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My boyfriend and I share a 1-bedroom apartment in Queens. We moved the TV into the bedroom and threw out the couch, so now our living room is our art studio. For space-strapped artists, I think it’s a good way to go. But it’s important to keep the studio a pure workspace. Get rid of the couch, TV, and anything else that distracts you. Moving it to next room might be enough to keep you focused.
My laptop and light box are always on my drafting table, as I jump between those two tools most often. I use the light box for cartooning and collage work.
I also have a screen printing set-up in the corner. I got a good deal on a small kitchen island from Ikea (it was a floor display) and I made that my printing station. The height is just right for screen printing.
3. What's on your "next to try" list?
5. What music do you listen to when designing?
6. How long does a design take you to create?
7. How do you organize your supplies?
8. What books/magazines do you read?
I’m getting serious about editing and self-publishing, so I’m reading several books on grammar. I have the Chicago Manual of Style, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. And I just finished a great graphic novel by Luke Pearson called Everything We Miss.
9. How would you describe your personal style?
10. How do you determine what a design is going to be made with?
In terms of collage and decoupage, I use materials I have respect for. I have a respect for old romance comics and vintage illustrated advertisements. I think they have beauty and value. In a way, I’m trying to pay tribute to that.
11. Do you have a collection of anything?
I collect hand made, self-published comics (also known as minicomics). I especially like ones that are hand crafted in a unique and artful way.
To read what one of Robyn's contributors shared about the book pop on over to Steve Bissette's blog SRBisette.
13. And the all important question (from Ravelry) what is your favorite swear word?
I don’t have a clear favorite, though a certain four-letter word that begins with F is pretty utilitarian (though perhaps a boring choice).
OH and Robyn's list of 10 things no one else has probably done:
1. Worked at a cat hotel (The Cat's Pajamas in Long Island City, New York).
2. Created a serious comics anthology all about poop (see Make: Comics
About an Intimate Act).
3. Created a series of zines all about eye glasses (see: Hey, 4-Eyes!)
4. Was the first ever fellow at The Center for Cartoon Studies.
5. Had a grandma who was a cartoonist, self-publisher, and a Marine.
6. Followed in my grandma's footsteps as cartoonist and self-publisher
(though not as a Marine).
7. Got a job in children's publisher after co-creating a comic called True Porn.
8. Grew up in Wasilla, Alaska, and made it to the Big Apple (and got a
job in the Empire State Building, even!)
9. Makes jewelry and home decore out of vintage romance comics.
10. Studies minicomic history and republishes out-of-print minicomics
(see: The Complete Deep Girl).
Thanks Robyn for taking a few minutes to share a bit about yourself, your creativity and workspace!More about the new Quarry book:
Do you dream of becoming a comic artist? Drawing Comics Lab covers all of the basic steps necessary to produce a comic, from the first doodle to the finished publication. This easy-to-follow book is designed for the beginning or aspiring cartoonist; both children and adults will find the techniques to be engaging and highly accessible. Featured artists include: - James Sturm - Tom Hart - Jessica Abel - Matt Madden - Eddie Campbell - And many others Start your comic adventures today with Drawing Comics Lab!
Robyn Chapman has studied cartooning at two of the medium’s finest institutions, receiving her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. In 2005 she became The Center for Cartoon Studies’ first fellow, and spent the next five years as their program coordinator and a faculty member. She has built and managed the curriculum for their successful Create Comics and Cartooning Studio workshops. Her cartooning courses, workshops, and lectures have brought her to classrooms at The New School, Wellesley College, The University of Iowa, and the 92nd Street Y. She lives in New York City. Visit her online at http://paperrocketcomics.com/.