If you work as a digital artist, then you know that there's a lot more to your workstation than just a computer. Having space for specialist equipment, inspiration and reference materials, and traditional artists' tools can make all the difference when working on a tricky piece.
Sitting on the sofa with a laptop certainly won't cut it, but neither will any old desk. These tips will help you to choose a study desk that maximizes your creativity and works with you, not against you.
Large surface area
Desks can vary massively in size, and if you're a digital artist, then it's worth spending extra for a larger work area. This allows items like graphics tablets to be placed in a position that is optimal for drawing whilst viewing the monitor of your computer. It also means you won't have to waste time putting items away when you need more room for different projects. Having everything set up and ready to go means that you can start creating as soon as inspiration strikes.
If you like to work with traditional materials before scanning into the computer for digital highlights, then having plenty of room is essential. Drawing on a larger sheet of paper means the scanned copy of your image will be higher quality and easier to work with. You'll also be able to draw freely, without being cramped by having to avoid clutter on a smaller desk. Storage options will also increase, so you could keep all of your regularly used traditional materials within easy reach in a standalone desk tidy.
Raised monitor shelf
Whether you're an enthusiastic hobbyist or a full-time graphic designer, having two monitors can massively increase workflow. With some desks, two monitors just aren't an option due to lack of space. Having a raised shelf at the back of your desk maximizes the available room by allowing monitors to be placed on top, and other items stored underneath. Having monitors slightly raised like this means they will be at eye-level and there shouldn't be any light or tilt distortion in the display, so you'll get a true picture of the color and brightness of what you're working on.
No matter how large your desk is, there will be some items you don't want or need on display. Built-in drawers and shelves underneath or to the side of the desk are perfect for storing items out of the way, but still have them be easily accessible. An adequate amount of storage stops your workspace from becoming cluttered, which can hinder creativity, without limiting the amount of tools you have nearby.