Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Copics are the Mac Daddy, professional illustrators' choice when it comes to alcohol markers. But, at $8+ per marker, I have a hard time recommending them to my students - especially if they're just dabbling with alcohol markers to see if they even like them!
It's taken me YEARS to collect a full set of Copics, and for just as long, I've been on the hunt for the best Copic alternative to recommend to my students at Awesome Art School. Since my thing is drawing and shading faces, I'm ESPECIALLY on the lookout for the best skin tone marker sets! Let's check out my latest alcohol marker set by Chotune to see how they stack up against the competition.
What I'm after in an alcohol marker is a brush nib. The brush nib on a Copic marker is flexible, and the strokes on my paper feel very painterly to me, which I love! I also love copics because they're refillable.
At the time this video was filmed, Copics were the ONLY refillable alcohol marker I knew of. Recently, I've discovered Amazon is selling Ohuhu refills. I haven't tried them myself yet, but can't wait to try them!
I love this feature because if you run out of ink in your favorite shade, it's SO much cheaper to order a refill for ONE color instead of ordering an entire SET of new markers to replace the ONE shade you're in love with!
Ohuhu alcohol markers also have a brush nib, but I feel like they're a lot stiffer than my Copics. I loved my Ohuhu set of 36 skin tone markers for shading faces (along with my Copics). In fact, I used this Ohuhu set exclusively to write my book Skin Tone Secrets on Amazon.
ArtBeek is another alcohol marker I've demo'd quite a bit here on YouTube as well. They are SUPER juicy, and the brush nib is WAY more flexible than the brush nib on my Ohuhus. Even better is the cost point. At just 50 cents per marker- they're basically a steal. Since holiday season is just around the corner, you might as well take a look at this ArtBeek set of 262 markers as well :) It comes with a whopping 98 skin tone markers!!! INSANE, right?!
If we compare my new Chotune alcohol markers to the ones shown above, surprisingly, they feel the MOST like Copics in terms of the brush nib! And at just 80 cents/marker (vs. Copics price point of $8+ per marker), Chotunes might just be a steal and totally worth considering for your own art supply stash at home.
Unfortunately, this set of Chotunes skin tone markers is not available on Amazon U.S., at the moment. I did Google them and found you could order them from Amazon Belgium, EBay, and a couple of other random sites :)
Let's see how they work on paper!
Just as I do with ANY new art supply before I dive into a project - I swatch every single color to see how each marker looks on paper.
Why do I swatch? SOOOOOO may reasons! Let's just say I've learned the hard way how much of a GIFT swatching is to your future self :) One of the main reasons to swatch is marker cap colors often DON'T look anything like the color actually hiding inside the marker.
Once all my new Chotunes were swatched, I noticed there are way more light skin tone markers than mid-tones and darks. If you tend to shade medium to darker-skinned faces, this may not be the set for you.
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