1. Get the brushes and the paint palette as close as possible to the painting.
2. Get the painting as close as possible to the line of sight.
3. Make the height and slopes of both surfaces fully adjustable without having to mess with tricky knobs or screws.
4. Free up my left hand so that it's not always holding brushes, towels, or other gear.
5. Accommodate a diffuser and other accessories.
6. It should work on uneven ground and should stand up to any amount of wind.
7. It should be buildable out of inexpensive materials using ordinary workshop tools.
Many of the innovations of my system have developed from the contributions of you, the amazing blog community. I'm trying to keep this design open-source and collaborative so that we can share ideas and mutually benefit.
My plan is to do some blog posts and free YouTube videos in a month or so about our homemade easel rigs. I'll share my latest round of innovations, and invite you to share yours.
So if you've been working on your own system, please finish your build, test it out, and get photos or videos. For those who would like really in-depth build tips, I'll release a longer Gumroad video download about how to build one of these lightweight, sturdy easel rigs.
There will be contest, discussion, and prizes! More to come.
Previously: Lightweight Sketch Easel