My unique method used to quickly create realistic fur in a modicum of time is easily mastered, more about but only if the suggested brushes, sales paints, capsule and mediums are used. It is important to recognize that not all brands of brushes, paints, and mediums work well in this technique, so for optimum painting enjoyment, use the supplies I use.
My brushes, paints, and mediums are limited and never change from year to year or design to design. Because they produce such superior results to alternative choices, I urge you to experience them. It will be worth it!
I use only Silver Brush, Ltd. highest quality professional brushes. Of special importance for creating ‘Harris’ fur are the Grand Prix white bristle rounds and the Ruby Satin Filbert grass combs. Both come in a selection of 3 sizes in my brush kits to accommodate all my past, current, and future designs. There are no substitutes available in the US today. Other brushes in the kits are the ones I use to achieve my signature style.
PAINTS & MEDIUMS
While I usually use Professional Permalba oils from Martin/F.Weber, any oil paint performs well. Oils are especially good for painting easy, fast, realistic fur.
Res-n-Gel oil painting medium from Martin/F. Weber is currently the only oil gel medium that is suitable for use in my technique and is compatible with all oils.
Water-soluble oils: wOils may be used with your choice of Res-n-Gel as the gel medium or with acrylic gels. Holbein Duo is also a good water-soluble oil.
I recommend NO other brands currently available.
In acrylics, it is important to select paint with the greatest open time. I use ONLY FolkArt Acrylic Color, Jo Sonja’s Acrylic Gouache, or Hobbyt Acrylic Polymer Emulsion (Holbein, Co.).
All these brands may be used interchangeably with FolkArt Blending Gel Medium, Jo Sonja’s Gel Retarder, Holbein Retarding Medium (for acrylic paint), or Jo Sonja’s Magic Mix. (Magic Mix extends open time slightly less than gel, then dries to a hard film in about 10 minutes.)
CONVERTING YOUR COLORS
Over the years, I have written books, articles, and packets using both oils and acrylics from several manufacturers that I find are best suited to my style and technique. Since my technique does not vary significantly regardless of which of these paints and mediums are used, the conversion information featured here will allow you to effortlessly adapt any design to any brand of paint featured.
Conversions shown in the chart are compatible with my designs, but may not be scientifically accurate equations. When mixing formulas, if proportion numbers are not indicated, variations of hue are acceptable. Gradually add subsequent color(s) to the first color listed until the desired hue is achieved.
I use the color “FAWN” in a majority of my designs. At one time, this signature color was manufactured by FolkArt brand paint, but now Fawn must be mixed when using all brands of acrylic and oil paint.
FolkArt = 4 Medium Yellow + 3?4 Raw Umber + 1 Burnt Sienna.