Saturday, 31 March 2012

The Man Cave

Since I moved late last year I have not really had anywhere to paint, and my work space (real work that is) has been limited. Well that's all changed. For the last two weeks (not solidly off and on) my dad and I have been converting part of the houses loft into a home office and painting station for me, and another desk (not pictured) for the wife to use.

I'm seriously happy how this one to one modelling project turned out!

As I work from home I needed a proper home office space, so I have a 1.5 metre long stretch of desk along the back wall with my computer on it . To the left of that I have another 1 metre (or thereabouts) section of worktop with all my painting stuff set up and ready to go! I've even got some shelves under my desk for all my work reference material and  a good number of my modelling reference books (ospreys etc)

The art around my desk was painted for me by my wife over the last few years. The coat of arms (fictional) was painted and made up for me by my wife a couple of years ago and I thought I would share it. Sadly its one of the last things she painted for me as she is now suffering from a medical complaint which prevents her from completing such detailed painting.

The sharper eyed of you will probably also notice I'm using my Xbox 360 as a monitor stand. I bought a new computer monitor and needed it up a bit higher, and it turned out the xbox was the perfect height . I never used it anyway so no loss really.

Oh and most importantly of all there's plenty of room on my desk for a large Gin!

Hopefully I should now be able to get more painting done.


  1. I don't know what it is, but I just love to see where everyone else works! Love the telephone and the stashed bag of 2p pieces ready to base all those exquisitely painted models. On a more personal note I am desperately sorry to hear about Mrs. Smillie; nothing can be more frustrating for an artist.

  2. Mr Smillie I am glad to see that you are getting that space you need for your work and more importantly you have a place to put your glass of gin.

    I am sorry to hear that you wife condition is preventing her from doing those lovely painting, I hope and pray that she can paint but not of detailed.

  3. Thanks chaps I'm very pleased with my workspace. The hope is that in the long term my wife will be able to return to detailed painting but for the moment she can only paint very small simple pieces to keep her eye in.

  4. Cool man-cave. Sorry to hear about Mrs Smillie. We'll be keeping out fingers crossed for you both.