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Cape Town illustrator Chris van Rooyen’s natural office space

Chris is a freelance designer and illustrator based out of Cape Town, South Africa. Keep reading to check out the beautiful garden view from his home office and to learn more about what a typical work day looks like for Chris.

Where do you work? Tell us about your space.

I work from my home studio, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. My space opens up onto my garden, where I spend a lot of my off time. I have a couple of prints up on the wall and have a few indoor plants scattered around.

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What hardware and software do you use to create your designs?

I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro, which I use along with my 22 inch LG monitor. Whenever I’m not using my monitor I switch over to my Wacom Cintiq. I use a Logitech MX Master mouse, as I find the Apple mouse doesn’t provide enough palm support. I work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Tell us about your routine (or lack of one.) How do you structure your days to get things done?

I wake up early, normally around 6:30 AM. I get up, make my first cup of coffee and shower. Then I drop my girlfriend off at work, and head back home to the studio. After my second cup of coffee and breakfast, I’m ready to begin my day of work. I like to get any admin tasks done first thing and then I start with brainstorming. I find random word association works well to kick off ideas when I’m not sure what to draw. Once I’m settled on a concept, I will search for reference imagery and start sketching things out either digitally or on paper. Then it’s over to the standard display to vectorize the work (if I am working in Illustrator) and finalize the colours before hopping back onto the tablet to add in texture and finishing touches.

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How do your space, tools, and habits benefit you? What about those things do you think needs improvement?

One thing I enjoy about working from home is the lack of commuting. Not only do I have more time to focus on work, but I also feel less stressed out. The best decision I made as an artist was upgrading my setup and investing in a Wacom Cintiq. Next on my wishlist is a Herman Miller Embody chair!

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