Hello Everyone! Two brands that I haven't seen pop up much are Holbein and M. Graham and Co. I use Winsor and Newton alongside these too. All of these are excellent paints, but I use them for different purposes based on their characteristics. I don't want to sound biased, so I will list the colors (because each color is different.)
WN: Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Yellow Deep, Prussian Blue
H: Primary Magenta, Primary Yellow, Primary Cyan
M. G: Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Yellow, Pthalo Blue, Pyrrol Red, Azo Yellow, and Ultramarine Blue
WN was my first professional gouache, and the colors were very lovely; but I was upset considering the paints would just crack and fall out of my palette. I ended up using only a small percent of it, and I managed to keep them in my palette by mixing a tad bit of honey with my paints. I like using these as a watercolor. I don't want what I have left to go quickly. I would most definitely recommend these, but if you're like me, add a bit of honey before leaving them in a palette yo dry and rewet.
H: This is a nice, vibrant brand of paint, and it's really hard to grey or dull a color, which may be difficult if you want to achieve that. It's really nice for mixing, however it's not as opaque as I'd like it to be. I use this for under painting. This cracked in the palette, but not to the point where it may fall out.
M. G: This gouache is a perfect paint for me. It dries on paper lovely, rewets nicely, and doesn't crack and fall out of my palette, which allows me to use as much as I can out of it.
Here are some works I'v made. Thanks for reading!
I dont usually use it for realism (i guess), I prefer it for illustrations.