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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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:iconsketch252:
Sketch252 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
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???
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GuyInRacoonSuit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
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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:iconkl3opatra:
kl3opatra Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
too many mouses hehehe ..but u r briliant
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:icondarkzonegraphics:
DarkZoneGraphics Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i want...
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:icondamilepidus:
damilepidus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional 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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:icongraphiteonpaper:
GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to see you at cgtalk!
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:iconcarnalconcepts:
CarnalConcepts Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice setup. I too am stubborn and have no designs to ever give up Photoshop CS3
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: Incredible 4 monitors are so expensive! that luxury!
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:iconmissvictoriajk23:
MISSVICTORIAJK23 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student 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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:iconmichaelo:
MichaelO Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional 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
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:iconcrazyworld1:
crazyworld1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Umm interesting and just amazing! I love ur desk and place :)
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:iconsnowyremy:
snowyremy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
goes to show talent doesn't need the latest apple products. A humble and sensible setup.
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:iconmichaelo:
MichaelO Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconphotostreamer:
photostreamer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I can only say :wow:
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:iconlillgrafo:
LillGrafo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Wicked setup!
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:iconjohnrevelationxxvi:
JohnRevelationXXVI Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!!
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:iconnilrecurring:
NilRecurring Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
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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:iconmamarilmanson:
mamarilmanson Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student 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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:iconseasonofsara:
SeasonofSara Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll pay you for that setup. XD
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:iconsiephe:
Siephe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
My god... mouse for mostly everything. You are my new idol! =P
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:iconprofutur1971:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty, originality, and more ! Good job ![link]
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:iconmohitbhagat0786:
mohitbhagat0786 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
greaaaaaaat .......
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:iconvamakaam:
vamakaam Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woooooooooow so amazing u r really artist man
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:iconvitali-iakovlev:
Vitali-Iakovlev Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No graphic tablet? Gosh, that is shocking! Your art is amazing!!!
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:iconfiresite:
firesite Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Wow I wish you would do some YouTube Tutorials, I love Photoshop and I love learning and it would be awesome if you would teach us throw a YouTube Channel. Plz think about it. Great work. Especially because you uses a mouse's only!!!
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:icontaher-painter70:
Taher-Painter70 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
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:icondudeofblokes:
dudeofblokes Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
really impressive
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:iconstuart-dillon:
Stuart-Dillon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy shit not tab for your work :jawdrop:
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:iconlithostone:
LithoStone Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
If you don't mind me asking, what are you using to backup your computer files?
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:iconjonnygee64:
jonnygee64 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Inspiring!
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:iconprydferth-menyw:
Prydferth-Menyw Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Not a speck of dust! LOL...you have a very nice office :)
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:iconxaogeo:
xaogeo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
U got to answer this: U DO NOT USE A GRAPHIC TABLET ?!
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:iconbudhaxx:
budhaxx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
amazing:)
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:iconhacter:
hacter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
NIce set up
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:iconlexedon:
Lexedon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Everything done by mouse, that's how i work it lol <3
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:iconarttt225:
Arttt225 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
that my friend is Awesome ^^
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:iconachrafdes:
AchrafDes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
wOOOw
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:icondraniu:
draniu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Wow... excellent!
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:icon23ultraviolet:
23ultraviolet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that looks like a fun workshop! :)
Your work is amazing btw!
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:iconaryoma:
Aryoma Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Why you do not use i mac ?
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:iconmichaelo:
MichaelO Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i used them in school and i didn't like them. Not user friendly IMO. I just can't get behind a company that actually sells commuters with no right click on the mouse. :p
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LithoStone Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
I have been using computers since the early 80's. I used macs in school also. I found them much more difficult to use that the windows XP machine I used at work. I don't understand the attraction to apple computers. I recently started using win 7. I highly recommend it.
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Amanda-Graham Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
*eyes the neatness, the order, the clean clean everything*

*looks around at the dust, the stacks of negative sheets, the box with the necklace she wouldn't wear, the altoids scattered everywhere, the ash from at least 100 cigarettes, reading glasses for when my eyes blur too much to see straight, two open packs of cigarettes, three coffee cups, four types of photographic printing paper, consumed ink cartridges, new wifi router unconnected, piles of cd-r and dvd-rs blank and used, bar towel (sort of used), eleven empty generic diet cola cans 4 laying on their sides, a framed photo of my daughter when she was 20 months old (dusty), open box of strike anywhere matches, zippo style 1935 lighters (2), piles and piles of consumed ink jet generic type/copy/print paper (words by the millions), screw driver, head phones, 100s op post its adhering to everything, un connected 4 way speakers and sub woofer, rat's nests of connecting wires and charging cords and wtf do THOSE odd plug ends fit into?, POS epson R1800 ink sucking f'ing printer, Epson Perfection V750 Pro scanner (oh, i love you sooooo), Mac book Air (newest model and lovely, fast lightweight goes EVERYWHERE) charging, 3 strip plugs none of which ground properly, Dell Inspiration (some model or another but ages old), 22 inch wide screen monitor (and STILL the g'damned print is tiny and hard to read), wireless keyboard and mouse (so filthy that i now have carpel tunnel from pounding on the m'fucker), a photograph of the girl i love so much that every work that i write is wrapped around her, cobwebbs in the window (it's 7 AM and still black outside so the funnel spider web is almost invisible), leaves on the floor at my feet on the ceramic surface (i leave my door open for her even thought i know she'll never come), and me (older, wider, but still here).

HOW do you WORK in that OCD ORDER?
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Shamrocc Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
WoW just love that painting nice setup also :)
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ejkaull Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Man, you are so neat. My desk is a wreck! Papers, Bills, Lighting, Printers, Old Computers to be fixed under the desk, Books, Backup CD's, Tissue Boxes, Phone, Check book, nik-naks, pens, usb hubs.....how do you do it. :-) Hmmm......me thinks Mr. Photoshop edited out his clutter. ha ha ha! Wow, I'm impressed with your efficiency.
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:iconamanda-graham:
Amanda-Graham Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
LOL i KNOW!!!
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:iconamanda-graham:
Amanda-Graham Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
i just bet he has maid service *giggles*
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:iconejkaull:
ejkaull Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist
He didn't respond. Makes me think I'm right! - just kidding!
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:iconamanda-graham:
Amanda-Graham Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Writer
hahahhahah you probably ARE right *photoshops the tremendous mess my bunker is into a lovely French Provençal sunny sitting room* HA!


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“To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face, and to know it for what it is … at last, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away.” V.Woolf
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ejkaull Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist
You have an art bunker! That's more awesome than your French Provençal sunny sitting room! It makes you an art warrior! :-)
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