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on: August 01, 2005, 02:18:11 am
I always see threads inviting people to post pictures of their desktops, so that they can show off their os/wm, color theme, wallpaper, and icons.  Quite frankly, that bores me.  What do interest me though are people's work areas, their desks and organization (or total lack thereof in my case).  The way we lay things out is almost never a coincidence; we often arrange these places so that we feel most productive in them :p so yeah.  What's your desk look like?  If you only have a laptop, feel free to post a picture of your crotch.

I'm just dying to kick this off, so here:


I think those white spots are dried milk. :\
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Reply #1 on: August 01, 2005, 02:35:26 am
i wanted to post a picture of my crotch despite the fact i have no laptop.
i am at work, here is my work desk.

Goat: there is a secret message for you on my desk in front of keyboard if you have Uber Image Enhancement Skillz (UIES)


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Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005, 02:41:39 am
I'm in love with that LCD tablet of teh goatz'.



Yippee. It's pretty clean. I picked up all my Twizzler wrappers, Starburst Wrappers, and Mountain Dew cans so you can at least see what's there... heh. Just can't wait 'till I start getting my new monitors and stuff... :3
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Reply #3 on: August 01, 2005, 02:43:54 am
Lief: NO YOU DO :(

Mori: I am awed by your tasteful collection of crap.  I'd probably have a similar pile if my monitors didn't take up all my desk space :p
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Reply #4 on: August 01, 2005, 02:46:16 am
heh just realised you don't need UIES to read it.  Probably how YOU READ IT.   :)
Dammit i'll have to use lemon juice next time... secret spy stuff.

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Reply #5 on: August 01, 2005, 02:49:10 am
yeah, you put lemon juice on it and then i'll burn my screen with a candle!

oh man, that's gonna be so badass
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Reply #6 on: August 01, 2005, 02:53:24 am
i would suggest a 240v light bulb so you don't have a naked flame near screen as that is dangerous.  you may need to wire a bulb up yourself, just use sticky tape to attach wires to the bulb (headphone wires should do, just strip the ends and stick them in the power point)

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Reply #7 on: August 01, 2005, 03:03:39 am
Mine is a tad messy and has some stuff from about... hmm.. 5 years ago on it?  About that.  Yes that is a cloud phone, a modded cloud phone.  I changed it into a corded headset phone.  The headset is in the glass.  The best part is the chair.  Which got its own picture fully reclined.


Thar be my desk, pic of recliner to be hosted when it finally uploads...

And the best part!  The pimpin chair!
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Reply #8 on: August 01, 2005, 03:07:18 am
I like your pimp-goblet sitting on the desk with some copper tubing coming out of it.

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Reply #9 on: August 01, 2005, 03:12:44 am
The copper tubing is my ghetto custom made headset phone.  Lol look at my desktop im at this topic lookin at liefs comp.
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Reply #10 on: August 01, 2005, 03:59:38 am
the best part isn't the chair, it's the CSI box <3
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Reply #11 on: August 01, 2005, 04:10:28 am
my god... i just realised that means he b0ught it?

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Reply #12 on: August 01, 2005, 04:19:57 am
It was a good game!  Linear but good.  Had me thinking for 8hrs...  Average game time suposed to be 30hrs....
Kinda like polarium... for the ds.
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Reply #13 on: August 01, 2005, 06:18:05 am


I work at the station on the right.



A little sim city action going on...
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Reply #14 on: August 01, 2005, 07:17:39 am
pep's chair is inferior :(
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Reply #15 on: August 01, 2005, 02:39:40 pm
So, he has Gumby, plus Pokey, and that other character that no one remembers.  Tara was it?  Wait... why do I remember Gumby.  It was out in 1956!  Also the fact that pep has soda instead of Aquafina makes him so much better.  The tablet too! (I think)  Yet what is the deal with the cool apple but the crappy monitor?


Gotta have the gumby t shirt!
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Reply #16 on: August 01, 2005, 03:18:43 pm
For your information, I do have a gumby tshirt and the gumby box set. The gumby box set is great, but it does NOT have any of Gumby's newer episodes, mainly those where he's at the farm and he plays with his rock band, including Goo, Prickle, more appearances of Minga, Denali, and others...

The girl in pink is Minga, gumby's sister.

That's not soda. It's purple grape joos. Soda's good though. I like A&W Rootbeer, Cream Soda, Sprite, Hawaiian Punch (Red or Green flavor, havent tried others), Twisters Strawberry Soda, Black Cherry Soda, Orange Crush, Cherry Coke, Pepsi. Dr Pepper is ok sometimes.

By the way, my monitor kicks ass. It's a ViewSonic PF790. A friend of mine has the very same model, and I've tried to negotiate to get it from him. It's deep enough and flat enough atop that it doubles as a small bookshelf. Anyways, it's a 19" that does 120hz at 1024x768!!!  When I look at anything below 85, it grates on my eyes.

The black monitor is an 'IBM', nothing special.

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Reply #17 on: August 01, 2005, 05:20:16 pm
Hah, I can't believe this actually comes in handy... Not so much a picture of my desk as it is a random attempt at shooting myself while my friend plays Brothers in Arms (on my totally new computer I got less than a month ago! Yay, technology!). But, it shows some deskyness.





