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Drawing Boards: Buy The Best Drawing Board

Updated on March 5, 2014

Drawing Board Hunting

A drawing board is something that often gets confused with a desk, although they sound the same they are not, a desk is more of an organised workspace, whereas a drawing board is the place where all the drawing and art creation should be done.

A drawing board can be adjusted to your own height requirements, whereas a desk is usually at a fixed level, drawing boards viewed at a good angle when drawing create the best possible results for sketches, most times they save space too in your work room as they could be folded away after use, although most artists just create the space and surround their drawing board with the art materials to create their artwork and leave it at that.

A drawing board doesn't have to be expensive either if you are considering buying one, but also they are worth the investment if you feel you need one, they come in lots of sizes like most things which makes for a more personal choice, even though I recommend one of the larger A2 size ones, it's all about what area of work you are capable of producing, some people just stick to the standard A4 paper size, others the A3 size.

Of course some of the most creative of artists who want to save money will just make their own drawing boards, usually buying a cheap easel and a large piece of flat but smooth surfaced wood that acts like a drawing board surface, I did this to start with, mainly because I did not want to pay out for a professional drawing board, although now I have seen the error of my ways and caved in with an A2 drawing board.

I know some artists have the full range of different sized drawing boards to use for different things which is fine if you have the money or the space to hold all these drawing aids, but if you have the largest possible surface to work on, then you could scale down your projects to fit by only having the one board.

By looking online you may get special discounts on drawing boards so it's worth looking and surfing the internet for some much needed savings for your art equipment, also try looking in your local classifieds too as this is where I found my drawing board which I have now, even though it was second hand it does the same job and looked brand new too, mainly because it was a student owned piece of equipment.

Choosing the right drawing board is about as much to do with personal preference as using the right pencils and art markers for your drawing and sketching, it has to do with finding your own way of working that suits you and just adds a great place to do your drawing that you feel comfortable with.

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Drawing Boards Of All Types And Sizes At - Portable ones for drawing on the move!!

Reeves Workstation Drawing Board

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This is a side view of my Workstation from Reeves, see the grooves for the 5 different angles you can set your board to for drawing.The box in which it came. Still happy with this drawing board, super cheap too.
This is a side view of my Workstation from Reeves, see the grooves for the 5 different angles you can set your board to for drawing.
This is a side view of my Workstation from Reeves, see the grooves for the 5 different angles you can set your board to for drawing.
The box in which it came. Still happy with this drawing board, super cheap too.
The box in which it came. Still happy with this drawing board, super cheap too.

Find The Right Drawing Board For You

I myself own several drawing boards, but perhaps the best is my super cheap Reeves workstation drawing board which is A2 size and is very practical for the Artist as you can angle the drawing board in several different angles to suit how you work and together with clips you can clip paper easily to your board and just get to work drawing or painting straight away.

This drawing board has to lay flat on a desk.

Portable drawing boards are worth investing in at some point also as they can be placed on your lap and you can draw while watching TV for example.

What ever you choose it's best to choose something that is right for you. The expensive option may not be the RIGHT option for you, so look around!

Reeves The Art And Craft Workstation

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Good article on the importance of getting the right drawing board…


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