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Your brushes pt. 2: Flat or Round - which do you use most often? What shapes of brushes do you use and for what? Let's discuss! 

147 deviants said Round
25 deviants said Flat
25 deviants said Oval/ Cat's Tongue
6 deviants said Other shapes

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dutch0927 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I was told to use the largest brush that I can use to keep the painting loose.  However, I try to paint with whatever brush I can control the most with any details.  I've begun using an angled 1/2" or 1" flat brush for a lot of washes.  It is very versatile.  I use a lot of rigger brushes for trees and foliage.
brianmeyer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm a watercolorist working from mostly pans, ergo smaller rounds fit into them better.

Round #6 and #8 kolinsky ( escoda reserva )
Round #8 and #12 Escoda Perla
Round #8 Escoda Versatil

Quill #4 Princeton Neptune, and a 1/2" Dagger ( which are also variations on a round )

#8 Versatil rigger for longer lines ( basically a very long round )

I also use flats - the versatil flat wash 1/2" and 3/4", and a neptune 1" and 2" mottler which mostly moves water around. Only the smallest fits into a full pan.
Artlune Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
I usually use very small round brushes. For the background, I usually use a large flat one.     Peace! (Maybe it's not too late!)
Sacha-Nievsky Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all kinds of round brushes. I find they are very convenient for both large surfaces and details as they can be pointy and sharp but also very soft. However, if I were to work on much larger pieces, I think large, flat brushes might be better to apply colour evenly.
GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
For my "medium" sized brushes (6mm approx diameter) I use round (this one I use most), and another smaller I use round. But I have a flat brush around 1cm in diameter and a larger flat one about 2ishcm. I like using this larger one for washes.
RiEile Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
I love flat angular brushes, so that I can vary line width more percisely. Moreover I like the energy of geometric strokes, and it is extremely difficult to achieve with a round brush. Round brushes are easier to ruin, harder to clean, so I vote for flat.
roxya1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use mostly round for watercolors.
Nashimus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Round and soft for watercolors. My brushes are really old and I don't know the manufacturer since all the info has peeled off from the handle. But they're good brushes! XD
SurfTiki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You can try to do some research on the body of the brush, Example, black body with a orange tip might make it a Raphael? Might work, but if its to old it might not be easy to find. I know when you get a good brush its hard to find them again unless you bought a ton then.
phantsythat Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For the better part of several decades I painted everything with a #3 Windsor Newton Series 7 brush. I have many more brushes now in different sizes and shapes but I've never been more actively creative than I was then.

ps: It wasn't just one brush all that time - there were several :)
SurfTiki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, the Gold standard of the Series 7, i love the ones i have, best brushes, recently tho they have taken a down turn.
Also for a cheaper model that might be floating around still at a shop is the Cirrus series by Winsor and Newton. Also Raphael brushes are still great.
phantsythat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know there was some problem with importing sable brushes to
the US for a while. Hopefully, that's all done with now. Series 7s
hold a lot of paint and keep a perfect point, don't you think?
SurfTiki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah thier was/is a embargo on the Russian sable, and Winsor and Newton dropped thier quality right before that.
I do hope it comes back to being good agian as i like my older ones, plus they do as you said hold the right amount of water and pigment.
Just thier to expensive for me to justify the inking with them but doing watercolors im behind on them.
Cyan707 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
And my favorite brushes for watercolor is round kolinsky :) (Smile) 
Little-Shinikami Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I first used watercolors I only used flat brushes. Now that I've picked it back up again, I use mostly round. I do have a couple flats that I still use frequently and I use a couple liners too. I would really like to get a hake brush and try that out as well.
bibyechan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I do watercolors usually and all three see a lot of use - oval/filbert and round more so than flats, honestly.
designer356 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
I use both. :33
Also, I don't use any water, I only use holy water when I paint. :33
auraboo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015   Traditional Artist
I mostly paint with round brushes since they're excellent for more detailed work and colouring linearts, but I love flat brushes for backgrounds. Both see equally much use in my home studio. :)
aghabiyasa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
same here, i use 0.1 brush for coloring lineart, and a bigger one for the base color, flat brush are useful for coloring background.
kailavmp Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
For watercolours I use mostly rounds, but their softness/hardness varies- some are quite sturdy acrylic brushes!
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Round and soft, because I use watercolour paint.
If I use hard it'll flick the paint everywhere
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015   General Artist
My brushes are basically explained here:
brushies by Ithilloth

I switched to round brushes after a few years of using mostly flat ones, though for details I always used tiny round brushes. Never used oval/ cat tongue though, neither fan shaped.
With moving to bigger formats I'm planning to buy a wide wash brush, as my biggest one doesn't seem enough anymore :giggle:
SurfTiki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I use a Winsor and Newton Squirrel mop for area cover, as well as a Large Black magic flat mop.
They are floppy holding alot of water and good amount of pigment/paint. They they dont hold thier shape if worked to much and well need tobe rinsed and reshaped..
Nice photo of your brushes.
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