It's definitely not the first thing you'd expect to find at an artist's work station. Pencils: check. Pens: check. Markers and tape: check. Lint roller? Lint roller? Anyone?
Yep, I keep a lint roller right next to the drawing board and let me tell ya - it's a huge time & money saver!
As an illustrator I often make use of visual reference when I'm working on a project. Authentic details and accuracy are frequently required in my work. Back in the day it meant trips to the library - a HUGE time consumer (plus many coins in the copy machine). Then came the internet and I could print out all my own reference images right at home (but the cost of toner can crush you)! Then, finally, came the Smart Phone.
Now I just look up my visual reference right on my phone and keep it next to me while I work. No trips to the library, no print outs. The cost of time and money is practically eliminated.
My phone has a flexible, silicone case on it which means that it easily and naturally sticks to my angled drawing board...as long as the case is LINT FREE!