As the newest member of Pizza Island, I try to keep my workspace as obnoxious as possible. After all, I have a lot of rising in the ranks to do, and that’s how it works.
Here’s how my desk looks during the digital stage. I use my Cintiq to lay out comics from scripts on my laptop. The headphones are there so I can listen to Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” and drown out evidence of life around me. This is especially useful when there’s loud construction, studiomates need help carrying things, and cats are in heat.
When I’m done with pencils, it’s time to get this monitor off my desk! My Cintiq is connected to an ergonomic arm for easy rotation. Check out my vile ink dish in this photo! I’m never going to clean it, or anything.
Now it’s time for the fun stuff! I print my layouts out and ink over them with a lightbox. Here’s a peak into my drawer, which is always filled with garbage. The pink soap is for washing my brushes. The dowels, screws and hammer are for fixing problems.
I keep my laptop close by to watch TV shows during inking sessions. I watch a lot of things that don’t require your full attention, like Lost and CSPAN.
Here’s a closer look at my favorite tools. A Winsor & Newton Series 7 sable brush, size 3. Koh-i-noor “Rapidograph” india ink, pens for panel borders and word balloons, and Pro White for corrections (I use an old, worn-out W&N brush for those). And there’s my filthy ink dish again! Oh dear.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peak into my art lair! Stay tuned for more PI process photo fun.