Set up an Art Studio

Setting up an art studio in your home gives you inspiration and space to your creativity.


Dedicate a room or a corner of the room, and convert it into your personal art studio.

Drawing Board

Drawing board provides smooth, flat surface needed for sketching and painting. In order to protect the soft surface of the drawing board, tape a permanent base paper on the drawing board, which is known as backing sheet. Drawing sheet for art work is fixed on the drawing board either using clamps, masking tape or drawing pins.


Drawing board can either be mounted on easel or on an adjustable table with variable height and angle. Ergonomic chair with pneumatic height control, with back shells, with footrest and wheel casters is best of long sitting sessions. Designate a side table to keep currently used art material on the side of your working hand.

Power Outlet

Table should be kept near the power outlets, so that electrical devices such as table lamp, computer, music system, hair dryer and other accessories can get the power. You can also use an extension cord, which has multiple power outlets.


Art supplies can be categorized, stored and managed in boxes, and boxes racks can be stored in the racks.

Computer / Tablet

For reference, you can use large monitor, connected to your computer or laptop, which can be kept at an eye level and on the opposite side of the working hand. Computer allows you to flip through the multiple reference photos, with zoom in facility to check the minor details.


White colour on the walls should be preferred as they reflect the light and allows colour to have its natural tint and hue. Studio should have plenty of natural light to illuminate everything evenly. Other way to regulate the amount of light with three to four 125 watts full-spectrum LED bulbs, which can be positioned at various angles on your working desk. Main source of light should opposite to the working hand, so that no shadow is encountered during the art process. Swirl arm and adjustable table lamp is best to focus light on the working table.


If studio practice involves the use of toxic chemicals, choose a space that has plenty of ventilation. Alternatively, obtain an exhaust fan to blow out the toxic smell, fumes and gases.


Studio should have easy access to a water source and with a sink, which is required for cleaning the watercolour brushes, colour palette and cleaning hands etc.


Pep up studio’s environment with background music, incense and inspiring artworks.

Art Supplies

Depending upon your medium, you will need to select art supplies.

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Artist Surinder Shanker Anand

I live in Chandigarh – the City Beautiful, situated in Northern India at Shivalik foothills. Since childhood, I was blessed with innate artistic abilities. My artistic expressions are engaged with the subjects related to humans portrait and body dynamics, nature and spirituality. I like to sketch using pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, mixed media and digital tool such as Wacom Cintiq Pen/Tablet, CorelPainter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Premier, 3Ds Max and ZBrush etc. to create digital artwork. Passion in visual arts lead me to start Shanky Studio, offering a wide range visual arts services such as personalized portraits, customized paintings, graphic design and one-to-one visual arts classes for the students aspiring for various design courses such as NID and NIFT. I have conducted visual arts & craft workshops for Elante Mall and The North Country Mall / VR Punjab and various schools in and around Chandigarh. Some of the activities were directly conducted by me for Marvel Worldwide Inc., Mattel Inc. (Barbie), Rovio Entertainment Ltd. (Angry Birds), Hamleys Toy, Hasbro Inc. (My Little Pony) and Cartoon Network (Dexter’s Laboratory). Shanky Studio is also engaged in various CSR activities such as such as free visual art class, visual art exhibition at no-profit and no-loss basis and free sessions design career counseling. By profession, I am software professional, having over 35 years of experience in the IT, primarily in Analysis/Design, Software Development, Delivery, Project Management and rest of the phases of SDLC. I have worked at on-site with American Express (TX, USA), Nekema Inc (NJ, USA), Premier Inc (NC, USA), Syntel Inc (MI, USA), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (Mohali, India) and Semiconductor Complex Ltd (Mohali, India); and managed various on-site/off-shore Global IT projects. I am Masters in Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, with Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.