Jackson’s Procryl Brushes are designed for skilled oil and acrylic painters. Made with acrylic fibres and an extended matte black deal with, they’re reasonably springy and absorbent. On this assessment, painter Chris Longridge exams the Lengthy Flat Sequence of Jackson’s Procryl Brushes, and shares his ideas.
Overview of Jackson’s Procryl Brushes – Lengthy Flat Sequence
by Chris Longridge
There are three important parts in any painter’s toolkit – pigment, help and brushes – and the final would possibly simply be an important. Simply as engineers demand precision from their instruments, painters must be no much less demanding of theirs.
This implies we’re in Goldilocks territory: some brushes are too wonderful, some are too stiff, some are too unfastened – only a few are excellent. However to return again to our engineering analogy, the problem isn’t all the time unhealthy instruments a lot as choosing the right one for the job. Lucian Freud famously switched from sable to hog-hair brushes within the Nineteen Fifties; the distinction in type is self-evident, and solely achieved by mastery of a brand new software. (It in all probability helped that Freud was actually, actually good too.)
I paint largely in oils, generally acrylics, and for causes I’ve by no means understood, I’m very sparing with the paint – it all the time goes on dry and flat, irrespective of how a lot I take pleasure in impasto in different individuals’s work. Hog hair, then, is simply too clumsy for me, sable too weedy. Each are crucial of their proper place, however for nearly my entire life I’ve used artificial brushes. Which brings me to Jackson’s Procryl Brushes.
Designed with acrylic painters in thoughts, artificial brushes at their greatest mix the bounce and resilience of (usually long-handled) stiff brushes with the graceful draw of a sable. I favour flat-ended for the precision they provide – I like a tough line – and for the variability inherent of their mark-making.
Jackson’s Procryl Brushes – Lengthy Flat Sequence had been new to me, and shocked me with their versatility. Lengthy deal with: verify. I can solely love a short-handled brush for super-fine work. And talking of the deal with, the end was clean and satiny. This was attention-grabbing, because it steered a firmer grip, however really I can’t say it made a noticeable distinction in the long run.
The diameter of the deal with was applicable to the width of the ferrule, which meant the brushes had been appropriate each for broad strokes and precision work – neither too fiddly nor too chunky within the hand. The fibres had been softer than I’m used to (I often use Professional Arte Sterling Acrylix), which inspired me to work thinner than normal, however the bristles weren’t too wonderful to face as much as a little bit of tough remedy. I didn’t have to choose up any unfastened hairs from the portray floor, anyway.
They held the pigment fantastically, although being finer that they had a bent to tangle barely and lose type when working with stodgier pigment. The darkness of the hairs meant additionally that I wasn’t all the time assured of the color that I used to be about to use in comparison with a white-bristle brush. However as I mentioned earlier than: it’s a query of the best software for the job. When you don’t need to splash out on a fifty-part menagerie of unique brushes, then they’re an honest compromise for a slimmed-down equipment – good for making use of a wash in addition to dabbing a deliberate brushstroke, and really fairly priced.
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About Chris Longridge
Chris Longridge is an artist primarily based in Kent. He works primarily in oils and explores the constraints and alternatives afforded by paint in a post-digital surroundings, notably concerning portraiture and the determine.
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