Note the modified mini-Beatmania keyboard, the corner of my Casio SA-10, and the _enormous_ pile of gaming magazines and random junk to the left. The speakers there have to be, like 6+ years old but are still going strong... Oh, and the labels on my monitor! In the corner is a piece of duct tape (for kicks), in the middle a label from an airsoft rifle (my beloved FA-MAS SV). My old monitor had a "warning this plastic bag is not a toy" style sticker on it... Also, check out the awesome, home-made, wooden box dad forced me to put my monitor as to not have me break my neck off... it still has some old gaming CDs in there... I wonder which ones?

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Reply #18 on: August 01, 2005, 10:17:08 pm
THAT is what computers will do to you (See example A, playing computer)

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Reply #19 on: August 04, 2005, 03:16:35 am
Haha! Have you noticed how every guy has some kind of drink resting next to the computer? It's really weird because I got some juice resting right here as well. But I didn't see any trace of even water near Rox's computer... hmmm...

PS. Hey Goat, how much did that LCD cost? I'm thinking of buying and LCD but if it over my head then I'll just buy a normal one for 100 bucks.

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Reply #20 on: August 04, 2005, 04:22:58 am
If you can get a decent tablet for $100 then go for it :p

I lucked out and found a brand new LCD tablet on ebay, and scored it for $550 USD. You can probably expect to pay at least $1700 for a new one of about the same size (15") if you buy directly from the manufacturer, but I see them pop up on auction and clearance sites all the time for way less.  Hell, you might even find one refurbished.  In my case, the manufacturer decided to get out of the tablet business and liquidated its entire stock at clearance prices.  A smart fella decided to buy a bunch up and ebay them with a small markup; when I received mine it was in the OEM packaging in mint condition. For the record, it's an Optoma PI500 and it's pretty badass (the specs are identical to the 15" Cintiq, and in some cases better), should anyone find another one I highly recommend it :p even though the product has been discontinued the manufacturer is still honoring the warranty.

Another thing to consider is that most LCD tablets DO have some shortcomings as far as reduced pressure sensitivity; mine only has 512 pressure levels as opposed to the 'standard' 1024, although honestly I can't tell the difference. LCD tablets can also be less responsive (meaning the pen refresh rate is lower and thus extremely fast movements won't be tracked as accurately), although mine is pretty damn smooth, and most high-end painting software will interpolate splines between brushstrokes to compensate anyway. I think Wacom's latest Cintiq model eliminates those shortcomings, in any case.

If you have the extra money and the sensitivity tradeoffs are worth being able to draw directly on the screen, then an LCD tablet might be worth the extra expense for you.  It was for me, anyway.
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Reply #21 on: August 04, 2005, 04:30:38 am
Wow thanks. Very nice review. I'll consider everything you said :) Great help.

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Reply #22 on: August 04, 2005, 04:53:30 am


this is where the magic happens

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Reply #23 on: August 04, 2005, 05:09:51 am
Sorry to go off topic but this is the last thing I'll post about tablets in this thread  :D

I'm thinking about buying the cheapest graphire that wacom has. (http://www.wacom.com/graphire/4x5.cfm)
I dont' want to pay 1799 USD for something I will only use as a hobbie.
Would you suggest it?

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Reply #24 on: August 04, 2005, 12:30:45 pm
I'm not as allured by the thought of a tablet screen, but I suppose they could give a little extra finesse in the detail work on illustrations. Even so, having my hand obscuring part of the screen can give me an inadequate sense about the composition, and having to clean it sounds mundane, but that's how real life drawing is, so not a huge drawback I would think.

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I bought the cheapest graphire and I'm very happy with it. I'm sure the newer models are even nicer. It's good enough for your needs! If you're a non believer, I'll just have to show you some of the work I've done with it. :)

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Reply #25 on: August 04, 2005, 06:24:26 pm
Sweet thanks peppermint pig :) I"m looking forward to seeing some of your stuff.
Well I finally got around to taking a photo of my "working" space.
Nothing like sitting with the smell of apple juice in the comfort of a morning blanket. All that needs is a tablet  ;D

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Reply #26 on: August 04, 2005, 08:45:25 pm
Graphires are ideal for pixel work, and more than enough for illustrative needs as well :P  I'm still a big fan of the old intuos1, they seem to be the most responsive of the series.

Yeah Helm, that's like right out of some crappy overproduced hollywood horror like feardotcom or whatever :z
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Reply #27 on: August 05, 2005, 08:09:51 am
a little back-pain is needed to produce billiance!!

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Reply #28 on: August 07, 2005, 12:04:27 pm
Just fully read the entire topic as I came home from Trek, and gotta say, sure goat, thats dry milk...
Im too poor to buy tablets so...
Negative your desktop its so clean, and bare.
Oh and Ive replaced my pimp goblet with Crest Pro-Health Rinse Alcohol Free Mouth Wash.
Mmm refreshing clean mint.
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Reply #29 on: August 12, 2005, 04:27:13 am




That's mah crib, yo! I mostly pixel on the one on the table, as it is older, and has more/better software for it, and a internet connection. The one on the desk is mostly for games, and I think of it as my personal arcade machine. I should actually post a pic of it playing dragon warrior, because that is what it is most often doing.

