I have the best work space setup of my life!!!
Now, I have had some great tables, computers, studios, but none have compared to my current work-space, which I built and pieced together over the years.
When I moved to Lubbock, TX I had a 2009, 20" Imac that did everything I needed at the time, but with 4GB of ram it was extremely slow and I was using a 12" cintiq. I wanted to replace the whole setup, but I wanted a good table first. So one day with Yaz, I brought this drafting table from World Market, it was an impulse buy, no idea how it was going to really turn out. I then bought a Mac Mini for business, which speed up my production, with more R.A.M. Honestly I needed a Mac Pro and life would be easy from a R.A.M P.O.V. When I brought the 22" cintiq I thought my setup was perfect, and for awhile it was.
Then Yaz and I moved to L.A. I took in the sun and let it influence a healthier lifestyle, but I noticed one huge problem. My table, although beautiful, it was leaving me in a sedentary position, cutting off circulation, giving my legs the serious cramps and I had been down this road before, blood clots!
Life as an artist is not hard, but if your not careful the sedentary nature of the lifestyle causes other problems. If not aware, you can lose muscle, cause tightness overtime and a lot of other serious issues. Long story short, a brother wanted to stretch his legs!!!
I saw the Varidesk commercial and said "that's what I want!" To stand and work when I want!! One of my 1st tables was an architectures desk made of metal. I was able to stand and sit when I wanted and was able to stretch my legs. I wanted that ability again!
I came from that mindset "I can build that" Yaz cracks on me about it ;-) But if it wasn't for this mindset the place wouldn't look the way it does. Having built our entertainment systems in all three rooms, hung up the TV's on the wall, to hiding their cable wires, I would say I am a bit of a handy man ;-). My father was a carpenter on the side, so I picked up a few tricks along the way to build a stand up table for my current situation.
So Yaz and I went to Home Depot, made some friends and come up with a strategy to heighten the legs on the beautiful table from World Market. I came up with the idea to uses metal pipes as legs and three planks of wood.
With a 5/8 drill bit, I drilled four holes on each side of the planks of wood to match the 5/8 hole the metal pipes had, to create a brace for the bottom legs of the drafting table to two of the pieces of the wooden brace.
With 5/8 screws and blots to fasten the brace to the pipes, I then turn the table on it's ridge side up and I now have a great solid stand up table.
Messiah and Prince have been sharping their nails on my chair, so I used it as an excuse to replace it was a taller height adjustable chair, along with a warranty. This time to cover any KAT accidents, I mean "human" wear and tear ;-D
Okay, so I got a taller standing drafting table, but I still use a TV screen for my Mac Mini (3D flatscreen, they're so cheap today) and a cintiq. As you can see, potentially too much on my table leaving me NO room for drawing. UH, UH, CAN'T HAVE THAT!!!!!
Believe it or not, I still draw on paper. For a few years, I was strictly digital drawing and learned a lot, but I love drawing lines with pencils, pens and inks!!! Another post on that some other time. Back to the story, I need my cintiq and monitor off my damn table! so back to Home Depot I want!
This was easy, buy a shelf and two brackets. Ok, got the TV set, but what about the Mac Mini??? If you know me, you know that a huge pet peeve of mine is having electronics setup with bad cable arrangements. If I can help it, I'd like to see no wires at all, and because we all know computers fail, I don't want to waist my time with tangled wires when trying to fix it in the back. So I bought an extra small shelf and I added to the inside of my drafting table, hiding my Mac Mini. The wires it created, I systematically grouped together according to it's purpose. Hidden behind my table are also hard-drives, which flash blue lights to me know they working.
Last order of business are the keyboards and cintiq. They're still on the table, and I can't build a good setup for these two items, and believe me I thought on it for a LONG TIME!!! (two months)
In comes the Ergotron Arm, for the cintiq, it completely opened up my table for drawing!!! it was my aim from the gate, along with my heighten table.
I bought a better keyboard tray to replace the busted Staples version that was nailed in one place, and I replaced it with one that swings from side to side with a hide-able track.
MY SETUP IS PERFECT!
Some of you are saying " buy the Varidesk" or another height adjustable table out there and I was right there with you, as I almost brought 3 different tables and I figured the drafting table would be for an assistant in the future. But a voice (YAZ) kept telling me how nice and beautiful the table was, I felt I had to make better use of it, before getting another table.
I'm glad I did, because it gives the room an ambiance, that I feel is perfect, for creating Art. If I want to paint, my paints are in position to be cracked open, if I want to draw all of the table is available to me. I really do not have a need to leave and time files in here. It helps to have a great setup and I am very fortunate for my space!
My Art Today Are My Words
It’s actually how government is meant to work. Yes, it’s slow and frustrating, but it's how the constitution works. Congress is meant to get off their asses and do their job, which is to LEGISLATE. Congressmen and women on both sides of the political isle say the President should have kept D.A.C.A. in place, as President Obama set up to help children of those migrants living in the United States with out documentation. Honestly, this was a patchwork idea that was never meant to be a permanent fix and Obama told us then. This was meant to spur Congress to actually move on the immigration issue during an election year. It pissed Republicans off, because it looked like a political grab for votes, and if we’re fair, there was a little of that, but the moral spirit of the executive order was to help people. Argue the politics and ‘rule of law’ all you want, but there was a moral intention behind our President’s decision to create the order, and from a humanitarian point of view it was the right thing to do when all choices were bad. A President does not create law, otherwise he’d be a king and our country’s founding fathers did not want that shit to happen so they added two accomplices to create just law, the Legislative and Judicial branches, respectively. It is the Legislature I want you to focus on here, because it is they who are charged by the U.S. Constitution to create comprehensible immigration laws to help the children like the D.A.C.A. recipients and their families who has been here for all of these years and fair to U.S. citizens. The problem didn’t arise yesterday it’s been here for decades. It’s TOUGH on the families involved, seen and unseen, which is why our representatives have to be PUSHED now to do the right thing.
