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…
On the other hand, the brush nibs are more flexible, you can easily fill up big areas and use the end of the nib for more precision.
I also find that the brush nibs are easier to blend. But everyone has their own preferences as for their art style.If you have the opportunity to do so, I would definitely recommend you to try both versions, then choose the one that suits you the most.
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.
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.