BTW: If I took the pictures better, you could see a better glimpse of my dungeon (I may post later)
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Reply #30 on: August 12, 2005, 10:48:49 am
edit - removed it changed since

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Reply #31 on: August 12, 2005, 11:55:42 pm
I'm in love with that LCD tablet of teh goatz'.



Yippee. It's pretty clean. I picked up all my Twizzler wrappers, Starburst Wrappers, and Mountain Dew cans so you can at least see what's there... heh. Just can't wait 'till I start getting my new monitors and stuff... :3

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Reply #32 on: August 14, 2005, 03:05:28 am


so messy.. ;D


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Reply #33 on: August 14, 2005, 03:37:33 am
Lego!!

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Reply #34 on: August 14, 2005, 03:43:54 am
Here's my desktop really close up:

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Reply #35 on: August 14, 2005, 03:58:36 am
Lego!!

there isnt any lego inside :> the legos are in a big blue treasure box  ;D

edit: typo
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Reply #36 on: August 14, 2005, 06:18:11 am
Obviously. I just remember those red bucket things so well... I used to use the lid of one as a shield when I was really small.
Yep, misguided and game-affected even back then.
Wonder Boy III was a great game...

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Reply #37 on: November 26, 2005, 09:48:46 am


This thread inspired me to clean my desk. An hour after inspiration hit, I uncovered pills I forgot I had and have started a box in my closet for the yard sale this summer. I wish I had a bigger desk. Actually, I wish I had a bigger room. ACTUALLY, I wish I had my own place.

EDIT: Pep, I love the PBF strip hanging up. That is so classy that I may print out a few of my favorites myself. Your workspace is like those I Spy books. So many little interesting things about it.
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Reply #38 on: November 26, 2005, 10:09:45 pm


can you find the legos, or the C3PO???? hmm???
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Reply #39 on: September 20, 2009, 05:19:28 am
this thread can use some reviving.  I just moved to Washington, so I've been setting up my new workspace.  I do music and art, so its a bit of a complex situation.  I just finished building the custom slideout thing for my piano keyboard, though it doesn't leave much room for my legs.  I'll have to do something about that

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Reply #40 on: September 21, 2009, 12:07:46 pm
Slide-outs can be a pain in the ass from my experience. When they slide out, they also tend to slide in..

Here's where I attempt being creative. Not with any greater success I might add.



Blurry photos courtesy of a shitty apple cellphone.

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Reply #41 on: September 21, 2009, 02:08:26 pm


Not much has changed. Better chair, the cintiq in the corner (not very visible).

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Reply #42 on: September 22, 2009, 03:20:11 am
How are you liking the cintiq, Helm? Is it awesome?

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Reply #43 on: September 22, 2009, 03:44:12 am
I'd like to know too. I always consider getting one every couple of years but the price always turns me away. What is worth it?

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Reply #44 on: September 22, 2009, 04:32:22 pm
It's good for black and white stuff, because that's why I got it (to do my comics). The color profiling in it is still a bit screwy so if you intend to use it for color, be ready to take the final piece in your normal color-centered monitor and run a few Color Balance and Level patches over it at the end. With a bit of time you'll get the hang of where it's different (for example my cintiq I've estimated is 10% more saturated than my working monitor, and has a spike in the reds and yellows of about 5%).

But I use it for comics, and there, in combination with Manga Studio, it's really handy. If you check my blog you'll see a long-running comic I'm doing with Cintiq for inking. I do the pencil work by hand and scan in it, however. Let's put it this way: if I were doing this same comic by all by hand, it would look a bit worse in terms of detail and control, and it would take (I'm not kidding here) about double the time it takes to finish a page. You can't imagine how much time even a simple floofill takes. Or being able to work with WHITE on top of black, not having to think ahead and leave white detail out while you fill in blackness.

However, there are problems

1. Like all tablets, the place you draw is offsetted by a plastic surface of some milimetres. This means that you will *never* get so used to it that you will be able to draw on it with the same assuredness that you could with a paper and pencil. In fact this is worse than most tablets because you're looking where you're drawing with the cintiq so this makes you expect it to work like it works when you're drawing on paper. This is why I do the pencils by hand so at least the initial strokes can have some assuredness. How do you combat this effect further? You work very zoomed in (I draw on the cintiq zoomed in and I have a second window open in my regular monitor at 20% zoom, which is right for a 600 dpi a3 comic that I intend to prin in a4).

2. But working very zoomed in has its own share of problems. A lot of high gestural work is lost. Sharp curved lines that we've trained our hands to give us with a pencil for a decade or something aren't as easy to pull off now (not impossible though, but expect a lot of *draws curve* *undos it* *draws again* *undos again* until you get it. And that upsets the 'zen' of drawing in itself). Also working on a detail and then zooming out to see that the detail isn't working is always demoralizing. The way to combat this is that you might have to use a few more automated tools in Manga Studio to get perfect curves, or tapered edges on long strokes. Thankfully, Manga Studio provides these and much more.

3. You have to learn to have a light hand, much lighter than with a pencil. I'm an HB, H2, H3 kinda guy when it comes to pencil work, so I'm used to holding the pencil pretty firmly, pretty much 'carving' the paper. This is a no-go on the cintiq, you have to learn to use the stylus as if you're feathering strokes of watercolor.... even if you're laying down hard as fuck 100% opacity marker trails (which I do much more often than feathering strokes of, slight but not alarmingly so, homosexual watercolor). Perhaps this is my problem only though because I've noticed most pencil art people use much softer B pencils than I do.

