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Published: February 24, 2009
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I have been using computers since the Apple IIGS so I have seen my share of various setups and components. I settled with PC because of their ease of customization, affordable prices and user-friendliness. This system evolved over a number of years and has seen many upgrades. The monitor on the left is a separate computer that use for email and music. It is a simple system that I bought at a thrift store for $60. Since its only function is to run Outlook, Winamp and Rhapsody, it does not need to be high tech.

The 2 monitors in the middle are a dual monitor setup for my main computer – a quadcore with 6GB RAM. The monitors are 24” Dell UltraSharp. The graphics card is top-of-the-line which I needed in order to rotate both monitors 90 degrees. I prefer the vertical orientation of the monitors on this computer because most of the artwork I create is vertical. Call me stubborn but I still use Windows XP and Photoshop CS2. I prefer very plain and simple components that do the work I need them to do without the extra bells and whistles that I will never use. The operating system is even running in ‘classic mode’ with a plain gray wallpaper.

The monitor on the right is obviously a TV. Sometimes I get sick of listening to music while working so turn the TV on instead, although, I try not to do that too often because it is distracting.
The desk was custom built. I designed it to fit perfectly in my office using 3D Studio Max. It was built by a local craftsman.

Lastly, you will see that I do not use a tablet. I do have one but I have not found a use for it outside of making long strokes (like painting hair). I really do not know how people can stand using them all the time.
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OldMjolnir's avatar
Thank you, was interesting … really.
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slowdog294Professional Photographer
Excellent. :winner:
Sketch252's avatar
I can't Imagine not using my tablet...  So does that mean you do all this Absolutly Beautiful art with a MOUSE????????   I can't even see how that is possible, Question do you paint all your picks from scratch, or are do you trace somethings, or do a lot of photo manipulation, and other tricks and short cuts, just wondering???
GuyInRacoonSuit's avatar
thax man! u inspire me fr the last 5 years, now im working in engineering department, but im using a tilt vertical monitor with a standard laptop.
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kl3opatraProfessional Digital Artist
too many mouses hehehe ..but u r briliant
DarkZoneGraphics's avatar
DarkZoneGraphicsProfessional Traditional Artist
i want...
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damilepidusProfessional Digital Artist
Your style/ technique must be amazing if you do this without a tablet.  I can't figure how you do it.  That is some serious and constant hotkey work for opacity and brushes......
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GraphiteOnPaperHobbyist Photographer
Good to see you at cgtalk!
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CarnalConceptsHobbyist General Artist
Nice setup. I too am stubborn and have no designs to ever give up Photoshop CS3
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MLauviahProfessional General Artist
:wow: Incredible 4 monitors are so expensive! that luxury!
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MISSVICTORIAJK23Student Digital Artist
I'm really impressed that you do all of this without a tablet. That takes a lot more time, effort, and skill. Kuddos to you my friend, you have some amazing pieces out there. I look forward to seeing the next piece.

Although, curious question, how long did it take you to learn how to use the mouse to paint? Lol
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MichaelOProfessional Digital Artist
since i developed this style on my own, i suppose it did take a while.  i would say it takes about 5 pieces to start to perfect it
crazyworld1's avatar
Umm interesting and just amazing! I love ur desk and place :)
snowyremy's avatar
goes to show talent doesn't need the latest apple products. A humble and sensible setup.
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MichaelOProfessional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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photostreamerProfessional Interface Designer
I can only say :wow:
JohnRevelationXXVI's avatar
JohnRevelationXXVIHobbyist General Artist
Very cool!!
NilRecurring's avatar
There's only one thing wrong with this. You need Synergy so you don't need two sets of peripherals :P
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mamarilmansonStudent Digital Artist
If drawing on paper was your past time when you were in school then you would understand that a tablet is a weapon of a digital artist... but if you don't then let it be... you're used to using a mouse anyway... :))
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SeasonofSaraHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll pay you for that setup. XD
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SiepheStudent Interface Designer
My god... mouse for mostly everything. You are my new idol! =P
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profutur1971Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty, originality, and more ! Good job ![link]
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