You need space to create art. For most of you reading this post, that means you will need to create your very own little art haven; but we’ll call it your studio! It’s amazing how names can dictate behavior, but lets get back to the task at hand…
Your studio space should be at least 36 square feet that’s a 6 foot by 6 foot space if we make it a square.
A corner of a basement or partially unfinished attic is perfect provided it is livable environment. Livable meaning it doesn’t flood and you won’t die of heat stroke if you spend a few hours there. You’re probably not going to be able to focus on learning to draw if you are struggling to survive.
Not only should your studio space be comfortable, it needs to be yours. Ideally it should not be a shared space with anyone else.
Don’t try to turn your family computer room or kitchen table into your art studio, you will regret that decision. You’ll be making messes in there and can’t risk other people getting in the way of your creative process.
Did I mention mess?
Yes, learning to draw can be quite messy. I have learned over time to be quite neat when I make art, due to organization (more on that later), but as my little niece Amber likes to say: “Accidents happen”. Never the wiser words spoken from a little youngster!
Go ahead and turn that corner of your bedroom into a little comfy art study if you dare, but don’t complain to me when your have charcoal embedded in your favorite comforter and are sporting a custom oil paint encrusted carpet. Yippee! That’s always fun to try and get out.
Try to set up your creative haven where you don’t mind if things get slightly messy. That’s why I like basements and partially finished attics. Got a water source nearby? Even better.
Time to Get Creative
You just might have to improvise but hey, this is a blog about such things isn’t it? Maybe you need to leave your residence altogether and focus on your artwork elsewhere.
Perhaps you have a great aunt with a spare room or you work with somebody whose spouse has some vacant basement space on a commercial property he owns. Think and ask around if you need to.
I used to paint in my grandmother’s basement. It was spacious and super private. I would sneak down there and it would take hours before people figured out how to interrupt me. By that time I was probably ready to take a break anyway.
Where do you make your artwork?