Chris Christie has a saying I actually agree with, ‘It’s hard to hate up close’. The last 16 years of The U.S. politics have been a real crazy case of Group Cowardice. Both sides of the isle are guilty and we’re all fead up. I understand it. It’s time to articulate our anger on all of these subjects and solve these issues intelligently with all viewpoints involved equally. It’s time to solve Immigration for all people of the United States.
We want these people to stay here. I don’t have to give examples, we’ve heard them all before. Each of us has our own reasons for wanting to stay in this country once we have benefited from it’s laws and have fead our family with it’s resources. But the 14th amendment does not help all of those who came here by any means in search of better lives for their families, crossing the U.S. border at personal time of need. I’m not sure, if pressed in particular situations, I would not make the same decision as some of these families who migrated from different countries around the world.
We have to create laws for these citizens of our country. Let's make this FULL Congress and this President do their job and legislate our way out of this problem. As I write this, Senators (R ) Lyndsey Graham and (D) Dick Durbin say, with bipartisan intent, that they want to solve this issue. Time to put actions to those words and get it done. But it will also take our effort to get this done. Politicians like to divide and conquer. Do not let them do this and separate us from our goal of a perfect union. People in power want us to get angry, sit at home during election, or destroy our own property in protest. We have the American Constitution on our side and if it's truly written to be fair and honest, then we test it now and make it so.
Do not give up, Dreamers!! This is not over and based on those of you I have met you will NOT just LET the actions of our government today just happen without a fight. You have friends and connections to be made and old hands to shake to get a fair compromise for all involved. Get cracking! You may feel you should not have to do this. False, every nationality, race, creed, and group of people in this country has had to fight for their identity and this particular issue is your community’s continuance of the shaping of your own identity within this land we all love and call home. You may still feel that you shouldn’t have to, but it is what it is and you must choose to fight. There’s no time to complain, no time to cry, or get distracted. Politicians will throw things in like 'walls' in exchange for votes and you'll have to use the rules of the constitution to make your case, BOLDLY and unapologetically about your side of the issue. But do not give up. Equality comes from hard work and this is yours to do.
Do NOT give up!!
P.S. Many of you will have your own point of view on this subject. If your commenting here please understand that slogans and talking points are not welcome only because we’ve all used them and they do not solve the issue. Honesty is always welcome so if you have a dissenting view on this or any other subject on this blog please do so thoughtfully as many are reading your view and it’s easier to read them if there are less venom and more reason behind your words.
Koi Turnbull here, and I want to welcome you to the revamped version of koiturnbull.com. The reboot is cool and deceptively simple all by the hands of Kyle whose work goes far beyond what you see here so MANY thanks to Kyle for a beautiful site!!!
To those unfamiliar with my work, thanks for stopping by. I have been an illustrator in the Comic book industry for about 20 years. I reside in Los Angeles, where I call home, but I am a New Yorker, born and raised and still a METS FAN!!! That's right, a METS fan!! I grew up in the shadow of Shea and root for them to the last game............. Until the Yankees go to the playoffs and then I'm Yankee fan to rep NYC. Although this year is the year I might root for the Dodgers. Not because they're winning every game and it's hard to carry orange in a sea of blue, but because Dodgers got three former Mets who were GREAT for us. So, I'm torn this year. But for now, enough of this baseball talk ;-)
For about 6 years I lived in North Carolina, where I still have friends for life and where I learned a lot about drawing as a kid being around great guys(artists) like Rick Davis, Randy Green, WAKI, Mike Weiringo, Chuck Wojkiewictz and MANY others like Bilal, Wanda and slew of friends who are like family. All of these experiences made me the artist I am today. We don't just learn from those who help us out professionally, but also our connections to family make up our values that we express as artist. Art is an expression of the human spirit, it's hard to do it without soul.
I definitely want to uses this daily blog for you guys to learn and see the process I go through daily with my art, the ups and downs and how I do what I do. I really want to give you a inside into how I go from a blank 11X17 page to what you read. I think this will be a fun journey for us all. I want to keep you guys up to date with my projects and grow a great community of readers that LOVE art, comics and the fun things in life! This blog wouldn't be right if i didn't also share my personal side as Artist, because its always a balancing act with being at the board and living a life outside my work
Lastly, my 1st blog would not be possible without mentioning the LOVE of my life, my partner in crime and all the other cute names you can think of.... YAZMIN! She got this ball rolling and continues to push it all, while I am stuck at the board pushing out the ART! It's a perfect balance...... WELL, we make it as balanced as possible. It tends to go more one way then the other, that's when one of us sets us back on track. The HARDEST part of being an artist is balancing your relationships and meeting your deadlines. All in all, I am glad I never settled and have Yaz by my side. I wouldn't want it any other way.
She's not just looking after me, but the 3 babies we have..........babies as in 3 CATS! Yes, we're one of those ;-) Mom and Dad to 3 beautiful kitties. Messiah, Prince and Zion. More to come on them later, they deserve to have a post all to themselves. ;-)
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