4. I'm not sure if it can stand lots of use. I've been taking relatively good care of it but using it pretty much daily for a year, and now on the bottom center of the drawing screen (think of a parallel horisontal part of the screen, centered in the middle lower part of it) has a 'warping'. When I draw a long vertical straight line, it'll be long and straight until it reaches that part of the screen and then it'll go

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this is actually a bigger deal than I make it out to be, but I tend to work zoomed in and draw in the center of the screen (as most rational people do) so I've learned to avoid it. But it's a disappointing aspect of the cintiq. Perhaps it won't happen to you!


All in all, I can't live without it, but I suspect it's more the combo of Cintiq/Manga Studio than just the Cintiq. It's great for what I'm using it, but make an informed decision if you're going to be doing a lot of color work, if you're prepared to sacrifice a bit of gestural fluidity, if you're given to slightly homosexual watercolor feather strokes, so on.

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Reply #45 on: September 23, 2009, 08:36:20 am
You have to learn to have a light hand, much lighter than with a pencil.

Aw damn, now you've confirmed my fears. I tend to lean over the paper/tablet and carve my stuff in, so I would probably murder a cintiq eventually.

Btw, the "warping" you speak of could be that you keep the cintiq close to something like a speaker or a CRT-monitor. I've noticed my tablets becoming affected by stuff like that. Electro-magnetic hoola boola or whatever it is.

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Reply #46 on: September 23, 2009, 11:48:23 pm
Fuck. I place my cintiq on top of my computer tower. I guess that's not a good idea, huh?

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Reply #47 on: September 24, 2009, 04:04:10 am
Wow, Helm, that's the worst computer set up I've ever seen. I see you found a good use for your Bible, though. j/k   It's great to see others' work stations. Indigo, get an ergonomic chair if you can, I'd worry about back problems.



Look at those gaudy CRT's. They're like freaking heaters. This pic is a little dated, but still accurate enough. C'mon lets see more . . .


*EDIT*  I guess it would make sense to post my complete "workstation". Can't overlook the value of a table space with nothing digital to distract you:






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Updated workspace. Heavenly LCD's. They make life better.



. . . Oh! What is that hideous poster!!?!?
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Reply #48 on: September 24, 2009, 05:27:36 am
Good lord.. CRT monitors! I see everyone has their prerequisite Wacom tablets..



This is my kitchen office where I am seated 99% of my waking day.. the other 1% are trips to the fridge / areas to rid of bodily wastes. Need to wipe grease off of everything occasionally because.. well it's the kitchen. To get to the bedroom or the "lounge room" you have to walk over the chair. That's Tokyo for ya.
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Reply #49 on: September 24, 2009, 08:13:24 am
It's not a bible, hilariously, it's Marxist Ethics by the academy of science of the USSR, institute of external relations by A. F. Siskin.

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Reply #50 on: September 24, 2009, 05:09:57 pm
It's not a bible, hilariously, it's Marxist Ethics by the academy of science of the USSR, institute of external relations by A. F. Siskin.

Oh, haha. I wanted to comment on your setup, that I think it a good example of reasonableness, not presuming the need for a cherried out studio setup to produce good work. HR Giger always said he does his best work when down in the crummy little cellar of his Chur residence. Some stone walls, a huge canvas and some dingy airbrushin' equipment. That's all he needs.

The effect of our immediate environement is interesting, though. Makes me wonder if every artist should pay it any attention, because it seems like a trap sometimes - to get caught up in something futile you sometimes can't really do anything about  -OR-  if it would be wise to "optimize" your creative environment, customize it to your personality so as to feel most disposed to creativity the way you intend. And I'm trying to point that we typically don't understand would be optimizing our offices, since everyone is different and may require optimizing in different ways - what might be helpful? I constantly fall short of my own creative intentions. Sure, lack of skill the obvious reason, but is my office partially to blame? Does it make me lazy? Does it distract me? Obviously certain mental factors play a large role in our creative workflows - some days we don't feel motivated/inspired, other days we experience sharp spikes of serindipity. Helm, earlier you commented in this thread some 'pain is needed to produce brilliance', though a sarcastic comment which I think you may've meant partly seriously, I think there's some truth in that. I seemed to be more adventurous and self-motivated when I all I had was pencils . . . in a way. Now with a full "digital suite" of tools at my fingertips, I value them less than I did my favorite kind of pencils back then. Maybe the idea that I feel less involved in my art than then because I couldn't digitally generate imagery like I can now, with modern methods of expediting projects, leeches away from a percentage of the pride in my own accomplishments, thus failing to compel me to keep groping for more in the unknown darkness that is each person's own ability yet to be unearthed. Because isn't the reason we all persist in creative endeavors driven by the need to answer the question, "What can I really do/ What can I accomplish?" I know if I don't consciously ask myself the question at the outset of a new project, I interrogate myself subconsciously, because, maybe out of vanity, I always want to know good I am, what I can do, etc. It's a source of self-worth/pride. Evidence: those that feel they're not good at anything special feel they're missing something and will seek out new goofy hobbies, or attempt to hone some ability just so they have some obscure talent superior to others, to fill that inherent human need.

