If you pay attention on the Amazon listings for Ohuhu products, you’ll see that the orders are fulfilled by Amazon. This means that Ohuhu sends all of their inventory to Amazon’s fulfillment centres, and Amazon handles shipping the items out to the customers who order them. When Ohuhu announced that their brush markers were released, it was only on the American Amazon website, because all of the other regional sites that are carrying Ohuhu products had to wait for the inventory to get to those other countries, go through customs, get sorted into the fulfillment centres, and so on.
The set of markers I purchased is very likely from the same production run as the sets that everyone who got their markers in the States before it sold out got, it’s just that it took a couple extra weeks for the Canadian branch to be ready to release them for sale. Australia beat us to it, which I find a bit odd considering they’re so far away and we have a huge land border with the States, but whatever. So, unboxing (or unbagging, I guess) these markers, you see the 48 beautiful colored tops of the markers, a couple small pieces of paper, and a plastic sheet. One of the pieces of paper is a little info card with their F.A.Q. on one side, and instructions to get 10% off for sharing your experience on the other.
The second piece of paper, which I don’t think made it onto camera, is their own printed swatch sheet, but you know me, I got to swatch them myself! The plastic sheet is meant to be used underneath your paper if you’re not using a paper that is either thick enough to handle a wet medium like ink, or specially coated to prevent bleed through. It’s a cool idea, but of course being rolled a bit to get shoved in a small case, it comes kind a curled up and just not very convenient. I imagine if you left it pressed under heavy books for a long time it would eventually flatten out on its own. I turned my hair dryer on low heat and warmed it up first before setting a book on it, and I was able to flatten it very quickly, but the edges did start to warp from the heat a bit, so be careful if you want to go that route! I haven’t actually used it yet, since I do have suitable paper for markers, but I think it’s a cool thing to include.
I also wanted to talk about the case itself. When I got my Touch Five and Touch New markers in the past, they came in similar black zippered nylon pouches, and I was expecting this to be the same. The pouches those Touch markers came in are quite thin and flimsy, one of them didn’t have a handle on top, and like most cheap products that ship from China, they have a bit of a populated air smell to them. The case the Ohuhu markers came in is definitely a higher quality nylon material. It’s a bit thicker, and because of that the pouch stays standing without all the markers in it. It does have a nice little handle on top for convenient carrying. As for how it smells, it reminds me of a new suitcase from a department store. The markers themselves have a round barrel design with decent sized tabs on the caps to prevent rolling.
They’re all white with silver print on the barrels, which is a little hard to read because it’s reflective, but the caps have colored ends to indicate the ink color and the printing on the ends is matte, so it’s very readable. I know originally Ohuhu markers had the color names on the caps, and then more recent redesigns of the markers removed that and just put pigment numbers on the ends. With the brush marker designs, the color names are back. The caps have both the pigment color code and the pigment name. For the most part the colors of the caps are quite accurate to the ink color, and the caps do fit nicely on the other end of the marker, if that’s something you care about.
The only real negative I can think of with the physical design of the barrels and caps is that there’s no pigment code or name on the barrel itself, so if you have both caps off and you’ve done that to two similar colors, you might end up putting the wrong caps on the wrong markers and never know the difference! In terms of color range, I do like the variety they’ve given us. I appreciate the fact that we have both warm and cool greys, and I absolutely love the range of greens in this set. I’ve seen a few other You Tubers review this set, so I know I’m not the first to notice, but this set definitely doesn’t have any really pale shades except for Cool Grey 0, and because of that it doesn’t have many options for paler skin tones.
If you’re good with a color less blender and you have one available to you(because this set didn’t come with one!) you could certainly dilute colors to get around that, but if you only have these 48 markers, you might have trouble getting really pale shades. I did some one-to-one blend tests, both with these Ohuhu markers blending into each other, and blending with other brands. For Ohuhuto Ohuhu, I blended Anise and Yellow Green, Aubergine and Light Violet, and Rose Beigeand Salmon Pink. All three pairs blended nicely with the feathering technique, though I would say the Rose Beige and Salmon Pink blend was most successful, and the Anise and Yellow Green blend was least successful. Then I blended with other brands. I blended oranges with Copic, blending Ohuhu’s Orange into Copic’s Pumpkin, and the results are similar to Ohuhu with itself.
For Spectra AD (which are the same as Blick Studio) I blended Ohuhu’s Terra Cotta with Spectra’s Terra Cotta, and again got a very similar result. For Winsor & Newton, I blended Winsor & Newton’s Amethyst into Ohuhu’s Lavender, and as with just about every other alcohol marker brand, Winsor & Newton just ate into the Ohuhu pigment and took over. I have a few new Sketch Box Signature brush markers than just that neutral grey now, so I tested that as well. I blended Sketch Box’s Coral Reef with Ohuhu’s Coral Pink and got the best blend yet. Next I tried Bianyo. At first I blended Bianyo’s Pastel Rose into Ohuhu’s Pastel Rose, and it turns out they’re exactly the same shade, so then I tried again blending the same Bianyo marker with Ohuhu’s Pastel Pink, and didn’t get much of a blend.
Finally, just for the fun of it, I tested the infamously unblendable Double Line by Genvana markers, which sometimes play nice with other brands but absolutely do not blend with each other. I blended Double Line’s Cerulean Blue with Ohuhu’s Royal Blue, and although it’s definitely not perfect, it did a decent job of blending. So to summarize, Ohuhu’s brush markers blend just as well with Copic, Spectra AD, and Sketch Box Signature as they do with each other, marginally well with Bianyo and Double Line, and like every other brand out there, they lose the battle to Winsor & Newton’s oddly strong formula. Next I tested every brush marker color less blender I own on a swatch of Ohuhu’s Geranium Red, and they all did basically the same thing, which was to dilute the pigment they touched, and they all diluted about the same amount.
Finally, before moving on to doing a piece with these markers, I decided to look at all my swatch sheets for my Copic, Spectra AD, and Winsor & Newton markers and see which colors might be interesting to directly compare to the shades in this 48 set of Ohuhu markers. Overall I really do like these markers.
These are the firmest brush nib I’ve ever worked with in an alcohol marker, but I didn’t feel that it was a disadvantage at all.