News: Moving a studio during lockdown

by Roman aka jar


it is a truely interesting experience.
Shortly after moving flats I find myself in the state of moving the MV Studio.
Well, actually you can say the MV Studio will be shut down and I will have my smaller studio at home.
Work at home once again. Not bad in uncertain times of living through a pandemic as a selfemployed artist. I will save money for studio rent. It will be much smaller, more accurate on my actual needs.

And to be honest: It is about time.
I know that the studio will be shutdown since several years and often the move was on the horizon with new room options here and there. Actually it never happened and it was a draining experience over the years. It is just about time for a fresh start.

The change is hard. Emotionally, mainly.
Why you might ask?

This amazing wall of memories needs to be removed, soon. With a cold beer in hand!

Well, imagine a place you put your heart in over eight years.
Build up with friends to make it a shared workspace.
Imagine a place you did teach many students. A place that forged memories, good and bad ones, amazing ones and beautiful ones. Where you sat hours of your life, painting, teaching, thinking about projects and where you horded material that you will always find everything you need. Imagine a place that healed a broken heart, imagine a place that cured creative madness, imagine the ultimate hobby cave.

It was always clear that the studio will end one day.
Since some years I am in there mainly alone, not as it was in the beginning of the MV studio, where in high times four to five people -- Raffaele, Peter, Bene, Erik and me - used the studio as a creative place, celebrated birthdays there, welcomed students and shared our love for the hobby and this form of art together. It faded away with the years, the initial energy and the time everyone could manage to bring up for the hobby/work.

The last year I got great company from Johannes, once a student of mine and he drove from Munich to spent time with me in the studio. Sometimes Momo, a sculptress from Munich and my girlfriend Tanja joined us too and these days always were my highlights in the last year of the studio. 

During a pandemic with restrictions such a studio is a lonely place where creativity is not a common good. It is about time to change it and not wait for the day life will change this situation. It is about time to change it myself.

Almost an abandoned place

Thank you for the moments
of friendship

Thank you for all the beautiful sunsets

Many visitors have seen the studio and many friends spent time there. Many students learned lessons there and it has been a great time! Thank you, MV Studio for the time you allowed us to enjoy!

Goodbye to you, Massive Voodoo Studio!

So often I started a journey to a seminar and workshop from here!

While writing this the old studio is a messy place.

My plan is to finalize setting up the new studio at home first. Then get everything I truely need from the old place and then tearing the old place down. It all goes slow as I had to order material for the new studio online and it is funny on waiting time and availability during these last months of lockdown.

It is a weird state of progress at the moment.
The first times I entered the studio I felt a stomach pain that could only be described as grief. Slowly this is changing to acceptance and moving forward from it. It is all a process that has to be accepted.

Hall of memories, soon

Messy Chaos

No table, no painting

Not yet sure how to manage all that stuff in a
smaller studio ... :D

So much to organise and sort before taking it to the new

To accept this madness you got to cheer up!
So cheers!

New Studio Progress
So, off to new horizons and let's speak about the progress in the new studio.

With the great help of my friend Erik I started to set up
the new place

The new studio for the next moments in my life will be a part of my new flat. A room in the flat that can be closed with a door. Maybe in the future this will change again, when pandemics calm down or a great new place appears as an option, but now it is time to make the best out of the actual situation.

Now imagine to order a table online for your studio, with exact dimensions to fit in that room. No stores are open during lockdown. You order. You wait for it, two weeks. They tell you it is not available. You find somewhere else to order. It has been like that with mostly everything during lockdown. Of course this slowed down the process and action and possibilities. Weird.

Online orders of 8 wooden planks were recieved like this!

Erik made me do it again and properly ...

The table and LED panel frame is a really cool

Momo is helping too ...


It is coming along nicely ...

This is the actual state.
Next steps are building up another shelve, setting up the airbrush table and airbrush station and then get mostly material from the studio in well planned waves and loads. Also the photobox table has to be planned soon.

While doing all this my level of creativity for miniature painting is low atm. Again learn that I need everything in place in my studio and soul to be creative. I do conquer the new studio with daily drawing and illustration at the moment and it helps to get back to it ...

Some of these original artworks are for sale. If you want to support me in these times, feel invited to check back with my artworks for sale!

So far from this report!
Stay tuned for more!
Keep on happy painting!


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News: Workshops, Studio Move, Creativity

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle People,

the Jungle is quiet silent at the moment.
I am moving studio during lockdown and the MV-Team is slowly arriving in the new year 2021.

Studio Move
Today I am unpacking figures in the new studio and will prepare the MV Challenge 2020 prizes for shipping. Sorry for the long delay and thank you for your patience with this. It has been a wild ride the last couple of weeks, first moving flat, then moving studio during lockdown. Everything is superslow, but a fresh horizon is in sight ...

While I am still waiting for some online orders to setup the full, new and much smaller studio I really found myself a little off. Lockdown, only grocery stores open, winter, if you go outside you need to wear a mask, life is strange at the moment. I decided to illustrate some birds to find creative calm again:

It helps to get back to structure and helps my mind to calm.

Color Palettes
As I am not able to paint miniatures yet I started this series of color palettes on my Instagram account. You might enjoy this too here:

With the full amount of my heart I want to thank everyone for their support in my Miniatureart Artbook Vol. 1. Thank you for getting yourself a copy. If you still want to get yours, check for a limited stock.

Thanks to all of you this book was a great succees and I am already wrapping my head about writing Vol. 2: A book about Basing Harmony, Storytelling and Creativity. 

Would you be interested in this topic?

PDF Tutorials
I created a plan to release  monthly PDF Tutorials via Mr Lee's Minis
- check them out to see if you missed any of these. So far the response was just great and I thank everyone for their support!

Workshops & Coachings

A lot of people ask me about seminars, coachings and workshops this year. Well, all is connected to the restrictions of our goverment on how much is allowed. At the moment we are still in lockdown due Covid-19 here in Bavaria, Germany and nothing is really possible. I had to postpone many one on one coaching sessions since November and stopped adding new ones to the list. So if you are waiting for my email answer: It will arrive, but all slow and steady. I can not make plans, if not allowed to. Thank you for your understanding at this point. I miss teaching and working and helping my students a lot.

Let's see where all this goes in the next months!
Keep on happy painting and stay healthy!


You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.