The field of battle! The drawing board.
For the past couple of years I’ve had an Ikea “drawing board” – essentially a large table with a built in “lightbox” (really a glass window on top of the table, that, when lit from below, can act as a lightboard).
1) Moleskin – four thumbnail pages per page – so eight pages are layed out – that’s the entirity of numbercruncher #6.
2) a small paint roller paint tray – basically it’s hooked onto the metal bit (which in turn is hooked onto the back of the table) and gives me a little box to keep ink and drawing tools in – not too many, but as many as I need.
3) The pens are, left to right, a .5 mechanical pencil (2H lead), a traditional nib dip pen (no idea what kind of dip pen it is, I bought a batch several years ago from my local graphics shop – they were labelled “sketching”) a brush, a sapphire series 51 0 brush (a rigging brush for painting rigging on pictures of boats). These are all held in place on top of a car dashboard non-stick surface, bought for a £1 in the local pound shop – basically it’s a sticky gel, that you can just plant things on – despite the extreme angle of the table (and you can see the angle from the attached sideview of the table)
4) an off cut of a £1 roll of “non-slip surface” – again from a local pound shop-this stuff is designed for cushions or mats or sundry other items, but I’ve found it’s a great addition to the drawing table – the offcut allows me to plant block of paper on top of it and it will not move, again, despite the angle.
5) Either a bit of scrap paper (which black inklines on it) OR A full roll of the “non-slip surface” running along the top of the table – it’s a BIG table and that upper area is unused, having that non-slip surface along the top means I can just plant tools up there out of the way when I don’t need them. (I accidentally labelled two things as ‘5’)
6) my ipad. For reference. Or music. Or tv while I work.
7) Angle poise lamp, from Ikea – I went for the flourescent tube model, I rarely use it as my drawing table is planted directly below the bulb in my studio.
8) Books – I have two shelves of books just above my head. I’m continually worried they’ll fall and crush me. I can place scripts, etc, in between books here – sticking out enough to remind me they exist.
9) A reference of pages sizes – I’m currently drawing a US sized book and a 2000AD sized strip, this keeps me right (since I don’t use pre-printed paper)
10) White bluetack (bit hard to see where 10 is – it’s just below the drawing pad) – a big wodge of it, which I move around as I rotate the art to keep it in place (though it’s less used now I have slightly more non-stick surface that I can put underneath the artpad)
11) circle/ellipse templates, etc – just sitting there, underused.
12) Rulers! Two of them. They’re big!
13) My script
14) some rubbers. I have a lot of rubbers.