Tools & techniques: the brush basin

Welcome to the first iteration of a regular feature, Tools & techniques. We’ll periodically post about tools and techniques of the cartooning trade here, illustrated with drawings, photos, and video.

Our topic today is a handy studio item that is essential if you ink with a brush: the brush basin. Let Matt take you on a quick video tour:


1 Comment to Tools & techniques: the brush basin

  • by Jessica

    On July 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    It’s come to our attention that the classic brush basin in the video (now probably 15 years old) isn’t manufactured in exactly this configuration anymore. Plaid Industries, the maker of our basins, still makes them, but they don’t appear to have lids now. We also haven’t actually seen one of the new Plaid models in person, so can’t vouch for the structure of the notches, but from the images available, it appears to otherwise be the same. However, the one you’ll find that most closely resembles the basin in the video is by Shiva, and it has brush slots that are too large for small watercolor brushes, and its partitions are very low, allowing you very little water to clean with. Go with Plaid, and let us know how it works out.

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