Yes, I am! :D
This is what my current workspace looks like, which quite honestly, is the bottom corner of my bed. We (my mother and I) moved in late October last year and for the first couple of months, I used to work at the one and only table we had, the dining table, which looked like this:
But due to unwanted tensions, stress and distractions building up (added to the fact that I feel uncomfortable having people constantly look over my shoulder when I’m working), we decided to put some space between us, and I believe it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.
I don’t have pictures of my entire workspace from before the move, but I have snippets of parts of it:
I’m also known to just work on the floor if I absolutely don’t have a table or any other flat surface to work on.
#5. Who/what inspires you?
Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki, J.K.Rowling, friends who’ve stuck with me for years, fellow artists who are making a difference in the world through their own creations and messages, my dogs.
In a more art-related sense, I love visiting museums. Better if they have classic oil paintings that I can walk right up to and admire in all its glory. But other forms of art are just as inspiring too! I still remember when I went to the Met back in 2008 and saw an Egyptian temple exhibit that I could walk through and it was like the best thing that happened to me all year! I also visited a relatively small art museum just a couple weeks back, and they had a display of these dolls with the most animate facial features and poses I’ve ever seen in dolls, and they were absolutely fascinating to look at! Another plus during that visit were the Nabeshima porcelains, not necessarily for the craft but for the famous folk story I learned through it, the Banchou Sarayashiki.
But in a more general sense, I try to soak in everything that happens around me, because despite all the bad things that may happen in your life on a daily basis, the world is filled with beautiful and inspiring things too! I’m of the belief that there is no better artist in the world than Mother Nature herself, so I’m always ecstatic to visit zoos, aquariums and admire trees, mountains, skies, the ocean, you name it. Sometimes I look down at the frickin’ pavement that I’m walking on and am blown away by all the colors that explode in my face.
Even for storytelling purposes, I reflect on what I’ve been through and the emotions I’ve wrestled with, I listen to what other people go through and hear their thoughts, I try to keep up with the news, and so on.
Since this is getting pretty long, the tldr; version is basically that I personally believe that everything can be a source of inspiration if you open yourself up to them, and what you choose to learn from them and incorporate into your works and lifestyles is entirely up to you.