Still in search of the perfect studio set-up

A couple of weeks ago, I enlisted the Wrenaissance Man’s assistance and moved my drawing table yet again. I simply couldn’t stand having my hand cast shadows across my work. This time the table runs parallel to the window wall and one edge slightly overlaps the edge of the Wrenaissance Man’s L-shaped work top.

Sawhorse drawing table, director's chair and studio set-up

I can’t stop movin’ you. My drawing table now faces the window. But will it stay there?

Now light flows in across the front of the desk, eliminating hand shadows. Corrie is quite pleased about the cushion on a foot stool next to the window for her outdoor observation pleasure, lol!

Unfortunately, this does backlight any still life or live specimen set-ups. There’s one other flaw: the egg-poaching bright light that comes through that window in the afternoon. The light here really is more powerful and glaring than other climates.

A drawing table facing a brightly lit window is not ergonomic for the eyes.

Arrgh, my eyes! Trying to work facing this glare is a recipe for eyestrain!

Next step is measuring the windows and finding a light-diffusing blind or roller shade that would fit in the shallow profile between the screen and the front edge of the wood frame.

Right now we are using some Ultrasuede panels that were left behind by the previous owner. These completely block the light, making a comfortable environment for color photography work on the computer. Unfortunately, I want full, but diffuse natural light.

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