Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Which brush to choose?, part of Foundations of Acrylic Painting.
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- When choosing brushes…often the biggest stumbling block…is an indecision because there's just…so many different ones that choose from.…I find it's best when you're first starting…just to start with a couple of brushes…and keep it really simple.…This way you'll learn how to handle a brush…and you'll start to find out…which brushes you prefer in your painting.…The three most common shapes that you have in brushes…are a flat brush, a filbert brush and a round brush.…
Here are the three different ones.…You can start to see immediately…the different shapes that are there.…The flat brush is exactly that,…it's flat and it's got a very sharp angle to it.…The filbert brush is just a flat brush…that has been trimmed at the sides…so it's got this nice curve to it.…A round brush is just exactly that,…a round is exactly the same all the way around the brush.…I often favor a filbert brush for a lot of my paintings…because what you can do with it…is you can block in lots of colors,…but you can also paint with it on the side…
In this course, Will Kemp takes you on a journey that will unleash your inner artist, providing an introduction to the materials and techniques used in acrylic painting.
The course follows a progressive sequence, covering beginner and advanced acrylic painting methods, from underpainting and glazing to impasto and textural effects. It also addresses setup and materials, color mixing and pigment choice, brush-handling and palette-knife techniques, as well as gels and mediums.
By the end of the course you'll have a final still-life project you can hang with pride, and a solid foundation of painting knowledge, making the transition into more challenging subjects or mediums much easier.
- Choosing a brush, palette, and canvas
- Altering acrylic paint with water and other mediums
- Blocking in and underpainting
- Adding glazes
- Choosing pigments
- Understanding basic color theory
- Creating texture
- Signing and protecting your work