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January 4, 2010


Edit: on a happier note. I LOVE it when people do things like this:…

Yeah baby.

I like it when people do nice things for me. I do. But for the love of god.. if you are not an artist and you get the urge to clean up an artist's desk.. follow a few little tips.

do NOT under any circumstances, put their paint brushes.. brush tip down in the containers. This bends and breaks the bristles and renders the brushes useless for the artist. Considering how bloody expensive good brushes are, you might cost someone quite a pretty penny. As well as make them unable to do any work till they're replaced.

do NOT stick their inking pen upright in the brush container. It goes in it's own 'omfg sharp stuff' container. It kind of hurts to reach for a brush and get stabbed by your own pen.

do NOT clean off their palette. I know it looks like a messy pile of squished paint all over. But in the case of watercolor artists, that is *reusable*. not trash! And since the high end watercolors go for 15-30 dollars a bottle.. well let's say we learn to be frugal with our watercolor use. Plus I have a memory problem and can't for the love of god remember my color scheme for my current paintings unless I look at my palette.

do NOT throw away some weird paper that looks like a heavy duty white tissue. That's transfer paper. I need it.

do NOT go 'oh this colored pencil is just a stump' and throw it away. Yes it's a stump. I can still use it. Chances are I'll use it till it's DEAD. And if it's black or indigo or dark umber, chances are it's the only one I have left! And no money to get more so.. don't! omfg don't!

Basically.. don't throw anything away. You don't know what it is, and it might be something really important. Watch how you put the tools of the trade away.

maybe in the end the best advice is.. just don't touch an artist's desk. Seriously.

*grumps and goes to fix brushes and dig through the trash for art supplies*
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kzinrret Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Luckily my husband knows not to touch my art stuff. He usually makes a point to not even set foot in my studio. I also have a cat gate blocking whisker and paw access to all three bedrooms upstairs so I won't have to wash a paint-laden cat tail or chase after a cat carrying a paintbrush in its mouth (yes, both have happened to me before and the paintbrush was full of paint too).
I-am-a-fish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow, these rules should be used at my school where the idiot little kids (and these are 13-14 year old kids I'm talking about) cannot even clean a desk after they use it properly, and so, I often get paint and pastels on the back of my art and belongings :iconffffplz:
But that sucks that all of that happened to you though. D:
NaturallyUndefined Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Tehehe. That link is so funny. And's not fun when people mess your artwork or touch your stuff. =/
Verdokai Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
It took me such a long time to teach my family this.

Now that I don't live with my mother and siblings any more though, I've found the best deal.
I live with another artist.
Meaning that however messy my desk becomes, ~Wursu can always guess what is necessary and what isn't, so if she needs to borrow some space (I've got the largest desk in the world I sometimes think) she knows what she can touch. And simultaneously, if I want to be nice to her and clean, or just need to borrow something from her desk, I know what I can touch and not. Though, we have of course had to have a few discussions - I have an eye condition and a sight problem, so if important things aren't where I left them (meaning things I need early or late, when I've taken off my contacts, or things I use very often) I get lost and confused. And she just has this thing about parallel lines that I sometimes forget...

Not to say there aren't problems. Some expensive supplies have still been broken since how sensitive they are haven't been properly communicated, and so on - but it's just such a relief to live with someone who still has their default settings on "sentivite stuff, be cautious".

I hope not too much stuff was destroyed though, and that you manage to salvage the important stumps from the trash :| Good luck.
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional
that was so much fun thank you fro the link
orchidwedding Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I totally understand, same goes for changing the configuration of a Graphic Artist's computer desktop and links...just...omg my husband was trying to be so nice and defrag. and clean up my computer and I almost had a conniption fit!

I totally agree with the sign idea and may implement it myself.
WendyLynn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG that video was kickass! It's going straight to Facebook. Thanks! Oh, and on a sidenote, I'd go with :iconskiesofchaos: 's idea - sounds (somewhat) idiot proof. ;)
HKezza Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Digital Artist
its happened to me plenty of times. You don't know how much my artist desk has become the center of my arguments with my parents. lols
newtman001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Holy shit! Who did this!?
Rule404 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I understand you exactly! I have colored pencils that are nothing but a sharp point. There is no pencil part left, it's just a small cone, but I will use it if I have to jam it under my nail to get it to function!
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