I am probably pickier than others when it comes to work areas. I need my drawing area and lighting just right. For the table I have the Safco Precision Drafting Table with a 60″ table top. That cost me about $700 in Costco. That’s the most I have spent on a drafting table, but well worth the price if you want a professional working area for your art creations. There’s nothing like a large flat area for drawing. The metal frame is extremely sturdy, which is another important requirement for a workstation. I like to stand when I draw so I raised the table up with some plastic extension legs from IKEA.
I bought this drafting table less than two years ago, and the only regret I have is not getting it sooner. Having a nice drawing area has definitely made me draw more as I am able to just step into it and start drawing without any additional setup. It enables me to transfer my ideas or sparks of inspiration into paper immediately. I also like to keep my work area clear; less clutter means less distraction. But I do reserve an area for displaying my latest statue for my collection.
Work Area Lighting
This is the current light setup for my drawing area. The main light is a large hanging light that I got at IKEA for $15. I use a CFL bulb that is equivalent to a 150 watt bulb. I have two hooks on the ceiling that allows me to hang the light and maneuver the light as needed. Setting it anywhere from 1 to 2 feet over my head, I have the light directed into the wall for a nice soft bounce light effect. Then I have two regular swing arm lamps that that serves as fill lights to eliminate any harsh shadows. Everything is just right for now.