An easel is a type of stand or frame that is used by artists to hold their canvas or painting materials at an upright position and at eye level while they work. This allows the artist to see and work on the canvas more easily while sitting or standing in front of it. Easels are available in various sizes and styles, and can be made of wood, metal, or plastic. They are often used by painters, but can also be used by other types of visual artists, such as illustrators or sketch artists.