Yes, if you're planning to work long hours at the computer, do take
more breaks than with hand work!
My system is set up similarly to Britt's it sounds like: Wacom is
small, 4x5 (I had carpal tunnel so smaller is better for me) and sits
to the right of the long keyboard, all at the same level, right at
I do use number keys so do have a wider keyboard, though, and I push
it further to the left when I'll be doing lots of Wacom tablet work.
One other trick I have as a remnant from the CTS days is a set of
Ergo Arms, desk clamp-on arm rests I use when I have to do extensive
editing, long hours of typing, etc. I also alternate chair and
Swopper stool, too, which is a bouncing, swiveling, moving stool to
keep from holding too still for long periods of time. No back rest,
though, so I alternate, like I said!
I also don't use a laptop for lots of visual work, though, and have a
24" monitor I use.
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B A R B A R A G L E A S O N
Newsletter Editor, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
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> Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 20:07:02 -0500
> From: "Emily S. Damstra" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: digital workspace
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> Consie, My keyboard and Wacom are both on the same surface. I found
> that a
> keyboard with a shorter width enables me to place my Wacom a little
> toward the center, but sometimes I will shift the keyboard way to
> the left
> and put the Wacom front and center. The keyboard I use doesn't have
> extra numbers off the right:
> I've never really used the numbers off the right anyhow.
> But no matter how ergonomically ideal my set-up is, I have found
> that in
> order to be able to work on the computer all day I have to take
> stretching breaks, and I found some free software that reminds me
> to do so.
> It's called Time Out (for Macs): http://www.dejal.com/timeout/ I
> like it.
> Best wishes!
> On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 6:26 PM, Consie Powell
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> Can some of you who do lots of digital artwork possibly share how
>> you set
>> up your workspace, and what sorts of things you have found are
>> most helpful
>> for working efficiently and comfortably? If you have links to
>> images of your
>> setups, that would be lovely. If you can describe, or suggest,
>> that would be
>> lovely too.
>> Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some input on this. I
>> know I
>> could figure some things out for myself, but if I can get a
>> jumpstart on
>> what to avoid, and what might work well, that I haven't thought of
>> or tried,
>> then that's all wonderful.