These are all products I personally use and can recommend. If you purchase through these links I receive a small commission but they are legitimate recommendations based on my experience and having other artists asking me for advice on where to start. Happy shopping!

brushes

I love da Vinci brushes! They are affordable and keep their shape well if you look after them. I have some Im still using after two years and Im very hard on my brushes! 

Gotta have some small brushes in your range!

My secret weapon!! I love these flat wash brushes for large area blending, smudging and pulling paint around. Go nuts!

paint

This is a great starter set from Winsor & Newton. Their Winton range is affordable and will get you started with good quality paint without breaking the bank!

If you're looking for a higher quality paint then I recommend M Graham oil paints. Made with walnut oil they have a high pigment content and will not discolour.

I use liquin with my paint to change the consistency and drying time. With my demanding painting schedule I couldn't be without it!

tools

These are the palette knives I use to get my textured abstract effect in my paintings. They are fun and I enjoy having an assortment to use.

An absolute must for getting the most life out of your brushes. It cleans up even dried on paint although I recommend cleaning up before it gets to that stage!

I prefer to use these tear off sheet palettes, starting fresh most days. Makes clean up super easy.

books

This is a great book to inspire you to paint every day. Even if you don't have a lot of spare time this book will guide you through how to make the most of your time to maximise your skill building.

An awesome resource for learning all you need to know about your materials and how to apply them in the art of portrait painting. A must have in your library of technical help.

Every artist needs a good moleskin sketchbook. Take it everywhere so you never miss an opportunity to sketch your ideas. They become an absolute treasure.