A short while back I was asked by an illustration student from the UK writing his dissertation to explain my workspace and how I work within it.
Since then, I've been spending some time thinking about my workspace. I think I've been really lucky to have such a great place set aside in my home to work. It costs a lot to run a studio separate from your living space. I can get up in the morning, make myself a coffee and get straight to work. And in the winter when I don't feel like heading out in to the cold, I can stay in and get work done.
It's a small room that I work from, but I make the most of the space; I work very small, and don't need a ton of equipment to make my work. I have a large work table where I do all of my painting. I've tried working elsewhere in my apartment, (dining table, etc), but I find it very difficult to work anywhere other than my work table. I guess I'm just a creature of habit.
A lot of artist's studios tend to be a little chaotic, and some thrive in that environment, but because my space is on the smaller side and I'm a neat person by nature, my studio is quite tidy. I have a tough time working in my space, and concentrating on my work, if things are messy and disorganized.
The space doesn't get a ton of natural light, so I've painted the walls white to brighten things up a bit. I don't have a lot of things up on the walls, but do have some small photos and reference images up. I've built a couple of long wooden shelves above my table where I keep all of my art supplies. I keep my table well-lit with a couple of work lamps and a light-table underneath the desk, (a lot of my work tends to be done late at night). My house is situated between a couple of schools, so I hear children playing all day long outside my window. Sometimes if I have emailing or drawing to do, and the weather is nice, I'll go work on my front porch. The light is great, and it's nice to see and hear what's going on in the neighbourhood.
I've been very lucky to have this space to work from. I've found it just quiet and separate enough, but not so secluded, that I feel like I can do my best work here.