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July 6, 2012


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This is something I've been thinking a lot about.  The fact of the matter is, as much as it's awesome, I don't work my best from home.  I want to be able to "go to work" in the morning, see people, do my thing, and then come home.  There are too many complications and distractions working from home, and too few opportunities to participate in the world as a human being.  And I know of co-working spaces, to be sure there are loads of options in San Francisco, but having visited a bunch of them, there aren't any just right.  I've always had a fantasy of starting a shared studio space, a small one, not a big vaulty warehouse style thing, maybe a half-dozen or like 8 people, not necessarily illustrators just self-proclaimed "nerds."  I love the idea of coming to work and seeing my (sort-of) co-workers, and then getting to "get down to business" with work that really matters to me.  We could have a little kitchenette, and a hangout area, and could ask each other if this-or-that comic sequence makes sense, or do you have an extra eraser, and have movie nights and stuff.  

Okay but the point of this isn't to go off on my weird fantasy thing.  I've always stopped myself from looking with any actual intent because the amount of effort into the "businessy" direction intimidates me terribly, and it's not like I have this huge untapped wealth of time (not to mention funds) right now to get something like this going.  So there are two sides one of which is: "Leela this is a fantasy, you don't have time for this nonsense."  The other is "Leela you are 22 and have more optimism and energy than you ever will again.  Probably this is the PERFECT time and frankly you've been having a streak of luck so why the hell not just look into it?"

The actual point is to ask you guys about your thoughts, experiences, opinions on shared working spaces.  For those of you who have worked in a shared studio or co-working space- what was good/bad?  Would it have been better/worse if it were specifically marketed to designers and other creatives?  For people who already work from home- is this an option you would consider?  Could imagine yourself enjoying?  Knowing that the usual going rate for a dedicated desk in a co-working space is between $425-500 a month, (in San Francisco, anyway, and trust me I also find this absurd,) what can you see yourself actually able to pay?  And while I'm at it, is there anyone in San Francisco who is looking for just such an opportunity?  

Can't say anything will come of this, alls I know is it's been on my mind and I value the input I can get from you all, so I might as well ask!!!
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Jakkels Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Here's a thought. With the internet turning our world into a global village it make life for artist (digital) a whole lot easier.
If San Francisco is to expensive, then consider moving where you can be creative, social and free of ridiculous rent prices.

I once quite my job as an animator and moved to Namibia to get some peace and quiet. Problem was that too much peace and quiet is also not good. Now I find myself in and open plan studio back where started. I think what you wanna do is perfect and well balanced. Just don't think you should limit your surroundings.
allyhodges Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Sharing a space with other artists has been the best for me, however, I do have a studio at home for when I feel like being alone. I think having both is great. If I need opinions and some company, the shared studio is best, but I find that if I don't have any alone time, I do go a little crazy.

If you pursue this, which I think you should, totally get a kitchenette. The shared studio that I'm at does not have one, I find that I get tired of brown bagging it, cold sandwiches are never exciting.
x-rain-check-x Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I don't graduate for a year or two, but I'd love to be in a studio place like that. <3 <3 What a dream~
FollowLeLapinBlanc Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   General Artist
I'm in San Francisco but I don't think I will be able to jump right into a project all on my own/work on my own just yet. I definitely think next year could be possible though; just in case you are still looking in a year or so, I am absolutely down for this!!!
ashwara Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   Filmographer
Man i always wanted something like that myself! working by yourself at home can feel kind of glum and i think it would help focus to compartmentalize your daily routine by place ha ha.
KIRKparrish Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i work from home and sometimes wish i had that shared studio space. but i find more often than not, the grass is always greener on the side. i like not dealing with traffic and all that nonsense. right now its ok.
fayrenpickpocket Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
When I was freelancing I wanted to do something like this SO badly! I wanted to separate my home space and my work space, because every day I was rolling out of bed, practically straight into my computer chair and then drawing all day, and rolling straight back. After a year of doing this I decided it was probably unhealthy and I should look to at least set work hours for myself and maybe look into renting a studio space, but I never actually got around to it.

Working in a game studio now, I realize how much I really was missing working alongside other artists and passionate people. It's motivating and refreshing in addition to just feeling more socially fulfilling.

Sometimes I still dream about doing this if I were able to leave my full-time gig~ and I wish you the best of luck! Reading this post makes me really wish I could, San Francisco is not that far from me. > u>
endofnonentity Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
when i went to art school all of the painters in my class shared a space. It was amazing. I am no where near as productive as I was when I had a bunch of other people around me to help my solve problems and inspire me! If i lived close to you i would be game haha. I've been looking around to try and find one myself. I just get nervous about who I would share it with. Hard decisions! Best of luck!
MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I would LOVE to do this.
And I agree. I just moved and my space is okay here for me to work from, but I would get much more done if I could "go to work" elsewhere and be home here. Itīs a head thing, but itīs true.
I say, do it. Search for participants or a place where people are already sharing space and join. Do it.
Minosch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think there is only one answer DO IT!
instead of thinking maybe this is not the time and maybe this wont work out you should ask yourself 'do you really want to stop developing and taking risks at the age of 22?' Maybe it really doesnt work out but does that matter? the alternative is doing something you're not really happy with and at last all what matters are the experiences you made in your life. I think its always too early to press yourself into something you dont want, you always have the freedom of being stupid and risk something, and you actually have the duty to do so since not everyone and not in every country would be able to as you do. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

As for own experiences, I moved to different cities a lot just because I felt like it and it always was the best choice. Now i am in berlin and created a studio with two friends, with a working place and everything and it is *good*. Its inspiring and fun and pushing and it dragged me back to life. This is what you miss isn't it? you will get it when you do that step.

Good luck *:
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