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On Your Desk

BasementStudio(Click on the image for a larger version.)

The two desktops in the picture above come from Leland Purvis in Portland, Oregon. Besides being one my favorite people, and married to another one of my favorite people, Leland is an amazing artist and creator of books published in the comics and YA fields. His publications include the "Vox" series, the "Pubo" series, Suspended in Language (with writer Jim Ottaviani), and the new "Resistance" graphic novel trilogy (with writer Carla Jablonski).

About the photo(s) above, Leland says: "Basement studios aren't ideal, but I seem to find myself in them again and again. There's a quality about being down and away from the world, sealed off from indications of time and weather, that allows for a focus otherwise more difficult to maintain. It isn't just about having a place to work, but a 'placeness' that provides conditions in which I can direct my attention, deliberately, repeatedly. I can spend hours below fostering worlds on paper with brushes and return to discover the surface changed and grown while I was away."

Oh boy, can I relate to that....

To see Leland's art and learn more about his books, visit his website and his blog, Purvision. I've also include a few sketches below, just to give you a taste....

By Leland Purvis

Scarecrow by Leland Purvis


Coltrane by Leland Purvis

Our next desk comes from an artist and writer who also has a strong interest in comics: Robin Berk in central Michagan. Robin (who is 8) lives with his parents, Ari Berk and Kristen McDermott, and a lively new kitten named Gwynneth. Both of his parents are writers, and his father also paints; creativity is the Family Business.

About the photo below, Robin says: "Well, I like to draw at my desk, that's what it's basically for. I like to draw fantasy pictures, science pictures, and science fiction pictures. Some of the pictures come from things I read, or stories I hear, like myths and legends."


"On my desk right now is a black hole picture; a comic book I am working on; a wand from my friend John Vickery who lives on Dartmoor; a three-eyed green monster I drew and cut out; lots of drawing supplies like pencils, markers, glue sticks, a stapler; and lots of paper. My desk is located in a corner of my dad's study, right in front of his desk [featured in this "On Your Desk" post on December 14th]. It's nice that our desks are facing each other because we can look at each other while we're writing or drawing.

"Here are three of my drawings (below): Medusa, A Feast For Two Rats, and The Gross-Guts Skeleton: "




"The skeleton hangs in our front hall," says Robin, "and his legs, fingers, neck and head are all jointed with paper fasteners so he can bend and move. He sort of guards the front door."

And no doubt does a good job of it too!

Our final work table of the day belongs to fiber artist and poet Karen Obermiller. ""I live in Otter Tail County, Minnesota," says Karen, "where the prairie meets the forest. I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment for now,  and I've limiting my art work to knitting hats. Even so, the yarn and finished work are creeping forward into corners and over couches like spring unfurling. It's a wilderness.

"The photograph (below) shows my workspace on a fairly tidy day. If you look carefully, the book at the bottom of the pile is The Wood Wife, which I'm just starting."

Karen's desk

To view (or purchase) Karen's rather fabulous hats, please visit her Etsy shop, Pseko Designs. "I've also just shyly begun a new blog," she says, which you can visit here.

Nefertiti's Hat by Psekeo Design

More desks to come....


All readers of this blog are welcome to contribute to the "On Your Desk" series. You'll find more information (and the address where you should send your photo) in the first post of the series.


I think Robin's desk is wonderful! I'd better not show my girls though, or they might get very jealous...bigger munchkin has been pestering for a desk of her own for a while, but as they share a room, there just isn't enough space, so the dining room table will have to do for a while yet. Oh, and I love that skeleton too!

Robin's desk is wonderful. Ari and Kris are great to encourage him in his art. I also love the skeleton (calaveras are fun). Need to work on La Llorona research...


I loved this blogspot and especially Robin's one. I couldn't help but mention it on my own website as spotting his wand by my friend John Vickery reminded me of my own items that John had made me some time ago. I have linked back to this blogpost, having quoted Robin's comments on is picture. Please let me know that it's okay to have done so!

Also, just wanted to say thank you so much for being such a source for inspiration through your wonderful work and thoughtful blogposts. I may not comment often but I spend a lot of time here, exploring your "finds" and various links and always come away feeling uplifted and positive.

Liz, yes, that's fine. (Except that you attributed the 'On Your Desk" series to Midori Snyder's blog, rather than mine, on your post.... But I agree that Midori is amazing!)

And thanks for your sweet words.

OmG! I am completely losing it today. I am so sorry. *shamefaced*

Cool medusa, rat, and skeleton.

And very cool hat.

But here's my primary thought about this post:
How have I not come across Leland Purvis' work before??? Off to order some books now...

I enjoy this series so much! But I have to laugh, because since I sent in the picture of my own desk, I've become increasingly dissatisfied with it as a work space, which has led to a wholesale rejiggering of the entire room...

...which is now in utter chaos. But I'm sorting it out, bit by bit.

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