The thrust of this post may have spun out of control into undiscernable ambiguity but I only mean to put out there: In the quest for artistic excellence how much does our "real desktop" affect us. And if it does exude significant effects, can we use that to our advantage by determining how our environment should be configured, based on our individual disposition, to be most conducive for our creative ambitions?

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Reply #51 on: September 24, 2009, 06:00:32 pm
I've often said that I'm the most 'ghetto' artist I know, meaning I'll work anywhere, just give me a few pieces of paper and my little chess box of markers and stuff. Same goes for the workspace, but it's not exactly 100% by choice. I don't consider it a point of either pride or shame, just a fact.

I don't have a large income, I live at home with my dad (who well... is never home, I just see him in the Saturdays) and even if I did make a lot of money (like when I used to pursue a lot of pixel art gigs), I'm very averse to actually buying things, I can't explain it any better. Something has to completely break down before I feel okay throwing it away and buying something new in its place. I guess I'm pretty aware that my existence costs money/is a burden to others and I don't want to exacerbate the situation if I can help it.  So yes, I work on this tiny desk and I can't really complain, I can do anything I want to here. Actually the cintiq - or my drawing pad - ends up on a big plastic box I place on my lap and which I use as an inclined surface to draw on. Other people have huge drawing tables that cost 2,000 euros, I have a plastic box. Even the cintiq ended up in my possession because this electronic shop chain owed some money to my father and he could only get it in stock items, I consider it a huge luxury, it costs more than anything else in that picture put together, which is one of the reasons I sit down and use it every day to feel as if it was a worthy purchase, heh.

I've noticed a lot of people self-define as artists and then surround themselves in an environment they think befits an artistic lifestyle. I'm not judging this, my dad is the same way (he works as a cartoonist in Greek newspapers) and I've been around workspaces like these you showed in your pictures since I was 6 years old... my dad constantly complains that he should buy me a proper table and stuff like that. I just never felt like 'if you are an artist you have to show it' so... I don't place my art in meticulously arranged binders, I don't work in a perfect surface, my drawing tools aren't top-of-the-line... none of that stuff.

What I do value though is feeling that my workspace is 'friendly' to me. It's a huge problem for other artists I know, to sleep in the same place they work and to consume entertainment in the same place they work, but it's the only way I can get anything done. For example usually I ease up into the 4-5 hours of pencilling / inking I do each day by first sitting on the computer, reading some manga, listening to some music while browsing the internet, doing some critique etc... at some point I go 'alright, time to work' and seamlessly I start up Manga Studio and go at it. I put some Star Trek TNG to play in the background (like an audio drama) and work my hours. If I had to get up and go to a different room and 'warm the chair' before I could start working I suspect I'd get much less done.

So yes, the friendliness of a bedroom makes me work much more than a clean and professional artistic studio. But perhaps when I grow up more (emotionally mostly) this will chance and I'll need a professional workspace to do more professional work. Making comics isn't exactly a professional endeavor for me, although I'd like it to be. Doesn't pay to be a comic artist in Greece.



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Reply #52 on: September 24, 2009, 08:48:20 pm
Hmm, artist fung shui? I dunno. As soon as I get in the zone, reality melts away and my mind rides upon a butterscotch unicorn into the limitless undulations of...I zone out.



My tablet was large to the point of being unwieldy back when I had a goliath workstation. Now that I've reduced the setup to a single 13 inch laptop, it's just ridiculous, heh. I'm either going to sell this one and buy a smaller Intuos 4, or wait until Apple puts out a long rumored tablet and replace both the tablet and the laptop.

The chair looks like crap but it's extremely comfortable. I ripped the back off and sit on it backwards. It actually improved my posture and my back hurts much less after hours of drawing/coding.

Helm: thanks for the spiel on the pros and cons of the Cintique. I tend to use my tablet for stuff that obviously benefits from the digital processes. I prefer to sketch and draw and ink in warm high-fidelity analog, but I can understand how the digital inking increases productivity. If I had the same stroke of luck as you did, I would have definitely done the same thing.
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Reply #53 on: September 24, 2009, 08:59:00 pm
As for the Cintiq warping... the DS had the same problem on earlier screens. Apparently it was a defect in the touchscreen that has since been repaired in new ones. I'm surprised that Cintiq would still be having that problem if Nintendo managed to find and fix it in a matter of a year of their first touchscreen device.

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Reply #54 on: September 24, 2009, 09:21:36 pm
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Your humility is endearing. I mean that. If Frank Lloyd Wright was less pompous, would he have gone farther? For a creative, I think a humble unassuming attitude is a vital tool in itself. But, that applies to all areas of life then. In the US, gadgets and technology are in high swing and I see people grabbing them up just because they're trendy and whatnot. What a downfall. I work with a guy that got an iphone for its apps such as Sketchbook Pro, by Autodesk. He can now sketch digitally, and with an impressive toolset available in the program I might add. He even got the nifty little specialty iphone stylus for more accurate drawing. Guess how often he actually draws, on paper, on anything. Never. Will he start now? No, of course. But these things are so ostentatious, strong marketing implying they alone increase your skill or ability or whatever the case, that people, I think anyway, in hopes of improving quickly and easily, buy them. Like the treadmill that is used once then gathers dust until the next spring cleaning.

