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Everything you need to know about the Ohuhu Alcohol markers

The reason why alcohol markers are loved by so many artists is simply because of all what is possible to do with them.

From illustrations to landscapes and even to the ability to draw on fabric, Ohuhu alcohol markers will allow you to work with vibrant colors, build gradients and use many techniques that we will see in more details later on. In conclusion, you will be able to make super smooth and amazing drawings.

  • Brush or Bullet Nib?

Ohuhu alcohol markers always come with two sides. Depending on the models, a bullet and a chisel nib or a brush and a chisel nib.Both versions have the same ink and a similar color palette. The results of the drawings are also pretty close to each other. However, the real differences are regarding their utilisations.

The bullet nib allows you to draw thinner lines, to add details, draw on small areas…

  • Blending 

Like mentioned before, many drawing/coloring techniques can be used with the Ohuhu Markers.

One of them, if not the most important one, the blending.If you want a smooth result, blending your colors is necessary. It really makes all the difference.And since the alcohol markers were specially made to mix together, blending isn’t really that complicated one you get the thing. All you need is a bit of practice.

To get ready, start by building a color palette for your drawing. Something I like to do is always having a piece of paper next to me so I can swatch my markers, do some tests and be sure everything is fine before jumping to my actual drawing. Once everything is in place, start by applying your colors from the darkest to the lightest or from the lightest to the darkest depending on your preferences and the colors you are using. Make sure to go over the last color when applying the new one. Continue like this on multiple layers until you get the wanted result.

With this technique, you’ll also be able to build amazing gradients and give your drawing a smooth texture.You can use the Ohuhu blender as well to stamp and blend your colors. Personally, I love to combine both methods.

  • Shading and Lighting

Adding shades to a drawing is always a good way to make it look more realistic. And even if realism isn’t the wanted result, shading will still add some contrast and some depth to our drawing.

Following a reference picture or real life object is a very good exercise to identify where the light comes from and where the shadows are. On an artwork I love using the Ohuhu blender to lighten some area and finish by adding details with the Ohuhu gel pens.

For the shadows the #CGII00 color does an amazing work.

  • Layering 

You probably have already heard of layering before, but working with layers is extremely important when working with any art supplies, and especially with the alcohol markers.This technique will allow you to use all the previous ones, add details, texture layer by layer.

Once you’re done with your first layer, go over it with your markers, darken the areas that you want more saturated, adjust your blending and add some precisions to the drawing.

You can color your artwork only by using your Ohuhu markers or use these as a base for colored pencils and fineliners.Something really amazing is how we can have multiple shades with only one color, the more you layer, the darker it gets.

  • Mixing The Techniques

You may have already noticed, but all the different techniques are pretty related to each other and the best way to use your marker is to combine all of them. Work by layers, make sure everything is nicely blended and finish by shading your artwork and adding details with a white gel pen and why not some colored pencils. These are just some pieces of advice, at then end, making art doesn’t have specific rules to follow, just do what you feel like doing.

The most important is to have fun!

  • Taking Care of The Markers

Using alcohol markers is amazing, but taking care of them is key. (Especially if  you want to continue using them.)

Here’s a few things you should know:

– Store your markers horizontally to avoid the ink settling at one tip and make the other dry out.

– Keep the markers in a dry space, away from the heat.

– If you feel like the nib of your brush marker is starting to deteriorate, remove it and turn it around. The nibs of the Ohuhu alcohol markers are double sided which is amazing!

– Avoid using the markers on super grainy thick paper that could absorb a lot of ink and damage the nib.

– Smooth papers are always the best option.

This is all for todays post! As always, we hope that you appreciated this blog article and that you learned something new. Never forget that practice makes perfect!

Have a wonderful day.

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  1. Wasn’t sure about what paper I would use. Thanks for the tips!

  2. These markers look SOOOO amazing!

  3. I can not WAIT to try them!!!

  4. I have the 200 set but now dream of having a brush set as well as a bullet set.?

  5. A friend helped me out.? By letting me borrow some of her pens to test, try and learn.? Im loving them Just curious as to the difference between the Honolulu and cosmic set vs the regular brands posted on Amazon.? The numbering are different Im loving the alcohol over waterbased.? Help please ready to order my own set

  6. I’ve always struggled with blending, thank you for sharing this

  7. These color choices are amazing?

  8. i think more pastel colors would really help with layering which is nice because i think they are coming out with some soon

  9. Definitely worth it! I love these!

  10. Great tips. I’m still learning how to blend, so this has been a great help.?

  11. Awesome tips, im always up for learning new ways of doing things. Thank you!

  12. Great tips. I love the crystal drawings.

  13. great tips hmm. looks like this will help me in my doodles

  14. Hopefully I will blend better now

  15. The crystal drawings ??

  16. Oooo such great tips!! I really want some Ohuhu markers to work on my blending…they gotta work better than my watercolor markers ??

  17. Amazing tips!!! I just purchased the pastel set and skin tone set. They are amazing!! Waiting for my last order to arrive which include the 72 set and the sketch pad. Can¡¯t wait to apply these tips!!!!

  18. Ooh I want to try the gem tutorial!

  19. If I buy the 48 color set then the 120 color set will some colors repeat?

  20. woooahhhhh those are some nice drawings~~~~~~~~

  21. Literally as good as Copics and the price is amazing. I love this brand.

  22. I wonder if Ohuhu will come up with single replacement markers for all of the colors.

  23. These blending tips can be a real help to drawings, Thank you for the post on about Ohuhu Markers and Tips.??

  24. Realmente muyyy interesante.

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    Natalie D¨¹ker-Moorkens says:

    Amazing ??? Thanks for this?

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    Natalie D¨¹ker-Moorkens says:

    I got my 120-set and i am waiting for my Pastels. Ik enjoy these Markers so so much. Thank you for your video and the explaining. Take Care.

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    Natalie D¨¹ker-Moorkens says:

    Hello Ohuhu,

    Ik was wondering if you will have Brush nibs to buy for replacement???

    Take Care and thank you for your fantastic art-supplies.??????

  28. I ordered the 120 set with brush nibs…. hopefully they we be sent soon…

  29. thank you so much for this tutorial.

  30. Neat and good to know about the markers!

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    Daijah Jewell-Taylor says:

    I currently have water based brush markers. But how would I get those to be clean, neat, and not streaky?

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    Daijah Jewell-Taylor says:

    And what is a good set of school markers to start with?