Tour the Studio of Kiri Leonard

Danish Artist and Illustrator Kiri Leonard takes us on a tour of her art studio in Austin, Texas

Danish Hygge in the heart of Texas. Hygge (pronounced hue-gé) is a Danish expression that describes a feeling of charm, coziness, quiet and calm. It can also describe having a good time with friends, slow living, being attentive to the moment, a feeling of warmth and welcome in a home or space.

It’s an essential part of Danish culture. Hygge played a large part in my upbringing. My mother always made our house ‘hyggelig’ and I carried that with me as I grew up and set out on my own.

I love nesting and decorating my space. Every nook and corner of my art studio has knick-knacks, books, figurines, candles and memorabilia that inspire me and bring me great joy.

Hygge: A feeling of coziness and warmth, that creates contentment. It is similar to slow living.

My studio is located in Austin, TX, among gorgeous wildlife, sunshine, and felines.

Within these four walls, I spend most of my time. This is my realm of creation where I can let my ideas run free. It is both my playground and my temple.

The most prominent part of my studio is the large west-facing window. It’s such a blessing to have plenty of light in a space where I spend so much time. In the corner next to the window is my drafting table.

It’s a vintage-inspired piece that I picked up from Amazon many years ago.

During the day I share my studio space with my four cats Minion, Moxxi, Flint, and Little Kitty, and my two guinea pigs Guineavere and Popchop.

Having pets around during the day helps to keep me sane. It can get very lonely when you do not have co-workers to talk to during the day, so having pets definitely helps.

“This is my sacred space where I can fully let my creativity come to life.
It is my realm of creation where I can let my ideas run free.
It is both my playground and my temple.”
Canvas Print: Montague Mouse by Kiri Leonard


Pictured Above: I keep my collection reference figures next to my Cintiq. Anatomical figures are from 3DTotal. They are extremely helpful when painting characters! The smaller body-kun figures are available on Amazon.


Pictured Above: Here’s a little sculpture I made of the character from my storybook project Montague Mouse. He’s kept safe inside a bell jar in my bookshelf so the cats won’t chew him up.

Art Book Collection

One wall has a massive IKEA IVAR-system bookshelf where I keep my vast collection of art books, children’s books, and vintage victorian books; my treasures from the 1800.

Photo of book spines of vintage 1800 books
Danish artist Kiri Leonard in her Austin, TX studio

I use a Canon Pixma Pro 100 printer for my studio prints.

I’ve been extremely pleased with this printer. It’s able to print up to 13″ x 19″ and Canon has a great offering of quality printing papers to chose between.

(Below) I keep this postcard from one of my my artist heroes, Tony Diterlizzi, near my desk for motivation.

Thank you for joining me in my studio, I hope you enjoyed this little look into my creative space.

Photo of digital monitors with wallpapers by artist Kiri Leonard
Photo of artist Kiri Leonard painting digitally on her Wacom Cintiq tablet

How are digital illustrations made?

With a pinch of joy, a dash of wonder and a barrel of patience!

I work on a Wacom Cintiq 27″ HD Touch in Adobe Photoshop. The creation process is my favorite part of being an artist.

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