This is my working space at the moment.  Two desks next to each other – one where I actually work, and one which is pretty much just surface for my shiny new printer and other assorted bits and pieces.  I actually like this set-up a lot: the laptop screen is a good distance away, I have space in front of it for a drawing tablet and a sketchbook, and space either side for the things which I inevitably end up keeping close to hand (a couple of pens, often my phone) and a set of speakers.  There’s a jar of pens, pencils, and so on, in the corner.  To my right there’s a wooden wine-box on the desk, in which I have a few sketchbooks, a mug, and my camera; in front of it are a couple of piles of paper and books.

And yes, I do have two lights.  One is a normal, yellow-coloured light; the other is more blue and has reflectors which make it stronger and more diffuse.  When I’m working on drawings I use both, which is as close as I can get to mimicking daylight.  There are two skylights – north-facing, even – over these desks.


When the zones are marked out like this it’s obvious how this works so well: the frequency with which I need to access the different areas is consistent with how far a reach they are.   I’d guess that most good studies conform to this pattern – it’s one that’s logical to introduce, and even if things don’t start out that way it soon happens simply through use.

It reminds me of this drawing, by Sarah Wigglesworth, of the order and disorder of a dinner.

wigglesworth dinner

Anyway, the structured desk space is a good alternative to my other working environment (which involves sitting in the corner of my bed with my laptop on wine crate in front of me).