What equipment do I need?

Well, I don't use lots of colours, in fact, here's list of tutorials you can do using just three colours (honestly, just three), two brushes and some watercolour paper...

97. THE SPECTATOR

July 2, 2022

97. THE SPECTATOR

July 2, 2022

96. TWO DOGS SWIMMING

June 17, 2022

96. TWO DOGS SWIMMING

June 17, 2022

86. MAN AND SHADOW

January 30, 2022

86. MAN AND SHADOW

January 30, 2022

85. SHOWJUMPER

January 15, 2022

85. SHOWJUMPER

January 15, 2022

56. TWO HORSES GRAZING

December 6, 2020

56. TWO HORSES GRAZING

December 6, 2020

What do i use?

PAINTS:
Tubes from a professional, rather than student range give better results as a general rule but if you're starting out use what you have that are similar to my colours. Mixing can be your friend, but if you want vibrant bright colours I use:

Yellows:
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Quinacridone Gold

Blues:

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean blue

Reds

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Rose

… and in the interests of full disclosure, I occasionally reach for Winsor Green and Winsor Violet, but not very often. I really recommend using a nice ceramic plate or if you feel like treating yourself the Tom Lynch palette is perfect.

Palette & pigments

BRUSHES:

I use only three brushes

  • A 1 inch flat head
  • A Size 16 head round
  • A Size 10 round head..

I use the Robert Wade Neef brushes which are available at APVfilms.com. And thats probalby best in Europe/Internationally.

If you're in the USA you can use 'Robert Simmons' white sable brushes, these are synthetic and are what I recommend to my USA students, the sizes are a bit different so I'd get a 10 and 14 round and a 1 inch flat.

I recommend both of these sets these during my workshops depending which country i'm in (just in terms of delivery).

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PAPER:

If you're a beginner I recommend a good block pad to work from, I use them all the time and it saves the hassle of stretching your'e paper. The Saunders Waterford is a nice starting point and its a lovely paper to create my style.

EASEL:

Just choose a great size that can lay in several adjustable angles to suit your preferred level. This is a very personal choice, so try to find one you're happy with.