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This is the blog where Virginia Romo posts her latest illustrations, projects and impressions.

My first studio

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I've been an illustrator for eight years. All these years I have had my office at home. And it worked very well. I think I can be proud of having maintained the discipline that working from home as a free-lance implies. But I had been thinking for some time about having an office physically separated from my home. Last year I did a little test working from a co-working space. Unfortunately the space moved after three months so I went back to my home office. It wasn't a problem: my home office is spacious and bright. And comfortable, what could be more comfortable than having your own home around?

But sometimes comfort isn't everything. So this year I started looking for a space to rent. It had to be close to home, though. After so many years without the burden of commuting I had no desire to waste time going to work. But I wanted a separation: a "time to go" and "time to return" and what that implies. I also wanted more space. Especially for my offline projects. I want to paint more, draw big... and not have excuses for not doing it.

And I was lucky enough to find something within 5 minutes walk from my flat. It's big, it could be brighter but it's very economical and the perfect solution to be my first studio. To do the experiment : What happens to me and my work when I leave home.

These last months have been a small excursion to my old life as an architect. I started with the plan. The same day I visited the space for the first time I measured it and drew a plan in Illustrator to try out how I could organise it. Some 16 versions later, I ended up with this:

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That was enough for me to decide: yes, that I would take it. Then I made this mood board while more or less learning by heart the catalogue of our favourite Swedish furniture house.

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One day I'll take some cool pictures of how it's becoming (yes, still becoming). For now I leave you a gallery of before and after photos.