I began doing art at a very young age like most artists. Crayons, pencils, spray paint, computers, and finally brushes and canvas was the journey I took with the various mediums. My first venture in painting was with spray paint and I feel like it helped shape my concepts and color theory as well as composition. When transitioning to acrylics and attempting to learn how to use a brush as opposed to aerosol, I was immediately hooked.
My process has remained pretty much the same over the years when approaching a canvas or panel to paint. I generally have a rough yet complete drawing that needs to be transferred to the primed surface. These drawings are usually compossited together from various thumbnail and quick sketches that I have been doing in my notebooks throughout the years. I later refine the ones I like. I generally blow up my drawing, print it out and tile it to the surface than with the aid of transfer paper, begin the transfer. I occasionally will just draw the image straight on with pencil or brush, depending on the content of the painting. Once the image is fixed to the surface, I add additional content and refine the drawing, and then begin with laying in background first, and move my way forward to create any dimension.
I have tried many different brands of paint and so many different brands of brushes that I have lost count. It is frustrating finding the right brush, but I feel that I have finally hit gold. I do a lot of fine detail work and my Trekell golden taklon #5/0 scripts are perfect. The various sized rounds and filberts make up the rest of my arsenal, but these liners I can’t live without. They hold just the right amount of paint to pull a ling line and maintain their spring o get in on the tightest detail areas.
The brushes I use are as important as the paints, and if they are not working harmoniously, I am a frustrated mess, so I am very pleased to have found a tool which I am comfortable and confident with in my Trekell brushes.