Jackson’s Procryl Brushes are designed for skilled oil and acrylic painters. Made with acrylic fibres and a protracted matte black deal with, they’re reasonably springy and absorbent. On this overview, painter Chris Longridge exams the Lengthy Flat Collection of Jackson’s Procryl Brushes, and shares his ideas.
Evaluate of Jackson’s Procryl Brushes – Lengthy Flat Collection
by Chris Longridge
There are three important elements in any painter’s toolkit – pigment, assist and brushes – and the final would possibly simply be a very powerful. Simply as engineers demand precision from their instruments, painters needs to be no much less demanding of theirs.
This implies we’re in Goldilocks territory: some brushes are too high-quality, some are too stiff, some are too unfastened – only a few are good. However to come back again to our engineering analogy, the problem isn’t at all times dangerous instruments a lot as selecting the correct one for the job. Lucian Freud famously switched from sable to hog-hair brushes within the Fifties; the distinction in fashion is self-evident, and solely achieved by mastery of a brand new instrument. (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 at all times goes on dry and flat, irrespective of how a lot I take pleasure in impasto in different folks’s work. Hog hair, then, is simply too clumsy for me, sable too weedy. Each are obligatory 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 (sometimes 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 Collection had been new to me, and stunned 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 easy and satiny. This was fascinating, because it steered a firmer grip, however truly I can’t say it made a noticeable distinction ultimately.
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 typical, however the bristles weren’t too high-quality 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 superbly, 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 at all times 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 appropriate instrument for the job. In the event you don’t wish to splash out on a fifty-part menagerie of unique brushes, then they’re an honest compromise for a slimmed-down package – good for making use of a wash in addition to dabbing a deliberate brushstroke, and really moderately 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 setting, notably concerning portraiture and the determine.
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