An easel is an essential piece of basic equipment
as it provides a secure platform for your artwork. When purchasing an easel it is important to look for qualities that best suit your personal work style. If you’r
e new to art, it’s advisable to buy an inexpensive easel and plan to replace it in a year or so, after you’ve gained some experience and have a better idea of what you need. However, in the long run it is to your advantage to buy the most versatile, sturdiest easel you can afford. Sometimes, more than one easel may be necessary to suit all of your styles.
Easels encompass a wide range of needs for every level of artist from beginner to professional. They can be made from different grades of wood and aluminum with styles ranging from master easels, to display easels, to small tabletop easels. You can pay ten ($10.00) to ten-hundred ($1,000.00) dollars for an easel, so it’s a good idea to do some research and find out what type of easel best suits your needs and style. No matter the decision, an easel can ease your work considerably.
Types of Easels
Two of the most common types of easels are studio and sketching easels. Studio easels are large and quite often heavy. They are designed to support large canvases and are typically constructed of wood. Sketching easels are light and compact for portability. They are designed to hold smaller canvases and can be used when sketching or painting outdoors.