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In The Kitchen Studio 2020-21

Kitchen Studio 2020

Looking back on my blog, I noticed a kitchen studio setup from 2018, so I thought I’d waste a little time doing a follow-up about the kitchen studio state now. 

In 2018, I was using the kitchen studio often because of my kids getting seasonal colds or whatever (read: “too lazy to walk to the real studio”). This past year it has been because of Covid, of course. But also recently because we got ourselves a puppy. My workdays pretty well start at 4:30-5:00 in the morning and go on until 10:00-noon. I rarely leave the apartment, need a shave and a haircut. I could do with a change of clothes and scenery. But the puppy is cute when it’s not gnawing my fingers.

Anyways! The other change was the equipment. Gone are the lightboard, computer, Wacom Pad and copious amounts of caffeine. Now it’s a lot of water, enough caffeine and an iPad Pro. Frikkin love that iPad.

I’m still not sure if working on the iPad is better, in the sense that I haven’t decided if my Apple Pencil line is much different from the scanned ink lines. I’m sure it is, but I don’t think a layperson would notice.

What I do know is my workflow is a cinch. Paper usage is WAY down, and I no longer have to worry about carrying folders of sketches and drawings between the studio, kitchen and summerhouse. I do not scan as much, and my printers—instead—do what they should: print.

I also quit Adobe Creative Cloud and picked up Affinity’s three apps (Photo*, Designer* and Publisher (* even versions for the iPad)) for which I would have used Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for. CC didn’t have any iPad solution I liked, and now I don’t have to pay every month for something I barely need. 

I’m not sure I even need Designer, but I have it just in case, and I only paid for it once. 

Photo has already earned its keep on both platforms. 

Aside from them, Procreate picks up the bulk of my fiddling and is now my official workhorse—aside for pencil and paper. That stuff is not going away.

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