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Studio Tour

STUDIO TOUR

Welcome to my humble little studio. I moved in about 6 months ago at the time of writing (Jan 2017) so I decided it was time to update this page. The most common question I get is "how can you afford this space?!?" and the answer to that is that the Studio takes up almost all of my apartment. I have a tiny 555 sq. ft. space so there's a bathroom, kitchen, and closet. The closet doubles as a bed room since it fits a twin mattress. This is not entirely legal  since state law dictates that a bedroom has to have two "exits" one of which can be a windowin case of a fire. I'll take my chances of getting out the front door over jumping out a third story blacony though.

 Here the front half of the studio. This is where all of the real art work. I won't say too much here, I'll go into detail in the closeups.

Here the front half of the studio. This is where all of the real art work. I won't say too much here, I'll go into detail in the closeups.

 This is my working desk (well one of them). It's made of two cheap Ikea tables. I think the whole setup for the desk and legs was under $75. I used white tops to match the color in the rest of the space which was probably not the best idea since it gets dirty very easily. Luckily, the tabletops are cheap so if it gets too bad I can replace it for $25. The station is lit with daylight LED strips.

This is my working desk (well one of them). It's made of two cheap Ikea tables. I think the whole setup for the desk and legs was under $75. I used white tops to match the color in the rest of the space which was probably not the best idea since it gets dirty very easily. Luckily, the tabletops are cheap so if it gets too bad I can replace it for $25. The station is lit with daylight LED strips.

 My work area is divided into two stations for painting and assembly. In the paint station, I have my paints on nail polish racks. I don't remember exactly where I originally bought them but they originally came clear and I painted them black. Besides the paints on the racks, there's another drawer of miscellaneous paints that I don't own the complete series of.

My work area is divided into two stations for painting and assembly. In the paint station, I have my paints on nail polish racks. I don't remember exactly where I originally bought them but they originally came clear and I painted them black. Besides the paints on the racks, there's another drawer of miscellaneous paints that I don't own the complete series of.

 Another thing I get asked about a lot is my airbrush set up. Everything I use is off-brand. I recently upgraded the compressor to one with a tank that allows for smoother airflow. I think it ran for $100. I have several airbrushes from different places average price range $15-$20. I've never had the need for something more expensive. Mechanically, they all work the same and more precisely machined parts don't really enhance the performance. Also for the cheap brushes, I can just but a new one for cheaper than even a small part on a brand name one.

Another thing I get asked about a lot is my airbrush set up. Everything I use is off-brand. I recently upgraded the compressor to one with a tank that allows for smoother airflow. I think it ran for $100. I have several airbrushes from different places average price range $15-$20. I've never had the need for something more expensive. Mechanically, they all work the same and more precisely machined parts don't really enhance the performance. Also for the cheap brushes, I can just but a new one for cheaper than even a small part on a brand name one.

 Next is the assembly area. Nothing too special about this. There's a wall mounted organizer for Ikea. Unfortunately they don't sell this anymore, I got it for $5 when they were clearing out. It's pretty useful since there's paper towel organizer on the top. The monitor has Chromecast so I can project reference images from my phone. Otherwise it scrolls through Kpop girl bands.

Next is the assembly area. Nothing too special about this. There's a wall mounted organizer for Ikea. Unfortunately they don't sell this anymore, I got it for $5 when they were clearing out. It's pretty useful since there's paper towel organizer on the top. The monitor has Chromecast so I can project reference images from my phone. Otherwise it scrolls through Kpop girl bands.

 A view of just the assembly desk. Like I said nothing too special.

A view of just the assembly desk. Like I said nothing too special.

 A few people also asked me what brushes I use. Like a lot of other things, off-brand I don't have any Windsor & Newton Series 7 like a lot of other painters do. I just order mail painting brushes in bulk online from China. I usually throw them out after one or two sessions when the tip dies but at only a few cents each, I'm not worries. I refuse to pay $30 for a brush I might accidentally ruin by dipping in glue.

