weird things, but off the top of my head that’s probably the weirdest of the bunch.