Shopping for the perfect easel can be overwhelming. Not only are there are a plethora of choices on the market, but those choices vary greatly in price, purpose and size – which are all factors that should be taken into account before purchasing the best easel for your specific needs. The choice to use an easel is completely up to the artist. Although some artists choose to work without one, many prefer to work with one because of the stability they provide.
What to look for when shopping for an easel:
- Material: pay attention to what the easel is made out of; although most easels are now made from wood or metal, some are still made from plastic, and although the plastic easels may be an inexpensive option, they really are an unreliable material to rely on when shopping for the perfect easel; the ideal easel will be wood or metal
- Space: pay attention to the size of the easel, both when it is fully expanded and fully collapsed so you know how much space it will take up, as well as where you can store it
- Price: there are thousands of easels on the market, and it may take some time before finding the perfect easel for you, but be patient; don’t waste your money on an easel you do not think you will want a few years down the line because easels are meant to be long-term investments
Here is a list of a few good easels to give you an idea of what to look for:
- Soltek Easel- a wooden, three leg easel that is easily collapsable, this easel is sturdy, well made and durable; great for the serious artist; this convenient easel can be carried around and converted into a laptop or tabletop easle for artists on the run
- Torino Metal Easel- this metal easel is a great choice for beginning artists and hobbyists; a three leg easel with a price that doesn’t break the bank, the Torino metal easel is sturdy, easy to set up and reliable
- Richeson Mantoya Easel- a wooden easel designed for the more serious artist, the Richeson Mantoya Easel is a sturdy, durable easle that is easy to adjust, easy to store and perfect for those with small spaces
If you have never used an easel before it is best to first try painting or drawing with one of the inexpensive models. Once you have developed an idea of what features you would like in your easel and have become comfortable working with your easel, you can make a larger, more permenant purchase that’ll last for years.