Okey, at the extreme risk of boring everyone stupid, here's a mini tour of my mini-studio, starting with the entrance way (click on the images for larger versions)
Say hello to my "pets". The two lions on the right are traditional house guardians you find all over Asia, they're supposed to stand in the entranceway to protect the place from evil spirits and such like. The cats are Japanese Maneki-neko, the white one ushers in wealth, the black one health. Hmm, with business as it is I think I need a bigger white cat....... The sketch behind is a doodle of my missus when we first met.
From the entrance you enter an L-shaped room and are presented with The Meeting Area, cordoned off from the work space by a display case and shelves showing my books to date. Nowadays I don't have so many clients popping over since we moved to the suburbs, but appearances must be maintained. It's not usually this tidy - I had two meetings the day before I took these pictures.
Contents of the display case. Yes, chocolate, toy soldiers and comic characters - another little boy who never grew up.
Looking backwards towards the Meeting Area from my work corner. Kitchen on left with entrance door next to it, the central door leads to the bathroom (jammed with boxes of frames). The Japanese script next to the i-Mac reads fugen jiko - "less talk more action".... I should pay a little more attention to it methinks...
Peering over the top of the i-mac in the other direction, around the L bend towards my work desk. Black boxes contain artwork. Shelves in the corner are for current job files. Shut away in the cupboard is more artwork and books. Bottom right is my dry case where I keep my collection of rare books, essential with the humidity in the Summer here (the dry case I mean , not the rare books).
Antiquarian books collection. Mainly Golden Age first editions, (spot the signed limited edition Rackhams at bottom right, hehe...)
Showing off? Me? Well you're the only people around here who might possibly know what I'm talking about, so now's my only chance! Wish I could afford to add to the collection nowadays, but times are not what they were.
My workdesk and equipment trolly. I keep meaning to get an angled table one of these days, but when I had one years ago I could never stand how pens, brushes and ink bottles kept rolling onto the floor. Somehow I just feel more comfortable working on a straight flat surface.
So what am I working on right now? Erm, as you can see, not a lot.....
Just in case you think I'd tidied up before snapping away, here's the messy corner, left untouched just for your delectation, out of view of guests.
And finally just for the extra curious - the kitchen area. Oops, need to wash up the tea left over from that meeting yesterday. That's my o-bento lunch at bottom right.
So there you have it, everything you never needed to know about me.
John in Japan