What brushes should you choose for oil painting?
"I use all sorts of things to work with: old brooms, old sweaters, and all kinds of peculiar tools and materials... I paint to excite myself, and make something for myself." Francis Bacon
There are two main types of hair used to create oil brushes, hog and sable. Hog hair provides a strong and flexible brush, whereas the sable is more suited to finer detail. There is another type, synthetic, a cheaper substitute but it should never the less be considered of a good standard.