A few people also asked me what brushes I use. Like a lot of other things, off-brand I don't have any Windsor & Newton Series 7 like a lot of other painters do. I just order mail painting brushes in bulk online from China. I usually throw them out after one or two sessions when the tip dies but at only a few cents each, I'm not worries. I refuse to pay $30 for a brush I might accidentally ruin by dipping in glue.

 On top of the painting station are some of my painting awards from over the years. I need to find a better solution for these since the shelves are bowing forwards slighting under the weight.

On top of the painting station are some of my painting awards from over the years. I need to find a better solution for these since the shelves are bowing forwards slighting under the weight.

 On the right of the desk are my painted boardgames displayed inside of Ikea Detolf cases. These are the most affordable glass display cases on the market. I think they're going for about $70 a piece now. The additional lighting kit on the inside is about $20.

On the right of the desk are my painted boardgames displayed inside of Ikea Detolf cases. These are the most affordable glass display cases on the market. I think they're going for about $70 a piece now. The additional lighting kit on the inside is about $20.

 Underneath the working desk are all of my project boxes. Most of these are commissions but some are my own personal projects that I'll get to some day. One of them has 70+ unpainted metal Sisters of Battle. There are also several big Forgeworld pieces and 3 Warhound titans that I can't wait to do.

Underneath the working desk are all of my project boxes. Most of these are commissions but some are my own personal projects that I'll get to some day. One of them has 70+ unpainted metal Sisters of Battle. There are also several big Forgeworld pieces and 3 Warhound titans that I can't wait to do.

 There is another set of storage drawers underneath the assembly area. This one is all of my basing supplies. There's a mix of stuff from store bought to stuff I piceked up in the street or woods.

There is another set of storage drawers underneath the assembly area. This one is all of my basing supplies. There's a mix of stuff from store bought to stuff I piceked up in the street or woods.

 The other half of the room is my other work desk (for computer work) and the display shelves for my Warhammer 40,000 armies. Most of these are mine but there's some commission work too. On top of the shelves are my big Gundams and some boxed 40k armies.

The other half of the room is my other work desk (for computer work) and the display shelves for my Warhammer 40,000 armies. Most of these are mine but there's some commission work too. On top of the shelves are my big Gundams and some boxed 40k armies.

 This is the actual work desk where I work my day job for a consulting company (work from home, yay!). I have some mixing stuff here too. Around the room are more Kpop (Korean pop) posters. There's mixing stuff on the table too since I travel some weekends and DJ Korean and Japanese music at clubs.

This is the actual work desk where I work my day job for a consulting company (work from home, yay!). I have some mixing stuff here too. Around the room are more Kpop (Korean pop) posters. There's mixing stuff on the table too since I travel some weekends and DJ Korean and Japanese music at clubs.

 Sorry for the potato quality picture on this one. I'll replace it when I find my SD card. In the center of the room is my gaming table (fun fact I've never even had a chance to play 40k on it!). This was custom made roughly following this guide from  Warpminds . I have some small modifications. First a crossbar across the middle and removable inserts.

Sorry for the potato quality picture on this one. I'll replace it when I find my SD card. In the center of the room is my gaming table (fun fact I've never even had a chance to play 40k on it!). This was custom made roughly following this guide from Warpminds. I have some small modifications. First a crossbar across the middle and removable inserts.

 The gaming table in the middle can alternatively be made into an actual table with inserts if I need more space. I switch this out for playing boardgames or if I need dinner space for guests.

The gaming table in the middle can alternatively be made into an actual table with inserts if I need more space. I switch this out for playing boardgames or if I need dinner space for guests.

 Underneath the gaming table in the middle of the room are various miniature transport cases. Also there's some more terrain and another setup for the gaming table.

Underneath the gaming table in the middle of the room are various miniature transport cases. Also there's some more terrain and another setup for the gaming table.

 And finally here are some images of the old studio from my old place. It's a  lot smaller than the one I have now.

And finally here are some images of the old studio from my old place. It's a  lot smaller than the one I have now.

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