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I'll show you mine if your show me your.... studio.

Postby Pat_Grant on Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:38 am

Go on. Get our your phone, take a photo of your workspace and post it here

Here's mine.
Note the horrible clutter, lack of natural light, the hundreds of half-finished projects, well thumbed copy of 'The Arrival' and the 1980's clock radio stuck to the drawing table with one of those putty erasers. It really looks just like something straight out of a slick design magazine, eh?
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Re: I'll show you mine if your show me your.... studio.

Postby andrew.fulton on Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:25 pm

Cool Pat,

I wish I could show you my studio, but it's currently "The Kitchen Table" and all you would see there now is the remains of a roast.
I do have a drawing table but it's folded up and packed away until some time when I might have a proper space.

That's a nice big screen leaning up against the wall there - do you do much printing?
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Re: I'll show you mine if your show me your.... studio.

Postby Azzamckazza on Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:51 pm


This is where my magic happens. Drawing board, Lightbox, Scot Pilgrim comics, Sketchbooks and lots and lots and lots of paper.

That blue thing in the top right is the couch. My 'studio' is in our lounge room which means that I get little to no privacy. If people are having dinner or watching T.V. I have to whack the headphones on and get in the zone. It also sucks if I have to get homework done on the weekend and people come around. Like the one time I was railroaded by a confused and annoying hippy who talked at me all night about how the world is fucked and words don't really have meanings and how he wants to take over the world by establishing a school that breeds/creates ultra intelligent Altruistic Warriors.

Yeah...I miss having my own space.
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Re: I'll show you mine if your show me your.... studio.

Postby matt g on Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:32 pm

I've just completed an upgrade of my digital studio, which has been an interesting and mostly painless process. The last major setup I went with was in late 2005 with this:


The new setup is this:


Pretty much everything was replaced except the screen, keyboard and mouse. The last couple of revisions of the Mac Mini have had the ability to drive 2 screens independently at 1920x1200, and assuming this capability remains, the next upgrade should only be the computer itself. Going from a final generation G4 mini, to a new Core2 Duo is a pleasant speed bump, and the stock 4gb of ram is enough to work within for now. These new ones will work with 8gb in them, and that's really the only limiter on the work I do.

The new graphics tablet, yeah it's the biggest one Wacom make now, and it's good to be back on a large format tablet, BUT there are some things worth grumbling about. Mainly the buttons around the touchring, they're spongy with little to no mechanical click, too little travel, and they require too much force to activate - so not so good for holding down like the space bar in photoshop for scrolling around. They don't really match the quality of a piece of hardware that cost more than the computer itself.

Dell 24" flatscreens are pretty good value now - if you're a student you can get their top end one for $600 or so, which is about half the price they were back in 2005 (stunned by that)

The other nifty thing I did with this setup was to replace the screens' stands with VESA arms that bolt onto my shelving:


(It's like hentai back there)

This clears the desk under them, and it's surprising how much room those baseplates take. More importantly, if someone comes by with their xbox for a bit of network gaming (cause Dell put about half a dozen inputs on their screens), it means you can do this:


...and run a console on each screen. It also makes getting to cabling etc much easier. This should be the setup I'm working within for the next few years, and it's proving remarkably nice so far. I don't think you can ever have too many screens (anyone else get a woody at Mr Universe's setup in Serenity?), and for me, CPU is the least constraining resource now - the lowest end macs are several times faster than anything I've done production on previously. It does get somewhat warm in front of all that illuminated glass, however.

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