The world is so homogenized these days, I doubt my country is much different than others regarding the "designer culture" phenomenon. "Creative artistic designer" people have a stereotype, and for a reason. They look/act a certain way (not all of course). So along with that goes the material requirements imposed as being necessities. A bad mindset to enter into. Especially to feel impaired by or in want of high dollar supplies before you can do any work. Art supplies is a huge racket, man. Like you, I simply don't have the cash - can't afford flat screens, my wacom was given to me, got the computer desk from a garage sale, etc. It's said the US has become the displosable society, which alleges that us americans dispose of/throw things away and replace them without a thought. Well, I find myself washing disposable plastic knives and forks sometimes, etc,  so hopefully I defy all the stereotypage there.

But this idea of how environement helps or hinders us has been on my mind lately because I've been experiencing a horrible breakdown of self-motivation and joy from art-related things, and I'm trying to figure out why I default to pissing time away instead of getting things done. I feel more ready to work and on-target at work than I do at home. eh, anyway . . .


Blumunkee, thanks for the pic. I happen to have the same GAG pricing guide issue. Too bad the dollar figures named are geared towards big city markets, it's not much use to me in northwest arkansas.
It looks I have the most pretentious work station so far. great

I wonder what would happen if I completely re-did it. . .

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Reply #55 on: September 24, 2009, 09:33:50 pm
Thought I'd post mine as well \o/

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Reply #56 on: September 24, 2009, 09:38:17 pm
C64 and a saddle chair? That's just too much.

Which reminds me, I have an Amiga 500 collecting dust for a couple of years now which needs to get fixed. Snagged a copy of Delux Paint as well but never got to use it.

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Reply #57 on: September 24, 2009, 09:39:26 pm
Hehe, look at the lower left corner of the pic :D
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Reply #58 on: September 24, 2009, 09:47:00 pm
Is that a Colossus on the right end of your desk?

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Reply #59 on: September 24, 2009, 09:50:53 pm
Yes, and the box it came in is in the lower left.
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Reply #60 on: September 27, 2009, 01:39:59 pm
lots of books and computers and monitors... but what about a cat?  ;) Here we go...
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Reply #61 on: October 11, 2009, 06:33:19 pm


And I found an old picture too. From 2006. I'll post that also.

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Reply #62 on: October 18, 2010, 07:04:27 am
Excuse the major bump here, I tidied up my room a bit today and later discovered my phones camera can merge photos to create a panoramic effect:

The quality isn't that great but the merging is pretty well done.
I don't have any special gadgets or anything of interest, so I think one pic can cover everything.
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Reply #63 on: October 18, 2010, 07:57:46 pm
Oh nice! We recently had "post your desktop" kind of threads on a.cc and the GDR too and when I saw this, I thought "wow, what a coincidence" and then I noticed how old this thread actually is... hehe anyway, great opportunity to spam my two desks into yet another great forum and maybe a good opportunity for everyone else too, to repost in this thread with their current desks/playgrounds/biotopes.

My two desks are arranged in parallel (turnable chair sits between them) and I recently cleaned them up, so they're actually usable again after a long break of idling and not get anything done.

But now, pictures!, first my main desk, where I write all my code, play games, watch movies, pixel and whatnot and second, my second desk, which now that it isn't hidden under endless piles of clutter accumulated over the months anymore, I plan to use for reading and drawing, game designing and whatever else may come along.

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Reply #64 on: October 26, 2010, 02:11:00 am
You sure like your girls, Dennis :P

New apartment, by the way.  I'm back in San Mateo, CA again...



I built the desk myself.  It was pretty fun.  I tried to make entertaining perch setup for the bird so he wouldn't bother me on my shoulder while i work.

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Reply #65 on: October 26, 2010, 10:01:34 am
Nice bird.
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Reply #66 on: October 28, 2010, 01:27:42 am
That perch will probably end up improving your skills since that bird obviously has some great advice to offer. :)
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Reply #67 on: October 28, 2010, 04:55:43 am
New apartment, by the way.  I'm back in San Mateo, CA again...

Aren't you worried that bird is going to get poop all over your keyboard?

San Mateo huh? You're about a 20 minute drive from where I am ( in good traffic ).

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Reply #68 on: October 28, 2010, 05:47:39 am
Takam: hah! Let's hope so!

Evileye:  are you south?  I'll be down there in palo alto area for the next three days for the tigjam.  We should meet up sometime.  Oh, and the bird is potty-trained...mostly.   He also laughs whenever somebody laughs and gives kisses on command.  Neat-o.

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Reply #69 on: October 28, 2010, 06:04:15 am
Evileye:  are you south?  I'll be down there in palo alto area for the next three days for the tigjam.  We should meet up sometime.  Oh, and the bird is potty-trained...mostly.   He also laughs whenever somebody laughs and gives kisses on command.  Neat-o.

No, I'm just a bit east from Oakland, in Orinda.

Just looked up tigjam on the web. I could show up during the daytime thursday or friday.

Would your bird fly out if you opened the window?

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Reply #70 on: October 28, 2010, 06:25:11 am
tigjam requires a ticket and unfortunately sold out long ago :(

I walk outside with the bird all the time.  He doesn't want to leave.

