There are a lot of different elements to think about as a colourist: the kind of mediums to use, storing all those precious art supplies, the different books, the types of paper, the tips and tricks we can use to further our colouring skills... but there's one thing that doesn't get focused on much- something that is actually really important- and that is our comfort when colouring. A lot of us have huge desks like an artist's treasure trove that holds all our mounting supplies, but if you're anything like me you’ll find those desks are really uncomfortable to sit at for long periods of time when you have that page that just *needs* to be finished before you go to bed/do the housework/feed the kids (joke)... It can take hours, days, even weeks to perfect your piece of art, and I really don't want to spend all that time hunched over. Don't get me wrong, I love my big desk. I do all my reviews and videos there. It looks really impressive and everyone comments on it. All my actual *colouring* however is done on the place I find most cosy and relaxed... the sofa. Preferably with a good boxset on the TV and a few snacks to graze on.
The thing is, if I'm sat on the settee I don't have anything to lean on and have to rely on heavy hardbacks from the bookshelf to act as a portable desk. It's funny; I've been colouring daily for over 4 years now, spent countless pounds on everything you can think of to do with colouring, yet I haven't invested in the one thing that I really, really need: a proper lap desk. I just keep dragging that big old book over to the sofa and getting annoyed when my colouring book slips on the glossy surface, or I colour right off the edge by accident because my colouring-book is bigger than my desk-book!
I made my mind up this week to put the cumbersome book (about Elvis Presley if you're curious) back on the shelf and scour the 'net for something that might not look as wondrous as the sleek studio desk I review from, but something that is going to be a big help to me on a daily basis. No bells and whistles, just functional. Even though I'm looking for something basic I still have a few stipulations that need to be met to make it perfect for me, and that's where you come in. After scrolling through pages & pages of desks I stumbled across three on Lionshome that I really want but can't decide between, so I need your help!
The first is a very basic looking lapdesk which is minimalist and small in size- so it's easy to carry around with me. It has a padded bit underneath which gives comfort for long periods of time, and a wipe clean surface for when my paints or Stickles get a bit out of hand. The thing I love the most though is the dedicated slot at the top for you to insert your iPad/tablet. This means I can follow tutorials and Colour Alongs without either having to sit at the big desk or balance my tablet precariously on the arm of the sofa. My tablet will fit perfectly in the recess without falling over when I'm at that crucial stage of a tutorial (or with my earphones in watching Netflix when someone else is using the main TV).
The second has something super important on those evenings when the sun is setting and everything gets a bit dim in the living room... a built-in LED light! It has a flexible gooseneck that I can position over the exact place I'm colouring, and the table has a recess for a cup of water if I'm painting! There's also a little slot to temporarily store pencils in whilst I'm colouring with a small selection of colours from my main pencil case. Like the previous one this desk is wipe clean, portable, and has that bean-bag type thing underneath to rest nicely on my lap.
Option 3 is dual functioning and can also be used in the second most popular place I do my colouring: bed. This desk is on legs so it goes over your lap without leaning on it- good if you're a bit of a fidgeter like me. It has a stopper which allows you to prop up your colouring book so it doesn't slide anywhere, and a little storage drawer which would be handy when I'm working on a certain piece over many days and I want to keep the exact mediums I'm using handy. It's also adjustable to tilt at different angles so I can set it to the exact slant most comfortable for me.
Can you see why I'm having difficulty?! The first two lap desks come in cheapest at £11 and £15 respectively so they're really affordable. The last desk has more versatility but is double the price... Please comment 1, 2 or 3 below to let me know which one you think I should choose. I'll leave it a while to get some replies and I'll buy whichever has the most votes! I am the least decisive person ever so your opinion will be a BIG help. I know it's only a desk at the end of the day, but I always umm and ahh before ordering ANYTHING so I need a push in the right direction!
I'd also love to see your desks, or if you colour anywhere else not at your desk, how you set it up. Send me some pictures on Facebook/Twitter/Insta and I'll check them out!