Artist in res­i­dence

Brynn Metheney’s stu­dio space is full of nat­u­ral won­ders, plant life and dead things.

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I’ve lived in my apart­ment for 10 years and my stu­dio has moved around it in that time. Af­ter about six years of work­ing from home, I made the leap and moved it all into a space out­side of my apart­ment.

I shared the space with il­lus­tra­tor Michael Manomivibul for an amaz­ing and in­spir­ing two years. Af­ter our res­i­dence to­gether, I moved back home, this time to my bed­room where I cur­rently work. It’s nice to be back. I like a cosy stu­dio where I can drink lots of tea and wear my slip­pers.

My bed­room gets great light in the morn­ing and I keep cur­tains up to con­trol heat and light for my com­puter set up. They do an ex­cel­lent job of keep­ing the place cool but bright with­out risk­ing hard­ware be­ing dam­aged. In the af­ter­noon I open the cur­tains so I can look up at the sky and see the trees out­side. My eyes usu­ally need the break by this point too. I painted one wall of my bed­room a dark matt grey. I think it makes the space look more fin­ished and ties it all to­gether. It feels com­fort­able and lovely this way.

My cab­i­net of cu­riosi­ties, above my draft­ing ta­ble, holds my most favourite trea­sures, ref­er­ences, books and mod­els. All of these things are items I gen­uinely love and use in my work. Plants are a big deal in my space, too. I love hav­ing them around to brighten up the space and help pu­rify the air. They add life and drama to the room.

Of course, stu­dio mates Bartleby the cat and Mesa the (potato) dog keep things lively, too. I usu­ally play pod­casts or mu­sic while I work. My neigh­bour­hood is rel­a­tively quiet but there’s a def­i­nite pulse to it. Fa­mil­iar sounds and peo­ple out­side keep it in­ter­est­ing. Brynn spe­cialises in crea­ture de­sign and vis­ual development for film, games and pub­lish­ing. She’s worked with Wizards of the Coast, Dis­ney, Dark Horse and more. See her art at www.bryn­nart.com.

This draft­ing brush has been with me since the sev­enth grade. My fa­ther gave it to me when I started to re­ally get into draw­ing. It was his as he’s a drafts­man him­self. I’m al­ways col­lect­ing weird bits of na­ture. I found these bar­na­cles at an an­tique shop in San Fran­cisco. I love their ir­reg­u­lar shape and colour – not just as an in­ter­est­ing object, but also as ref­er­ence. I’m re­ally into skulls of dif­fer­ent an­i­mals and even more into skulls of an­i­mals from the same fam­ily. The skull on the right is a coy­ote, which I found in per­fect con­di­tion in a bar­gain bin at a cu­rios­ity shop. The skull on the left is that of a do­mes­tic dog. The lower jaw is mis­aligned and would have re­sulted in a pretty in­ter­est­ing face.

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