I recently realised that I haven’t formally shared here on my blog the two seats I use when I’m urban sketching. So here at the two that I currently use.
The best stool I’ve used to date is the Walkstool Comfort 45cm/18in which is compact and relatively lightweight (640g). It has a good size seat which is comfortable. (Note: I showed a number of different stools to my physio and this was her favourite. She was not a fan of any that were closer to the ground.) The Walkstool is expensive but it’s worth it IMHO.
I rarely carry a stool these days as it is extra weight and I’m always trying to reduce my load. Instead I prefer to sit on the ground on my Backjoy. This is designed to improve posture in an office chair, but is great for sitting on hard ground as it relieves pressure points and enables me to rock quietly while I’m sitting. Most of all it is lightweight (435g) so I don’t mind carrying it around all day.
I prefer sitting on the ground as it means I don’t need to balance everything on my lap – instead I spread out my art supplies around me. But yes! it’s not always the best view (a long way below a normal standing viewpoint) and it is hard to get up at times. I know that sitting on the ground is not for everyone but it works for me and some of my friends too!
Note: Normally I try to have my bag on my lap and rest my book on that as it improves my posture.. but I didn’t seem to be doing that in any of these photos.
For more details: I explain my urban sketching kit and everything I carry in two videos which are part of the few intro lessons for SketchingNow Watercolour On Location – you can sign up for these free lessons here.
To make this blogpost really useful for others who read it in the future…
Please share the stool/seat you use in the comment section below. I know that many of you use different stools so I’d love to know why!
Thank you so much in advance!
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