I use my meager collection of Copic Sketch and Ciao markers for my more serious drawing and illustrations but have found myself using them A LOT in my amazing coloring book collection when I just need to chill. This is not a cost effective thing to do at $5-$8 a pop! So, I decided I should try to find some much less expensive markers that might still give me the same satisfaction as the Copics do with their magical ink blending and saturation on the paper. I'm really glad I gave these Ohuhu markers a try!
The Ohuhu inks are nice and sheer for layering and building form with light and shadows. You can keep the colors sheer by moving the brush nib slowly enough that one pass or layer covers the area without streaking or splotching. I find that the third layer of ink is about as dark/saturated as it will get for many of the colors, especially those that start out more saturated to begin with, but that is more of a progression than I've gotten with another inexpensive brand I tried out. To me, that ink layering/buildability and the brush nib quality are the most pivotal details of an alcohol marker. That being said, let's look at the brush nib.
In my opinion, the brush nib is the ultimate vehicle for the magical liquid known as alcohol ink. The more repeatable (over and over) flexibility you can build into that brush while maintaing a perfect point for tiny details, the more creative you the artist can be and the more happy and in control you will be. The brush should allow you to lay down wide wet swaths of ink on half a page and still turn right around and put a teensy pink dot on a mouse's tiny twitching cartoon nose if you want to. This keeps you free to put the exact amount of ink exactly where you want it and never where you don't. Now, the brush nibs on the Ohuhu are pretty stiff when compared to Copics and a couple other higher dollar brands, which is a bit disappointing for sure, but is not at all unexpected at this excellent price point. I am curious to see how long I can keep them from fraying. I am pretty careful with "my precious" markers and my Copics and even my Prismacolors have NEVER frayed even after I illustrated an entire 32 page book with full-bleed spreads. These Ohuhu nibs seem like they are felt without the flexible core or thin foamlike overlay that Copics and Prismacolors have. I have found this same Copic feel/type of construction on the Art-n-Fly marker nibs, which is amazing, but they don't have the same barrel feel, variety of colors available, or number of pen caps that actually color match the 1-layer ink swatches that these Ohuhus do. I'm very pleased with the inks, color variety, and various tones in this Skin Tone set. For the money they seem like great quality for hobby coloring. I will be trying these out on some drawings as well. Using them on ultra-smooth marker paper will extend the nib life for sure, as will the bonus of the nibs being reversible. This is excellent engineering foresight for a company that wants to keep costs down while keeping the quality as high as possible.
I am overall very happy I listened to the hype on YouTube and in Amazon reviews about this Ohuhu brand. I look forward to seeing the longevity of their brush nibs as well as seeing where the company chooses to take us with its future creative-centric products. It's refreshing and exciting to find a company with an eye on it's bottom line that aims to match that up with my bottom dollar and creative needs. I can't wait to snap up their pastel set when it's available again.
Thanks Ohuhu, and Cheers to you, fellow inkers!