Re: Your preferred artists/professional brands?
Based on the brands you've mentioned, I think you might be interested in the Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Colors. These are handcrafted in small batches in Brooklyn, NY, and they have a rich pigment load and a really creamy consistency. We've also gotten great feedback on the "Cadmium Free" colors we've just introduced, although we maintain the heavy-metal cadmiums for artists who prefer the traditional colors. We're very proud of the quality and affordability of these colors, and I think you'd be pleased with them too!
- your friends at Blick Art Materials