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Thread: laptop/wacom- Comfortable setup/studio?

  1. #1
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    laptop/wacom- Comfortable setup/studio?

    I'm using an Alienware laptop and a Bamboo Create with ArtRage.
    I just got the Bamboo Create yesterday and today is the first day of trying to use it.
    But, I'm struggling with being comfortable and being close enough to the screen to see what I'm doing.

    I've always just sat on the couch with the laptop on my lap but this doesn't work well when trying to paint.
    I have a desk in the bedroom but I really don't want to be stuffed back there. I want to be in the living room where everything is. Music, TV, life...

    What sort of setups do others use? Special trays or anything to make things easier and more productive?

    Thanks
    -Scott

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    mmhhmm all good ideas....

    After doing some searching I found a discussion similar to this on another site and people uploaded pics of their setup. got a few ideas and they posted links to some cool laptop stands for this sort of thing.

    Would have been cool to have our own discussion on this matter.

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    I've setup my 32" tv as an monaitar so i can see what i'm doing when i use my wacom tablet.
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    Graham Fisher
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    Artrage 2.6
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    See, now that's an awesome setup!
    Thanks man!

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    i use the tablet about 3 feet away and its really cool.
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    Graham Fisher
    Email: Home cripster99@gmail.com

    Homepage: artwheel.org

    Mobile: 021-029-75930

    Artrage 2.6
    Artrage 3.5
    Artrage 4.04

    Wacom Graphire 6x8 Bluetooth
    Win7
    4GB 64bit
    sp2

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    This is the setup I'm using right now. I don't really like it because anyone sitting on the couch is facing me because the tv is next to me. I feel like I'm being watched. I don't paint unless I'm alone.
    Not convenient..
    I would much rather sit on the couch and paint.
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    Could you turn the table around?
    Graham Fisher
    Email: Home cripster99@gmail.com

    Homepage: artwheel.org

    Mobile: 021-029-75930

    Artrage 2.6
    Artrage 3.5
    Artrage 4.04

    Wacom Graphire 6x8 Bluetooth
    Win7
    4GB 64bit
    sp2

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    I did consider that but it would really look like crap.
    I live with my girlfriend and her two girls.
    I'm really outnumbered...

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    Set the Laptop on a TV dinner table, and the Drawing tablet on your lap (use a pillow if the tablet is to low). Worked fine for me, when I had a laptop.
    Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

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    Thank you Someonesane, I did try that and may end up going back to it. I wanted to experiment was various setups first though.
    It's nice to know that others are or had been using that setup.

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