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Reply #71 on: October 28, 2010, 06:39:10 am
tigjam requires a ticket and unfortunately sold out long ago :(

I see. Well I could stop by sometime, best time for me is during the day from say 8 am to 2 pm.

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Reply #72 on: October 29, 2010, 08:38:27 am
I took the bull by the horns two years ago and bought a more luxurious setup. There's an tilted drawing table to the left (I sit in the inner corner of an L shaped desk), but it's always full of stuff because I don't draw on paper much anymore. The light comes in from the right, which is right because I'm left handed.
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Not seen is a gazillion binders with my old (drawn on paper) art, more Lego, tabletop armies, anime figures, Zoids, unbuilt gunpla in boxes stacked to the roof, old computers. Yeaaa - all the stuff to impress a girl. I'm thinking of using a rotation system where I put something new on the desk that I'm facing every day. Right now I rarely actually see the stuff that I bought for me to see. Drossel von Flügel was featured the day I took the picture.

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Reply #73 on: October 29, 2010, 06:52:25 pm
Evil Eye - sure man.  If you come down, you, me, xion, and monsoon could all get some food or something.  Just let me know and we'll set something up.

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Reply #74 on: October 29, 2010, 10:17:21 pm
Arne, good to see I'm not the only one with a minimal setup.

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Reply #75 on: October 30, 2010, 10:33:15 am
I love the framed NES and ATARI sprites; very creative.

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Reply #76 on: November 02, 2010, 02:59:23 am
Lovely quake wallpaper Arne. I still quake myself.

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Reply #78 on: November 23, 2010, 02:20:00 pm


That's a sweet bird! what kind is it?

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Reply #79 on: November 23, 2010, 07:25:05 pm

I like to take student squalor to the next level

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Reply #80 on: November 23, 2010, 07:49:19 pm
Thanks man.  He's a Sun Conure.

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Reply #81 on: November 24, 2010, 02:54:54 am
Thanks man.  He's a Sun Conure.

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oh nice! He's beautiful, I've been meaning to get a bird so I might actually look into one of these!

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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #82 on: December 01, 2010, 03:57:22 pm
Took this a few days to chime in:



I've been meaning to get myself a good mouse for some time now :(

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Reply #83 on: January 22, 2012, 12:16:05 am
R-R-R-Resurrectioooooooon

Recently re-worked my desk setup so that the laptop would fit next to the PC so my wife could play games next to me while working. Much tablet activity for my workflow :3

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Reply #84 on: January 22, 2012, 03:34:22 pm
woot wooot camera settings were fucked up and it got blurry

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Reply #85 on: February 03, 2012, 12:04:20 am
Gaaahhhhh paint those white walls NAOW!

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Reply #86 on: February 03, 2012, 05:29:55 pm


New place, same ol spartan workspace.

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Reply #87 on: February 04, 2012, 11:47:44 am


I like to minimize the amount of stuff. Not that I don't have useless crap elsewhere which I do.

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Reply #88 on: February 04, 2012, 07:11:10 pm
Don't laugh

My wicker office chair is starting to dry rot.

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Reply #89 on: February 05, 2012, 06:04:05 am
Gaaahhhhh paint those white walls NAOW!

Haha, we painted the rest of the apartment, I just ran out of steam when it came to the office. This is the wall behind my desk



and here's part of our living room. The other two walls are dark blue and yellow.




And WOAH, KRICE, MY COMPUTERS ARE IN YOUR COMPUTER! I'm sure that helps maximize your minimalistic deskspace :D

Since that last picture of my desk, my mom gave me a 1360x768 HDTV that she won from work, so the moniter perch for the PC now has two monitors. Meaning I can pretty much light this whole room without lightbulbs, haha.

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Reply #90 on: March 01, 2012, 08:45:31 pm
Spent my first commissioned job upgrading my workspace with a new monitor, which then required a new desk if I wanted to use my old monitor as a secondary... which then required a keyboard drawer and went ahead and got a new chair while I was at it(old one was beyond ragged). Sadly my camera is busted so only crappy phone camera :(

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Reply #91 on: May 10, 2012, 04:13:16 pm


...

Well, no. That was actually Jack Kirby's workplace, apparently. Original post.

When I saw it, it reminded me of the discussion that was going on in this thread. Thought I'd share this very inspirational "find", is all.

Personally, I also "work" (debatable term, as I'm not really a professional artist by any degree. Yet!) in the same place where I sleep, study and consume entertainment. Generally I have quite poor work ethic, in the sense that I constantly bounce from one activity to another. At the end of the day, I always feel unaccomplished, not having gotten much work done in any of the facets that make up my life. Perhaps a change of environment would be greatly beneficial in my case, as it could eliminate several alternatives, thus focusing my attention to a single chore. It's a configuration that I have yet to try out, strangely.

edit: as it turns out, I'm getting a studio!  :huh:  :D
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Det skulle vara lätt för mig att säga att jag inte gillar dig, men det gör jag; tror jag

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Reply #92 on: May 10, 2012, 07:36:25 pm


New place, same ol spartan workspace.

