Working as a paid artist is hard work and like any other freelancer most of your time will be spent trying to get your work noticed and pick up commissions. The rest of the time will hopefully be channelled into actually creating your next masterpiece.
Unlike most freelancers however, an artist requires a little more equipment and space than a desk and a computer. A good art studio is expensive to rent and is often difficult to find locally. There are options of renting shared spaces with other artists, but if you really want to create the ideal space to inspire your creativity then why not consider building your own home art studio. If you have a garden, even better, if you have a spare room, either way, the following tips will still prove helpful:
Step 1. If you don’t have a suitable building or space to convert into an art studio you can build your own using a prefab steel building. These are cost-effective and quick to install and will give you a blank canvas to create your ideal studio.
Step 2. Look for clever storage ideas. One of the key elements to a good home art studio is making sure you have storage options for all of the many art materials you will need. Storage can be as elaborate as fitted cupboards and bespoke shelving or as simple as empty jam jars and biscuit containers to store brushes and paper safely.
Step 3. Decorate it. Whilst you don’t want your new art studio to be so busy that it draws your attention away from your creative projects, you do want the space to feel warm, welcoming and inspiring so decorate your space to your own personal taste making plenty of room on the walls for sketches and pictures that you will accumulate along the way.
Step 4. Even in the summer, if you find yourself working through the night you will need some protection from the cold (assuming you’re not in the tropics). Not all art materials perform well when the temperature drops below a comfortable level so install a heater to turn up the temperature on your creative ideas. Portable space heaters are also an affordable option.
Step 5. Furnish your studio. Although you will probably spend most of your time on your feet in your home studio, it is handy to have a comfortable seating area to allow you to take a step back and consider your direction. Try an old sofa or bean bags for a more relaxed working environment. You will also need a table and shelves to store paints, brushes, boxes, and other materials. If you are also going to be using a computer then you will need a sturdy desk. One important must-have is a sink with running water for your dedicated clean up station ensuring art tools like brushes and cups are kept clean after use.
Step 6. Plenty of light. Make sure when you are creating your space, decorating it and filling it with all your necessary materials that you leave plenty of room for good light. Natural light is always best so make sure there are adequate windows. If windows are a premium, try adding artificial lighting in strategic positions to flood light onto your creative processes.
Step 7. Finally all that’s left to do is move in. Once your studio is ready you can move in and create your new creative future.