AFFORDABLE BRUSH MARKERS?! | illo Hue Alcohol Marker Demo + First Impressions | Sketchbook

AFFORDABLE BRUSH MARKERS?! | illo Hue Alcohol Marker Demo + First Impressions | Sketchbook


As you may know, I’ve been using an illo sketchbook for… I think a couple years now… At least one and a bit more than that. Anyway, today I’m going to be filling a spread in my sketchbook, at the same time, I’m going to be testing out the Illo Hue Alcohol-based markers for the first time. So I can share my first impressions. I’m not gonna lie, I got a little chuckle at the name of these markers. They remind me of another marker name. I’ll leave it at that. but let’s try out the Illo Hue Markers. ♪ All right, so they come in this box. Very cubular and it shows that they have a brush nib on one end and a chisel nib on the other and they come in a cute little canvas pouch. It feels like it’s got some kind of cardboard to it. Velcro shut. It has their logo on the front. And this folds open. Ooh, a little snack for later. I’m kidding. [Pfff] So they look to be square in shape. They seem to have little slots for each marker. They have a black barrel. [Marker cap clicks off] The brush marker end has this gray plastic, So that
you can spot it even when the caps are on the marker, These markers aren’t the most expensive markers, but they also aren’t the cheapest markers out there. Alright, so it looks like right now, they are about $55 for the 36 set. Which is this one right here. What, where you going? Come back. And kind of like other cheap markers, they do not list the color name on the barrel. It is only on the two caps. So you’ll see. If I remove the two caps, it’s hard to tell specifically what color this is, because it’s not listed on it anywhere. They are square so I betcha… Oh, no, seriously?! Oh, no got it. Okay, okay. The cap does fit on the other end, which is very pleasing. It is about the same size as a Copic marker, but you can see a Copic marker lists the color name on their barrel but let’s go ahead and swatch them because… Honestly, the most important thing about a marker is what it looks like when you use it. Oh wait, can you like… [Gasps] There’s a Velcro on the back of this. You can actually curl this around, and it hooks right in there. It becomes a little display case that you can then put on the side of your desk, and use to access your markers really easily. That’s pretty handy. Let’s go ahead and give them a little swatchy-swatch. Got some grays. ♪ That’s what those look like. Right off the bat, I can tell you these are not pastel enough for my personal tastes. but you don’t usually see super pastel markers in the cheaper marker sets either. So they’re kind of on par with a lot of the cheaper alternatives so far. [Gasps] I just noticed they have a potato brown! Move into the blues. Just pull them all out at once. Try and put them in rainbow order. [Laughs] As best that I can. Ultramarine. Brilliant blue. Cobalt blue. I probably should have switched those but I’m going based off the caps. Blue sky. and Cerulean blue. That should transition us into greens, right? Got deep green. Grass green. Bronze green and yellow green! Gonna keep these ones separate. ‘Cause they look really pastel and I forgot to put them in with the rest of the swatches. Why is this color called fresh green? wha-? Does that look green to you? I’m nervous. *sings* Potato brown The chisel nibs feel a little drier than the brush nibs. Okay. This is that fresh green color. Yeah, very green. (Distorted) Mm-hmm, the nibs also feel like some are softer than others and some are stiffer Not a lot of consistency in the nib texture and they also just feel a little brittle on the tips. I don’t know. I’ve tried a lot of markers, [Laughs] In my day, and that’s how I’m feeling about these so far. All right, then we have these markers that I forgot to, uh… Put where they belong. We’ve got a pastel peach, a salmon pink, a cream, a powder pink and a dark blue light. Let’s see what they actually look like. Please be this pastel. I’d say it’s actually lighter than the cap. Oh, you can hardly see, let me scootchy-scooch. How about pastel peach? (Pastel peach) ♪ Okay so far I’m very happy with these. Okay, this one’s a little bit darker than the cap but I really like that color, so can’t really complain. Okay, yeah that one – that one’s off. Alright the last one, dark blue light. That is purple and a little darker than the cap. My personal use for markers is I use a lot of pastel colors and then I build them up and as I get more comfortable with that I’m drawing, I start darkening them up. Going
