|David M. Evans, Visual Journalist/Illustrator|
Washington D.C. metro area
"This is my corner of the world. I guess it would be a bedroom in most households but in ours it's considered the studio. It's a constant battle to keep the non-art related stuff from encroaching. I work for a large media company in the D.C. metro area. In the media the television is a requirement so it sort of found it's way into my own space. Unless I'm working on things from the office it stays off. Music is more important to me while I work on my own projects. The giant base and tweeters keep the room filled with an iTunes radio station called Secret Agent. It makes me feel as though I lead an exotic life. I work primarily on the giant dinosaur in the back. The silver laptop belongs to work and the black one belongs to my wife and usually is in the other corner. I just happened to have them all on the desk at once. The white piece of furniture represents my desire to hold on to the past. It used to be chocked full of all kinds of art stuff. Now it holds my digital camera and a much-thinned out collection of traditional supplies. My book collection includes topics that range from art to home improvement. The bulletin board holds sketches and ideas for future projects."
"My wife is a CPA. This is her corner. I lust after the space that's there. When I look at it I see a mirage before my eyes of a nice drawing board and more storage. Maybe even an easel so I could use my newly purchased oils. But a marriage is about compromise so I turn back around in my chair and try to put the real estate out of my mind."
"In the third corner the filing cabinet is the largest item. It holds what would be giant piles of life's paperwork if it weren't there. Even now it overflows into baskets and sub-piles. The painting on the wall is of N.Y. Yankee Lou Gehrig. It was my first painting assignment in college. It's acrylic on illustration board. It's a reminder of where I have come from talent-wise. The top shelf holds my remote controlled Mini and another painting I painted for my wife. It's of Russell Crowe...and that's all I'm going to say about that. The other shelf holds an N.C. Wyeth biography, WWII history and art books. I am amazed and inspired by Erik Tiemen's art in The Art of Star Wars. The lucky bamboo plant is there to help me on my quest to build a stronger illustration career. Plus, it's nice to have a little of the outside inside."
"An Ace in Action. The story of Snoopy and the Red Baron exemplifies creativity to me. Who would have thought to combine a flying dog house, the Red Baron and not to mention a Beagle capable of flying that doghouse. Charles Schultz was a genius."
"A Snoopy of our own. Olive is a Beagle/Bassett mix. She doesn't take kindly to strangers in the studio. You can see the remains of a trespasser behind her. She's a killer of all things stuffed."
"Buzz Lightyear sits on the top of my workstation. I single this toy out for two reasons. The first is that I admire the artistic development it takes to produce a movie like the Toy Story series. The second is that it's going to take a slightly delusional super hero's herculean effort to revive my illustration career. Like Buzz I'll probably learn a few things along the way and realize that some of the answers were right in front of me all along. Plus who doesn't like a barrel of Monkeys?" -DE