Soroshi Michelle is a single girl in the city, living with roommates and working a challenging 9 to 5 job. She is also the passionate artist behind A Lucid Owl. One of ideyna’s favorites. And her attempt to balance her busy life with doing what she truly loves reflects in the little niche she has created in her room that serves as her go-to creative space. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into the world of A Lucid Owl.
When we asked her how she created her space, Soroshi told us: I have a small living arrangement, which is why I was pushed to create a personal space for drawing. I found the perfect drawing desk with an adjustable angle for drafting and the right surface area that I was looking for.
Adding some finished work and inspirations around on the wall above kind of motivates me and reminds me of the things I like. The Van Gogh coasters are my favourite. Having a mood board around definitely makes a difference to my state of mind.
We personally loved the little touches in Soroshi’s space. Her collection of sketchbooks gifted by friends, her own illustrations pinned to the wall, inks and colours, magnets and even old photographs. It was easy to see how she tries to surround herself with tiny bits of inspiration.
The features she most loves about her creative space: The collection of ink and fountain pens that I have are my dad’s and are quite precious. Stationery such as these works better with age!
Another thing I love is the wooden stand and drawing board that I picked up from Goa from an artist who designs and sells them. The right posture is very important for working long/short hours on a piece. And this has given me the flexibility to work anywhere since I can carry it around if needed.
I also appreciate the amazing natural light this space gets as it is next to a small balcony (which has a great view of Dubai Marina, by the way). I can draw and take coffee breaks in my balcony whenever I need to.
Tell us about the work that you do in your creative space: Draw, draw and draw! Sometimes paint, but I’d probably need to pick up an easel to make a larger piece.
Take us through the steps of starting a new project: I prefer working in daylight but that would mean the daytime on a weekend when I am at home. Starting with the skeleton or the pencil outline and leaving it be until I decide the result in color or medium, usually I prefer watercolor.
Sometimes I find that leaving an unfinished drawing is quite nice to look at during the days of the week. So when I return home from work, I can spend some time to catch up on it without putting too much pressure on myself for a time restriction. It also gives me space to try an alternate idea.
What are you currently working on: Fish (that’s my current obsession for some reason). I’m also working on a Dubai series in line drawing.
If you could change one thing about your space, what would it be: I’d love to add another desk for a larger working space. But, less is always more!
Last question, why do you call yourself A Lucid Owl: Well I wanted to personalize my blog name, something that holds meaning for me. I really didn’t want the title to include something along the lines of doodle/draw/sketch, it seemed a bit in your face. When I wear my spectacles, people usually say that I look like an owl, and I tend to day dream. Hence “A Lucid Owl” was born!
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