in straight with dark colors scares the crap out of me. So I like to see a lot of pastel markers in a marker set, especially if it’s your first marker set. So I’m glad to see a few in here. Blue sky’s a little dark but it’s the lightest blue we’ve got and I can definitely see me using that one a lot. Overall, you’ve got a decent variety, but I’d always like to see more pastels. [Laughs] but let’s go ahead and use them in practice and see if we run into any positives or negatives along the way. Start with a good’ole pencil. Here’s one. Don’t know where to put this stuff. so we basically have every color. There’s a very good variety. So, let’s just go ahead and start drawing something. Loosen up for the day. Be very sketchy with it. If it’s your first drawing for the day, You don’t want to go right into details. That’s for sure. Gotta loosen up that wrist. Remind yourself that you can draw, and it might take a few tries. Turn the body a little more. I’ve been obsessed with half-up half-down hairdos. [Laughs] Actually, for a long time in my life, but they are like back in the style. So now I’m seeing them everywhere. So let’s add a little bit of that action in here. I guess she needs some arms, doesn’t she? I guess I’ll just make her kind of float there because this angle and gravity don’t really get along. I don’t really wanna worry about it. [Laughs] I think I’ll turn this leg a little. Make it a little more interesting. Oh, yeah, I like that way better! Gonna move that arm in a little. Bend it and have it like sitting on the leg kinda like this and this one can kind of just Instagram pose around. [Laughs] I want to kind of incorporate some patterns. Maybe like a houndstooth or a plaid. Are those the same thing? I don’t even know… But that’s what I’m thinking. Alright, I’m gonna quickly erase this, then I’m going to draw on top of it with some line art. And I can get to using the colors! Add a little shadow under the chin. Keep it nice and simple so we can try and use the markers for shading. Little jellybean ears. [Hehe] Oh, you know what, something I just noticed about this. That’s a little strange, is they didn’t include a black! There’s no solid black marker. Interesting. I don’t use it all that often and honestly your art will be better If you use one of these warm gray or these cool grays for your “black” and maybe even mix it with a color That’s in your color scheme. So I don’t hate that because
that means they included something else instead I wonder which one it was. I’m gonna stick this pinkie out. It’s not in the sketch, but it’s fine. Add this arm in. I didn’t think about shoes and now I’m here at the feet [Tapping] [Laughs, deep inhale] How did this happen? Trying to add some boots in. This is where you should finish your sketch before you add line art. Lesson learned today. Lesson I already knew but I tried to cheat and has been… Reinstalled in my mind, don’t cheat. Kinda wanna do a blue and black color scheme which is why I realized that there’s no black. So we can actually use cool gray 7, maybe, perhaps. (maybe, perhaps) Yeah, there’s some English for ya. I’m gonna go ahead and color in the top cool grey 7! Something that’s really cool about alcohol-based markers, If you’ve never used them, is that you can layer them on top of each other to mix the colors. I think
that’s probably gonna be plenty dark for what I need Yeah, that might be a little too light, but, because it’s a lighter color, we can actually layer it on top of itself. The skirt, let’s try a nice vibrant blue so either blue sky or cerulean blue is calling me. Oh, it’s sky-blue. Why did I write blue sky? [Laughs] My mind’s on the movies, I don’t know. Fill that in. I can kinda see a little bit of streaks there So I’ll add a second layer, which makes
me really glad that I didn’t use a darker color for this. Okay, then I think I’m gonna go back to cool gr – Let’s just start with cool gray 5, that’s our middle tone gray and try to add a pattern Gonna do little check marks. I think I’m gonna want something darker than this now that I’m seeing it. I think I’ll go in with cool gray 7 now and just add little hints of it. I am not sure what pattern this is. Maybe it’s just something abstract. It’s not really the plaid I was thinking. What sort of skin tones do we have? We’ve got these three, this one, but you can mix like yellow ochre with some of these other colors and get some nice skin tones. Let’s try and use potato brown though. This one’s
nib feels like it sticks out further than the other ones. If that makes any sense. Okay, now what’s cool about markers is you can layer them to add blush and stuff. So we’re gonna try and add a little blush and shading with this. Now you don’t want to pick a color that’s too much lighter than the skin tone you picked ’cause it’ll start lifting which I am kind of seeing happening here [Marker cap clicks] I’m gonna
try and move over to try Orange , that might work because it is redder than the color that we’re using currently for skin Then I’m gonna blend it out back with the salmon pink. That’s kinda nice ‘ cause there’s the contrast between the cool outfit and the warm skin tone. I kind of like it. Color in like a coloring book. What happens if you go back over the orange with the potato brown? Ooh, that actually – I think I like that. I just feel like if you mess up it’s always the face, right? [Laughs] What I like to do sometimes with the face is just get a lighter skin tone than the rest of the body, so that way you’re starting lighter and you can just build up upon it, get some extra tones in there and try and match it with the body later. Why don’t I try that? Oh, jeez. That’s really light. Now what I like to do with the face is add a lot of blush, Which is why we’ll kind of want to start light, so I’m ahead of the game, before I start layering too much on here. More blush and shading. The longer you wait after you do a marker the harder it will be to blend it out, and this paper is obviously sketchbook paper and not meant for what I’m doing, so we’ll see how well it handles this abuse. and the more we layer it, even with the light tones, the darker it should get. Just make sure I don’t go overboard. Alright, still looking a little too light. Gonna add a little brightness. Maybe even the ears. Blend it out. Okay, I think we’re reaching the limitations of the paper. So I’m just gonna go ahead and color in the whole thing with the skin tone that we chose which was potato brown. Maybe
