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'Studio' by Himmapaan 'Studio' by Himmapaan
The title's emphasis is very much on the quotation marks. It is, in fact, merely the corner of my room with the desk upon which I work. Do not be deceived by the apparent orderliness in the picture. This is before I begin. Once the half-dozen or more reference books which I use at any one time are open, it is chaos, and there is never sufficient space. The desk, as you see, is a modest thing. How I should love one the size of a dining table...

Sharp-eyed observers will notice reproductions of works by Dulac and Holbein, among others, on the corkboard. Resting atop it is a vintage print from Punch magazine of an illustration by E.H. Shepard (affectionately and familiarly known as 'the man who drew Pooh').

On the desk, against the wall and perched upon the second Jasperware jar presently obscured by a CD of Renaissance music, is a card with a detail of the Angel from Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks; which to me is one of the most beautiful faces in all Western art.

The big (and perhaps intimidating-looking) clock is inspired by old railway station clocks in its design. I'm very fond of it, though it is sadly rather blanched and faded by the sun now. It served as the model for the clock window is this piece:

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wwwcine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cosy!
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MarkMcNultyDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have a long Desk from Ikea and that was cheap enough! It like as long as i am tall, 6 foot i think? Investment!
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SummerWren Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first thought was "quaint" but then I wondered how you can produce such works of loveliness in a cramped space. Somehow you do, but I cannot know how :) I adore your Art (this from a lifelong admirer of beautiful images, scenes, etc).
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JinnyMcG Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Absolutely everything in your gallery is just fantastic and gorgeous; you put so much detail and love into your work, I'm just really in awe.

:love:

So I'll fav' this photo as a reminder of your work, and put you on my watchlist.

^_^
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Melanorosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
a Lovely place to work :)
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KFuretPourri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
So british >< !! It makes me dreaming !!
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SecilyLyssette Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
I don't know if someone has pointd it out already, but your clock has the wrong roman numeral for four.
It has 'IIII', and it should be 'IV'.

Otherwise, lovely work space. I like how everything is placed together nicely.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
'IIII' has often been an acceptable alternative for 'IV' on clock faces. :) More here: [link]
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SecilyLyssette Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
How interesting! Thanks for sharing. I've had a sort of resentment towards clocks with "IIII" on them. You've changed my ways.
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thank you for sharing your studio, I'm just beginning to accumulate art works and have begun researching and designing furniture for my studio. I think it's interesting to see where and how other artists work to create the marvels that they do.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid this won't provide the best model for designing a studio. It is one corner of a very small and extremely cluttered room. ^^;
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ker-splash Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
i think this is the most you have ever revealed, as far as insight into your talent. i would love to see the vintage print from "the man who drew Pooh."
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I wasn't conscious of concealing anything in terms of my working methods. :giggle: I have no real talent, really. *sad smile* :)
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ker-splash Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
you must be crazy. you are one of the very few who actually has true, legitimate talent that isn't a copy of someone else's. your modesty is overwhelming. you are a BRILLIANT artist. you should not think otherwise, nor should anyone be telling you otherwise.
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slightlytriangle Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I love to see photos of where people work :) My workspace always start off looking quite tidy but ends up looking rather chaotic >.< :XD:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too. :nod:
Mine does too, particularly when deadlines are pressing (like now, for instance, argh).
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Even before I begin work, my work station looks nowhere this orderly :lmao: Such a small space, doesn't it get really annoying at times?

I have the exact same problem with my window; it's ok in winter as the sun's angle is slightly different (annoyingly so because it doesn't warm up the room), but this time of year and for the next 6 months it makes it impossible to work for a whole 2 hours before it sets (and it warms the room all afternoon, which is the last thing one wants during Lebanese summer).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid it does get annoying -- and frequently. ^^;

Oh, that describes it exactly! And in a Lebanese summer, it must be much worse. :faint:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love when you give us glimpses of your working habits. Thank you for updating, from time to time. All the best :)
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marymmmm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I would give damn near anything to stand next to you so I can watch you work ;)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid neither of us would fare well in such a case; I'd seize up entirely and be unable to do a thing if anybody were to stand by and watch. :D
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marymmmm Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Even if I promise to be quiet? ;p
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Even so. ^_^
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marymmmm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, mean! ;)
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teriathanin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not the only one with a tiny, overcrowded workspace? Lovely wall of inspirations, there!
Thanks so much for sharing, it's fascinating to see where your art is made. :)
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alizarinee Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice and must be a very inspiring and relaxing place to work in.
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moonytash Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Its always so interesting to the other people's working places! Love yours)
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PRFury Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so this is where the magic is born, flowing out of your mind through your hands onto the paper? :)
wonderful that you are willing to share your little sanctum with the rest of the world like this :D
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a cozy and nice place to work (for some reason I imagined your work space similar to this :nod: ); having all the books just at arm's lenght, as well as things that inspire you, really help to make it a creative space for you, where you can forget about everything and focus on your work.

