Kolinsky Brushes


Someone asked about the brushes I use to draw Zits. Here’s a brief answer, previously published in Ask A Cartoonist on the Comics Kingdom website:

This little fella has made my professional life possible. He’s a Kolinsky red sable, a weasel really, who leads a spartan lifestyle in the Siberian wild. Ain’t he a cutie?

imageThe Kolinsky’s tail hairs are uniquely supple and strong, and when expertly fashioned in the talented hands of the women on the lines of the Winsor & Newton factory in England, conspire to form the dreamy Series 7 Number 3 red sable brush. image 2

It’s the brush I’ve used to draw virtually every line in my forty-year career as an editorial and comic strip cartoonist. If you care for it lovingly those critical hairs at the point will last three or four months in peak form before losing a bit of their spring and a couple miles an hour off their fastball and being relegated to a spot in the bullpen.



15 thoughts on “Kolinsky Brushes

  1. So does the Kolinski pull his little tail hairs out and mail them to Windsor and Newton? Or is there something you’re not telling us?

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  4. Thanks for the tour. It is nice to know you are a real person and not a computer. Also, since you are such a “youngster” hopefully this means I will enjoy the antics of Jeremy and company for quite some time to come. I imagine you may live near Cayucos. Hope to see you there some day at the beef feed. Many thanks, Jim McCrea Newport, Oregon

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