We are asked this all too often, so it’s time to break it down.
1.) Oil paint drys slower -> Giving the artist more time to create. It could take days or even weeks for oil paint to fully dry. Acrylic will be done in an hour if not sooner.
2.) Oil paints have more pigments in them, allowing for richer and more vivid colors.
3.) Acrylics may darken slightly as they dry, while oil paints do not.
4.) Mixing acrylics is more difficult than mixing oils, simply because the acrylics are already beginning to dry.
5.) Cleaning up your brushes is a piece of cake with oil paint. A little water is all you need. With acrylics, cleaning can be a real pain in the ass. They will dry up on the bristles right away.
If you are a slow painter, then oil paint is the obvious choice. But what about Acrylics? Why do so many people use them instead? There are two main reasons:
1.) Acrylics are cheaper -> If you are on a budget then they are the way to go. You do sacrifice quality though.
2.) Toxicity isn’t as big of a worry with acrylics, since they do dry out so fast. With oil paint you do have to be cautious of pets and animals getting too close.
So the choice is yours. We hope this information was helpful. We prefer oil paint due to the quality and time it provides us with. It worked for Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago, and it still works just as good today.