The clock is a nice touch, but... seconds and I do not go well, so I avoid any mechanical clock to avoid the ticking and go with digital only. The sound really bothers me, especially when I'm working or reading in silence :/

Thanks for sharing this photo. It's nice to know you're around DA, but I imagine your current project must have you quite busy ;)

By the by, are you familiar with Harry Rountre's work? You should check out his Alice interpretation, it's really cute.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, I understand what you mean. Once, the mere ticking of a clock in a strange place will absolutely rob me of sleep, whereas my own won't trouble me, peculiarly enough. I don't know if that's still the case, as I haven't slept in an unfamiliar place with a clock for a long while. :XD:

I do indeed know Harry Rowntree. :D I shall look up his Alice work, thank you, Javier. :D

I hope all is well with you. ^_^
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is irrititating, isn't it? In the dead of the night it's when one can clearly hear it; that, and the mosquitoes' buzz drives me insane :rage: I have that 'thing' for all clocks, including my own.
Hehehe! :giggle: neither have I, but when I've slept in another house, I've had the luck of not having clocks near me ^_^

Excellent! :D I imagined so, but just wanted to share the name in case you weren't acquainted with him :) (and sorry about mispelling his surname ^^; )

Everything is alright over here, thank you very much for asking :) I hope things are looking bright for you too, my good Peng :hug: It's been a while since I've written to you; I hope to send you a note (or hopefully a letter) in the following month or so.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's just occurred to me I mispelled his name too! :noes: :ohmygod: We both did it by just one letter, it seems. :giggle: Though, in fact, I'm guessing you were going to spell it correctly anyway, but the final missing 'e' was just a typo. So, my bad! :XD: :ashamed:

I just read your latest journal entry. I'm so glad to hear of so many positive developments, though how vexing about the sudden halt with SAPICA. I hope it will all work out eventually. :hug:

I need to find time to write to you again, too! :hug:
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! :giggle: We both got it wrong, in the end :lol: The one at the bad end of the stick is poor Harry and his surname :XD:

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my journal (I know I write most of them as huge blocks of text, so I appreciate it quite much); also I am really touched by your kind words and good wishes :hug: I wish you have a prophet's tongue and that things will eventually turn ok ;)
I hadn't mentioned it, but I imagine you must be submerged in a project right now: I too, hope it will result just as you want and that everything is well with you :glomp:

Me too! :aww: But it's nice to be able to stay in touch like this. At least we do not stay much apart ^_^
Have a happy weekend, Peng! :wave:
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amyjenc1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Amazing!
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The more space you have , the more stuff you find to put in it . " Personal experience anyway " My work bench/carving tables get cluttered with stuff between projects and get cleaner and cleaner when I work on my carvings or other projects .
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's absolutely true about the space. But as a hoader, artist and collector, it's a bit of a moot point, alas. I need a large house with a proper studio and rooms for collecting. And a vault. :XD:
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL , it sounds like you just described me .The problem being if you have a big house or in my case large garage/studio/shop you say " well , gee I can save that for latter and my collection needs that "pick whatever you collect " even though you might not need something for years or ever , even .I've got stuff I can't even find .It's better to have 100 things you can find then 1,000 things you can't find . Unfortunately I'm the latter . Which is why I'm cleaning out stuff right now .
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baummitgift Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Always lovely to see the desk of an artist
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jijikit Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Though it may be small, it looks like a nice space to create! I envy you!
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Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Well I'm impressed you can at least keep your work space to a corner. Mine, like some sort of bacteria, some growing plague upon my house, sweeps it's way from room to room until I'm thoroughly embarrassed by the sheer magnitude of mess I've created.

I like the big jars and what may well be a book holder but it's hard to tell? It does look awfully organised (although you say differently).
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes;, well, the workspace may be confined to this corner, but everything else that consitutes the entire creative process (chiefly all my books, but other things too) have grown up all over the place as well.

Do you mean the captain's chest, perhaps? I keep some of my smaller stationery in it.
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Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
It's a captain's chest? I actually sleep on one from time to time... I somehow got it into my mind they were huge! Shame about the lock or it would double nicely as a book stand.

Must be nice to have a desk right by a window to let the light pour in. Hoping the view is nice to boot for your sake.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Must be different kinds of 'chests' then. I don't think this would have worked as a book stand, lock or no. There is nothing to hold the pages open and no 'rest' so the book would slide right off. :D

You might like to see my reply to ~adarhysenthe about the light though: [link] It's not quite the bonus it looks like, alas. :D And unfortunately, the view is nothing to speak of at all either. :giggle:
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Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Bah, no fun.

Ah well, close the curtains and you could be anywhere in the world (or out of it if you please).

p.s

~Happy Easter
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite right. ^_^

And thank you.
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
โต๊ะกินข้าวที่บ้านเป็นตัวเดียวกับโต๊ะทำงานค่ะ :blush:
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
คงจะมีที่กว้างพอควรสําหรับงานนะครับ :D แต่สงสัยคงไม่ค่อยสะดวกเหมือนกันตรงที่ต้องคอยเก็บของอยู่เรื่อย ^^;
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rinaswan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
จริงค่ะ ^^;
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paintinggael Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Before I read the description, my first thought was "No WAY, it's too clean and neat!" Now I understand. ;)
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LiZn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks much neater than my work space (before or after), which is sad because I have about four times the space (not counting the coffee table). My description would probably be as follows:

Here is my L-shaped glass-top desk that has no storage so everything lives either on the top of the desk, or on the floor. On the left you can see the pile of microbiology/ecology/biochemistry textbooks. The little one is an organic chemistry text from the 1920's. I have no idea why that is on my desk. There's my laptop, PC, and two printers. Then the usual random scattering of headphones, iPods, papers, envelopes, glasses, note cards, wires, etc. The one clear spot is where I eat dinner at night.
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