We've been transitioning a bit here at our house in the Mission, so thought I'd take advantage of the recent Drawger trend of studio "exposes". Ye olde drafting table. Apropos to nothing, I heard Phil Collins has given up drumming.
My friend Bernie Jungle the master carpenter made these cabinets. I designed them, based on the space and my storage needs, but he made these works of art. I can fit most of my drawings and supplies in them. The idea was to make the room look big (it's tiny, 9'x10')while maximizing storage. Please pardon the bad Hockney-esque photo montage.
The "sketch wall" next to my drafting table. Here, you see print-outs of an upcoming book...except I will probably be rethinking all of these spreads, so maybe this is all that anyone will see of them.
I've had this Calef Brown masterpiece in my files for some time now, but now it's been on my counter top as we have been trying to figure out how to properly frame it. It's such an incredible piece, I can hardly deal with it. I think this may work...what do you think? Too heavy a frame? Lately, I've been feeling like I'm somewhere between Brokenman and The Partial Avenger, but then sometimes I've felt that I may be able to harness the powers of The Green Spaniel and I feel hopeful.
Another masterwork that makes me somewhat ill with apreciation that has been on the countertop awaiting framing, by Michael Bartalos, as a wedding gift, an illustration of our actual wedding day, complete with pastor Tim Carroll in fez, and our flight to Greece honeymoon. This has migrated from the flat files to the sitting position on my cabinet top for weeks now, as we ponder how best to frame.
This is the closet in my drawing room, full of book samples, art supplies, random paintings and my dying xerox machine (lower left). This machine has been a champion for me, and I have done my best to rebuild it, but alas it's time has come. I am sad to say this...ok I will say, the Xerox 5314 is the best dang copier ever made, and you BLEW it Xerox by not making more of these ad infinatum.
A drawing of a large reptile by a young Steven Harrigan. As always, the kids draw far better than the grown-ups, so I try to keep some of their drawings on the wall to remind me.
"The Painting Corner", where I try and make paintings the way I want to see them, whether or not anyone else wants to see them, let alone purchase them. Working up in size, but being cautious because if it's big and no one buys it we're stuck with it and it better look good because it's stuck in our house!!
The view out of my "drawing room" window. This is Treat Avenue, and it's the best damn block of Treat Avenue in the city, and I am not kidding. This block is chock full of amazing people - artists, writers, architects, carpenters, potters, mechanics, mai-jong masters, weirdos, - trust me, a great, precious block. Not that any city block isn't precious, just sayin' there is some pride here on this block...
Out of my other "drawing room" window is the infamous Sutro Tower, up on twin peaks. It ain't exactly the pacific ocean, but hey it's a lovely view! I often witness the fog creeping over these hills and can anticipate the impending radical drop in temperature that will follow. Those of you who find yourselves tourists here will hopefully find yourself up on these exact peaks, as they have the best vantage point with which to fully view this city. And I will SEE you from my "drawing room", so beware! Bwaa-aaa-aaa-aaaa...
...and then there's the "computer room", next door. Here I can show off my brand new iMac, which arrived unexpectedly and made my wallet most unhappy. But so far, we've been making friends.
The computer room, another small 10x10 room, doubles as the music recording zone. Sorry for these crappy photos, we desperately need a new camera too.
The room is a bit of a wreck. There's line art for a job I just finished for Ronn Campisi, next to my cheap scanner that's been rendered useless by Snow Leopard.