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Pebpebba
01-23-2011, 02:14 PM
Hello everyone!
I'm new to colored pencil and don't have enough space for a drawing table/desk. Mostly i draw on my lap but was wondering which type of easel would be good if any for colored pencil work. I also use a folding table and a folding table easel would be perfect. Only which type could be good for colored pencil. If any . also does anyone else use an easel for cp .thanks in advance to all!!! :wave:

dougmccallum
01-23-2011, 02:19 PM
We went with a folding drafting table -- Alvin Onyx line I think. Big enough to spread out on and it tilts appropriately but also folds up to get out of the way.

venetian_red
01-23-2011, 03:41 PM
Hi, I'm new to the site but I thought I might be of some help. I use a lap desk that's meant for laptops for drawing. It sounds a bit weird at first, but it works great. The one that I have adjusts to all different heights and adjusts to many different angles as well. I set it up on a table, or counter because I tend to stand to work, but it could go over your lap while sitting too. It has a ledge which helps keep the drawing in place. I find this really great because it hardly takes up space and can fold up and go away when not in use. It was also pretty inexpensive, which is always great! I hope I'm allowed to link to it. Here you go: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834994080

I hope this was helpful!

basketmaker
01-23-2011, 09:49 PM
I use hard cardboard(mostly the backs of paper pads) for smaller pieces and a drawing board for larger pieces. I work mostly in the den with my family so it works for me. I have tried working at an easel or a table and it's just not my style. I will work at a table if needed, I don't even work at an easel for watercolor or pastels. You have to find what works for you!

cjc45
01-23-2011, 11:54 PM
I don't have much space at all and one desk has to serve for everything. I use a flat drawing board with a clip at the top. I don't use the clip to hold the paper but turn the board over. The clip raises it just enough to eliminate glare on the paper. I also use my lap a lot because i like to work outside.

Shirl Parker
01-24-2011, 01:07 PM
You might look at this one (http://www.aswexpress.com/discount-art-supplies/overstock/drawing-supplies/daler-rowney-artsphere-workstation.html).

ocmd123
01-24-2011, 01:25 PM
Like CJ, I also use the giant clip board (http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-sketch-pad-boards/). I usually just prop it on the edge of the table, and rest the end in my lap. But you may also find this (http://www.dickblick.com/products/blitz-translucent-drawing-board/)useful. You can lay it on the table and use it flat or elevated.

Five
01-24-2011, 02:02 PM
I use the same easel that I use for doing oil painting so I can sit mostly straight. I have a board mounted on it that I tape my paper to. My back doesn't like any kind of bending over as with the drawing table which I also have.

George924
01-24-2011, 07:35 PM
http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-beechwood-convertible-easel/

This is my favorite easel, I have three of them...although I do not use them for color pencil you are able to lay it down flat and could put a drawing board on top of it, it also folds up nicely being able to be put away....

mudfish
01-25-2011, 11:51 AM
Nope, no easel for CP. Always work flat, at best tilting board onto my lap.

ddattler
01-25-2011, 02:06 PM
I Do most of my CP on an 18x24 Masonite Drawing board with a Spring clip on it. If I'm drawing from life, I prefer to keep my Drawing almost vertical on the same plane as my subject so I never look far between my Drawing and my subject. It makes it easier/faster to compare the two. If using a Photo I use a second clip on the board. My students are taught that way as well.

I do have a Mirage Easel that converts/tips to a tabletop type easel. It's on sale occasionally at Jerry's Artarama for 89-99 dollars. I don't use it for drawing myself.

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/easels/studio-easels/mirage-all-media-easels.htm

It's only 17" wide/lightweight and has wheels to move it around easily.

mimirosekfym4n
01-25-2011, 03:31 PM
I went to the lumber yard and had some peices of board cut in different sizes...two inches larger than the sizes I use to draw on . It is the board that is used on counter tops and on walls in kitchens. I sanded the edges and it works perfect...cheap and light weight. I use a rubber clamp to hold the paper in place. I also draw in the family room. CP's are so time consuming that if I didn't draw there my family would never see me...lol...

drulf
01-25-2011, 04:54 PM
I do have a Mirage Easel that converts/tips to a tabletop type easel. It's on sale occasionally at Jerry's Artarama for 89-99 dollars. I don't use it for drawing myself.

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/easels/studio-easels/mirage-all-media-easels.htm

It's only 17" wide/lightweight and has wheels to move it around easily.

I second the Mirage Easel. It has become my favorite drawing support, mainly for its small size, mobility and flexibility. I used to use an Alvin folding drafting table, but found that I could not elevate it more than about 30 deg above horizontal. When I began drawing near vertically, I switched to the Mirage. Because of its narrow width (as noted above) I use a sheet of Gator board to support my drawing. The Gator board fits nicely between the clamps of the easel and makes it easy to transport the drawing between my studio at home and my drawing class (I just take it off the easel, toss it into a large zippered portfolio... and off I go :) ).

RobinZ
01-25-2011, 06:16 PM
My hubby cut up a masonite board into smaller ones and I tape my pieces with masking tape to them for a nice clean edge. They are large enough to tape photos onto them, sit in a comfy chair with my feet up and an old movie on and get to work!

I usually am working on more than one commission at a time, I work on backgrounds when I'm getting tired.

AnnGarlough
01-25-2011, 06:21 PM
You might look at this one (http://www.aswexpress.com/discount-art-supplies/overstock/drawing-supplies/daler-rowney-artsphere-workstation.html).

I popped in to have a look Shirl. If that isn't the cutest thing!

Phyrie
01-29-2011, 07:09 PM
I popped in to have a look Shirl. If that isn't the cutest thing!

I have that one. It's simply wonderful. I can't say enough about it, except I highly recommend it.

ladypainter
01-30-2011, 08:30 AM
I use a drafting table I got for a couple of bucks at a yard sale. I tilt it right up and it works well for me.I cant work on a flat table.. I looked at the site and that one looks neat.

Pebpebba
01-31-2011, 01:19 AM
Hello everyone,:wave:
I'd like to thank you all for your help and ideas for a colored pencil easel. I have tried several and have found a few that will work for me.. really appreciate all the helpful people here!