Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
I've been recommending Ohuhu markers for YEARS, so when Ohuhu called and asked if they could send me a pastel set of dual-tip alcohol markers, I was thrilled! I can't wait to show you how gorgeous these are in today's face drawing & shading tutorial.
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I swatched all of my Ohuhu pastel markers on the swatch sheets that can be found at the back of my Skin Tone Secrets book on Amazon.
If you don't have a copy of the book yet, but have an art supply you'd like to swatch, you can also download my FREE Fun, Fab Swatch Sheet to get started.
Simply click on the button above, and I'll email it right over! If you've never done color swatching before, here's a video on how to use this exact swatch sheet if you need a little extra help.
If you're new to my world, I absolutely LOVE alcohol markers for shading faces. I've been collecting them over the years in all different brands to find out which ones provide the highest quality and best value for my students.
Tons of my students are retired and just can't spend $10/marker for Copics, so I I've been on the hunt for a great Copic marker alternative for years.
When I discovered Ohuhu's skin tone markers set, it was love at first sight. I couldn't believe how many colors I could get in ONE SET. Even better, when I tried them out for the first time- the quality was gorgeous. I've had ZERO guilt recommending them to my students and adding them to my alcohol marker collection ever since.
Since most of my alcohol marker art projects are faces, I've spent a LOT of time figuring out which alcohol marker shades blend well together to create gorgeous skin tones in all ethnicities.
Check out my YouTube series of face drawing tutorials, Whimsical Women of the World, or my latest book, Skin Tone Secrets (watch the page-by-page flip through here) for alcohol marker face shading tips and fail-proof color combos I love for shading skin tones.
This book actually revolves around my Ohhu 36 skin tone markers set. Each face I drew for my book was colored in a combo of three skin tone markers in a light, medium and dark shade. The color combos are noted throughout the book so you draw and shade simple faces right along with me as you read.
Skin Tone Secrets is great for artists of all levels who love drawing and want to learn how to shade faces using alcohol markers. Sometimes it's tough for artists who love working with pencil to jump into another medium like markers, or even to jump into color vs. black and white drawing. The book is PERFECT to help graphite artists make the leap with confidence into the world of color.
Last week I started a new YouTube series for my drawing channel of face drawing and shading tutorials using face charts as my face drawing references.
I found the face chart below on Pinterest and thought it was the perfect inspiration for today's drawing tutorial featuring my new pastel Ohuhu alcohol markers.
If you've been following me for a while, you already know I tend to reach for the boldest of colors, no matter the art supply. Doing an entire project in pastels definitely felt like a challenge for me, but I ended up loving it!
Like all my face drawings, I started this one off using my face drawing guidelines to keep the facial features proportionate. If you've never used guidelines for your face drawings before, download my free Semi-Realistic / Whimsical Face Drawing Guidelines (learn how to use them in this playlist of tutorials). They make SUCH a difference!
I drew both of the faces above, but if you compare them side by side, it's pretty obvious which one looks more amateur. I didn't use guidelines for the face on the right. Her eyes are too high, her nose is too low, and she barely has a forehead.
I used guidelines for the face on the left. Even though she was drawn in a semi-realistic, or whimsical style, she looks WAY more sophisticated than the drawing on the right. It's ALL because of the face drawing guidelines.
Back to today's video!
The alcohol markers in my new Ohuhu set of 48 pastel shades are all dual tips with both a brush nib and a chisel tip. I primarily use the brush nib because it feels very painterly to me (especially for drawing hair).
But I also love flipping to the chisel tip if I've got a lot of ground to cover in one shade, and want to move through it quickly.
I found two shades in the pastel set of 48 that worked well together as skin tones for today's drawing. As I got further into the project, I discovered a pink that complemented these shades as a beautiful mid-tone. Make sure to click over to the video because I flash the name of each marker shade on the screen while I use it.
If you end up buying the pastel set of alcohol markers by Ohuhu, you'll find that it comes with a colorless blender. Personally, I feel the best way to blend alcohol markers without streaking comes from mixing your marker shades together and layering your brush strokes in a variety of directions, so I never use the colorless blender. However, if you've been hoping to try it - you'll be excited to know it's a part of this set.
When I was finished laying down my color, I decided NOT to use my pentel pocket brush for outlining and doodling on top of my drawing because I was afraid the lines would be too bold for the pastel color palette.
Instead, I reached for my Pentel Arts Sign Pen with Micro Brush Tip because I can get much finer lines with it.
I'm SO happy with how this piece turned out! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new pastel alcohol markers.
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