I thought I would take a break from beating you over the head with my painting and have a little change of topic. Let's talk brushes! Other than the topics of figure manufacturers and paint brands nothing elicits as much discussion amongst figure painters as brushes.
I have a confession to make...until recently I was of the mind that cheap disposable brushes were the way to go. I used to go to the local craft super store and buy a dozen brushes at a time....for a dozen dollars...use them for a little while then throw them away and get some more. After awhile this started to get old and my mind turned to getting some decent brushes...after reading a ton of information on various fora about brushes I decided to go to the other end of the spectrum and get the best of the best...Kolinsky Sable brushes from Windsor and Newton. I bought these painting marvels before I delved into my first run at the Lead Painters League. They were expensive...I got three sizes...1, 0, and 00... And with shipping I think I spent about $25us. However they were fantastic and served me well for a full year...and even a second LPL. The points on these brushes were phenomenal...if fact I did almost all my painting with the size 1...and the size 00 is too fine to really use for anything. But after a year of hard use they are blown out...the points have loosened and I can't get them back.
In the meantime I've read a lot more about brushes and am interested to try something different. Based on the testimonials of several different painters I opted to try Rosemary and Co.'s sable/synthetic blend brushes. These seem to offer the best advantages of both bristle materials...and at a price that's hard to beat. I recently received sizes 3, 2, 1, 0, and 00 from Rosemary and Co.....shipped from England for £15...1/3 less than I paid for three Windsor and Newton brushes! (note: if your are in the UK the price is really hard to beat...shipping to the US nearly doubled my cost).
What are your favorite Brushes...and why?
Cheers for now,