Visit My Wonder Chamber: Studio Tour


My Studio

Welcome to my studio!  Let me take you on a tour so you understand a little more about me and my process.  First of all, let’s talk about the space itself.  This is supposed to be a kitchen nook, but I quickly took it over and claimed it as my art studio.  As you can see, it’s a little cramped, but for now, it works.  I especially like the natural light coming in from the window.  I use a drafting table for most of my illustration work.  I used to keep it on an angle but quickly discovered this is not so great for sumi-e ink painting 😉  I use the easel for painting on canvas.  I recently purchased a rolling storage unit with several bins that works great for holding all my different art supplies.  I tend not to use my rolling chair though, as I tend to roll away while working!  Sumi-e painting is easier to do while standing anyway.

What inspires me to get to work?  As you can see, I have a poster of Audrey Hepburn.  I love this one, as it shows her quirky personality.  She’s dancing at a club in the film Funny Face.  My mom jokingly suggested I practice doing each of these poses if I get writer’s block 😉  I purchased the hanging scroll in Japan.  It depicts Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genjiwhich is known to be the first modern novel.  It’s inspiring that the book was written by a female writer.  At the far right, you can also see a poster from the Japanese anime film, My Neighbor Totoro.  I’m a big Hayao Miyazaki fan and it’s sad to hear he is retiring.  Two of my favorite films are Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke.  He is a known feminist, which is especially cool because he’s a guy.

What’s your vision? I have a bulletin board for reference material.  I also post images of artwork I like, especially those with a unique style.  Above my desk you’ll see my current vision board.  This one is particularly large 😉  Vision boards are great for organizing your goals through a creative, intuitive process.  I like to include mantras as well as images.  Creating vision boards is probably how I first discovered my love for collaging.  The best part is when you look back at old ones and realize many of your dreams came true!

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

I just finished reading the new book by the author of Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon.  See my previous post.  In this book, titled Show Your Work!, the author shares tips for how to put your work out there and get noticed.  One of his recommendations is to “open up your cabinet of curiosities,”  which is what I have done for you today.

Here are two of my favorite quotes:

“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.”  Ira Glass

“Making books has always felt very connected to my bookselling experience, that of wanting to draw people’s attention to things that I liked, to shape things that I liked into new shapes.”  —Jonathan Lethem

Angela Blvd

Kleon also suggests you build a name for yourself.  Welcome to the world of Angie Kidd!  I hope you enjoy your stay.  Come back again soon 🙂

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anne
    May 15, 2014 @ 21:04:07

    Thanks for letting us in Angie. It’s very inspiring.


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