Updated November 16, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Backpacks For Artists

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Any artist knows that the tools of their trade are among their most valuable possessions. Make sure you protect both your gear and your work by transporting them in one of these specially designed backpacks. Many can hold drawing pads and canvases up to 24 inches long in addition to a litany of brushes, pens, and more. We've ranked them here by their durability, storage capacity, and style. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best backpack for artists on Amazon.

10. Transon Waterproof Portfolio

9. US Art Supply Black Nylon Portfolio Bag

8. Sienna Plein Air Ultimate

7. Tanchen Multifunctional Shoulder Portfolio

6. Betwoo Art Portfolio Case

5. En Plein Air Pro 60L

4. Heritage Arts PACK-C Traveler

3. Zuca Utility

2. Fanchuang Art Supply Portfolio

1. Walfront 4K Canvas Bag

Editor's Notes

November 15, 2018:

There aren't a lot of recognizable, reputable companies making significant contributions to this category, but brands like Zuca and Heritage Arts have some nice options if consumers are looking to avoid essentially brandless Chinese manufacturing. Some of those off-brand offerings are actually pretty nice, though.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 16, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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