Looks nice. The wall needs a cross stitched ZX, I shall finish it come June!
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Reply #93 on: May 11, 2012, 08:03:20 am
 :D ;D ::) :crazy: :lol:

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Reply #94 on: November 10, 2012, 11:13:25 am

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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #95 on: November 11, 2012, 11:25:14 pm
I keep seeing these horribly unergonomic work places and then I wonder why I'm the one with aching wrists :(
Seriously, don't take that stuff lightly. There's nothing worse than not being able to draw or use your computer because of health issues.

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Reply #96 on: July 14, 2013, 03:27:38 pm
Changes. Changes are good. I've re-arranged my desks today to adjust for the short cable length of my new HD-webcam. Before the change, I had to draw on the flat surface in front of my screen in order to record it. Now I can draw on my drawing board (has adjustable surface angle) and record it.  :)

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Reply #97 on: December 10, 2013, 10:47:57 am
I agree, Dennis. Changes are good.
I spend SO much time in this room, it's funny how small changes can make a difference.

Moved the drafting table 90° so it completes a kind of bullpen effect. Ditched the extra chair after pic - now I just roll back and forth, hehe. More seamless. Feels bien.


(I think we have the same printer, Argyle. PRINTER BRO'S)

The small change was motivated by a big project I have in the works, trying to incorporate a better digital+non-digital workflow and ramp up productivity in general.)
(Haha, my pirated pixel posters are all showing. Well, except for Cure's.)


I hope you guys love seeing physical evidence of your digital peers as much as I do.
Nice to remember behind every avatar is a real person. Easy to forget that sometimes.


But . . . aside from all the above blather - let me make one serious point, since I'm even posting this junk:
From one digital artist to another, if you haven't gone dual display yet, you're doing yourself a disservice. If you can shell out the cash and have the space, I HIGHLY recommend it. It's hard to describe the benefits of doing this. It just makes everything better - you have more screen space, less ALT+TAB'ing, less time spent finding that window, reference material visible while drawing, work/draw in one mon while other is designated as the info mon where you keep your file explorer/supplementary stuff/chat programs, etc etc.
It's like a dude that works on a physical desk all day, shuffling through papers 'n crap, suddenly getting a new desk twice as big - he can organize his papers and not have to stack as many on top of each other.

LCD's have gotten very cheap. Do it.

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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #98 on: December 10, 2013, 11:47:48 am
I find it strange that most of you have such.. lack of interiour designing skill and yet you paint such amazing things...
Why not apply the same theory you use when painting to the space around you?

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Reply #99 on: December 10, 2013, 12:56:05 pm
Ah, right! I almost forgot about this thread. I'm not an artist, but have a picture of my desk anyway.

http://i.imgur.com/Onqk7rd.jpg (Link, because large!)
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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #100 on: December 10, 2013, 12:58:30 pm
woop woop office =D



I find it strange that most of you have such.. lack of interiour designing skill and yet you paint such amazing things...
Why not apply the same theory you use when painting to the space around you?

I think it depends on how your place feels most cozy to you
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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #101 on: December 10, 2013, 08:27:49 pm
I think it depends on how your place feels most cozy to you

You can still have it cozy and good looking at the same time..  :P

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Re: Post your (real) desktop!

Reply #102 on: December 10, 2013, 09:42:31 pm
Jeesh, my desk is really, really cluttered and horrible compared to all these others. Also Mathias this many sound really stupid if its not, but is that Tim Heidecker as your background?

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Reply #103 on: December 10, 2013, 11:13:10 pm
OH GOD WE ATE THE WHOLE BROWNIE MOUNTAIN!

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Reply #104 on: December 10, 2013, 11:59:14 pm
Hahaha Yes! Tim and Eric is really awesome  :lol: . Have you seen The Whitest Kids You Know?

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Reply #105 on: December 11, 2013, 02:04:18 pm
 

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I find it strange that most of you have such.. lack of interiour designing skill and yet you paint such amazing things...
Why not apply the same theory you use when painting to the space around you?
It's a fair question, but not something everyone is into.
I have no art on my walls, just white boards.
The only image I have hanging next to my desk is this.




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Reply #106 on: February 11, 2015, 07:38:49 am
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the suck. Any kind of pain as a result of too much work really is. The only things I found to be working for me are regular medium difficulty Yoga exercises, meditation and very long walks through nature. The pain never completely goes away but it is at least bearable.

Resurrecting the thread with two recent shots of a freshly cleaned up productivity (productive in theory at least) area. It was buried in clutter and junk before (did not take any before shots... too embarrassing). The idea was/is that with a ready-to-use environment, motivation can/will come more easily and spur-of-the-moment attacks of the "I might draw this..." kind will not be defeated by the "...but I am too lazy to clean up first" thoughts anymore.

Also, one of these days, I shall study those books, currently all they do is collect dust and look pretty in the shelf and that's not what they're meant for by the intention of their authors.



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Reply #108 on: February 12, 2015, 02:42:13 am
I'm liking the yoga ball dennis, they're always fun  ;D

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Reply #109 on: February 14, 2015, 09:58:30 am
It was a good investment. I never want to go back to using a regular chair.

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Reply #111 on: February 19, 2015, 03:16:34 pm
"Please water us"  ;D

Dog should get a "please feed me" label though I am not sure if it is even real, it looks a bit artificial.

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Reply #112 on: February 19, 2015, 05:09:39 pm
He's definitely real, though his hair a bit longer right now for the winter.