Greetings, my friends! In this blog post, you will discover a list of the essential brushes for the 3-day Pet or Portraits in Oils seminar, or for my ONLINE Portrait/Pet Portrait Courses. While it's not compulsory to acquire these exact brushes, I suggest that you find equivalents or use similar ones that you may already possess. Investing in quality brushes will yield a superior portrait or pet portrait, and it's worth taking the time to review the brushes I recommend and ensure you have similar quality ones. The most important brushes for my techniques are the smoosher brushes because I use these exclusively during the underpainting stages for a soft blended underpainting - both for oil pet/portraits and acrylic pet/portraits, and I highly recommend a selection of good quality short flats either from the Evergreen range or the Eclipse Range.
Ivory Dagger The Ivory Range is 100% Synthetic, Vegan Friendly. A cross between the feel of nylon and hog bristle. The dagger shape is for when a tighter mark is required, and it is very controllable. Superb for hair and whiskers due to the control.
Maz Says: I recommend 1/8" & 1/4" smaller sizes
Evergreen Short Flats
These short flat brushes are essential for achieving precision and creating stunning pet portraits or portraits in oils. The Evergreen short flat brush allows for sharper and more defined edges compared to the Evergreen long flat brush. These brushes are made of soft synthetic bristles that create delicate marks, making them ideal for painting intricate details on portraits or fur.
Maz Says: For the 3-day seminar, I recommend using four sizes - 0, 2, 4 & 8, to cover a wide range of painting needs. Personal preference determines whether you opt for a long or short handle.
Eclipse Short Flats The Eclipse Range is 100% Synthetic, Vegan Friendly. They are great for Oils, Gouache, Acrylics and Watermixable Oils. The Eclipse is a synthetic mongoose which is stiffer than sable, yet softer than bristle. An alternative to the evergreen shot flats
Maz Says: I recommend sizes 0,2,4 & 8 to cover a wide range of painting needs
Series 301 Pointed Round
Commonly called 'Nylon', the Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. These pointed detail brushes will add the flesh tones or fur, the sparkle in the eye and those delicate smaller touches.
Maz Says: I recommend 3 sizes for the course a size 0 for tiny details, and a size 4 & 6 to cover all other painting needs. Personal preference determines whether you opt for a long or short handle.
Ever Green Riggers
Check out the fantastic Evergreen riggers that can hold a large amount of paint and distribute it evenly for the finest of lines with precision. These brushes have a fantastic 'snap' to provide you with ultimate control while painting. They're perfect for capturing fine hairs on portraits or pet whiskers.
Maz Says: I recommend two sizes for the course: size 0 and size 2 to cover all your needs. If you want to go the extra mile, size 4 is a great option for flattening to a chiselled edge and creating some amazing hair strokes
These brushes are a must-have for the pet or portrait course. We will use them extensively during the underpainting stages to create soft blended underpaintings. Throughout the course, we will also use them to blend and soften, creating delicate skin tones or soft fur.
Maz Says: I use the two smaller sizes the most often but the full set is also great value.
Perfect for adding the final touches to your portrait or pet portrait or smoothing out the underpainting, you won't want to miss out on these fabulous mops. The full range offers great value but for the course,
Maz Says: I highly recommend the 3/8" size for smoothing small areas on the face, and the 3/4" size for creating soft, blended backgrounds. These mops are essential for achieving a polished, professional look in your artwork.
Comber Series 2230
Commonly called 'Nylon', Golden Synthetic has some unique characteristics in that its retention, snap and spring are all superb. They are 100% vegan-friendly. The Series 2230's quirky head shape allows a much more open, separated stroke and is much stronger in construction than the Series 2250 or Series 2240 as those ranges may clog up in Oils and Acrylic paints.
Maz Says: I love these combers the shape is perfect for hair and fur textures as well as creating grasses for landscapes. The 3 sizes I recommended the most are 1/4" small, 3/8" medium & 1/2" large which should easily cover most of your needs.
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