this is a technique best saved for actual marker paper. I think I’m going to go ahead and take sky-blue again and color in this shirt, but what I’m gonna try to do, is make it look a little bit more transparent. So I’m going to take a skin tone, maybe the orange and just color anywhere the skin would be showing. No, not Orange. Just some potato brown maybe. Blend that out. ♪ Does that look a little transparent? A little extra shading wherever. [Laughs] Alright the last thing is hair. I’m kind of falling in love with this natural oak color. We could use that for hair. The only problem I would see for this particular drawing is that it might be a little dark and I kind of want there to be a little bit more contrast. The other option, we could do blue hair, but I used the blue scrunchie. Another option is cool gray 7. I don’t think the hair ever overlaps with this shirt and then the final, kind of a little bit more out there, would be cream, which is this color right here. So it would be like a blonde. You know what we could do? Start with the blonde, see if I like it. If the whole contrast doesn’t work for me, I’m gonna go ahead and color it in with that natural oak. It’s such like – it’s like a red/brown. I don’t know, I love it. Remember that video where I said, “What even is the color blonde?” I found it, it’s cream. I don’t think these markers are refillable, that I’m aware of. I feel like the blonde eyebrows aren’t working for me. So. [Laughs] I’m gonna do what I wanted to do all along. I’m going to use natural oak, color in these eyebrows and then… then I would like to add in the roots! Like’a so! Maybe blend it out with the cream. Just a little. There we go. The cream color does not really… I feel like go well with the skin tone. The skin tone is kind of orange and the cream color is kind of yellow. I don’t know. It’s not working for me. After using the markers for the first time though. I am noticing there’s a little – They do seem to be a little bit drier than some markers. Not all but they’re totally usable. I also like how they’re square. I don’t see a lot of square markers. Oh, now I’m losing that contrast. Which was the whole reason I did blonde! I also didn’t give her any socks, but now that I tested out the markers, let’s maybe explore this character a little further. Draw her maybe in a different angle. Maybe even refine her color scheme a little bit better, So that we don’t have any two colors that are a little bit mushy next to each other and when I say mushy, I mean… There’s not enough contrast. It’s not sharp enough. That’s
something I definitely want to improve with my art, and I’ve been trying to practice! I don’t know if it’s obvious that it’s improving or anything, but I’m trying! ♪ Little hand in there. ♪ Little too voluminous in the hair. It’s coming forward a little bit too much and I feel like it looks like a different character than this one. so, let’s try that again. Keeping the hair behind. ♪ Pull up that waist. A little higher waisted. Still looks like a different character. Add in some legs. Some legs. I really like drawing legs. [Laughs] I don’t know why. I just always have. This time actually sketching in the boots. She looks like she’d spent a lot of time on the phone. [Laughs] A little shading for dimension! I also have to decide on like the texture of the skirt. Let’s keep it up. See if I can maintain this. [Laughs] Can you make this pose out? [Laughs] Just kind of refine it, see if I can figure it out. This foot would be in the back. Maybe her hand’s on her knee. Kinda need to figure out this foot. Kind of push this arm backwards by shading it in. Maybe shorten this hair a little. Try this leg again. Before I color anymore, I want to just finish drawing in this page and then I’ll color my favorite. Right now, these two are vying for winner [Laughs] Well, this one’s just the only one I don’t like. I like all the rest, that might be a better way to put it. Ooh, I got an idea. What if the head’s kind of like turned this way? Body’s kind of turning like this. And then she’s sitting here, legs kind of crossed at the bottom. This hand would be kind of bent like this. This hands a little bit more stretched out. Then she’s just smiling crazy… Like. [Laughs] Now to refine it a little bit. [Laughs] I need to move the head up a little. I’m thinking. I just realized, these colors are the same as the illo hue logo. Hmm subconscious [Laughs] But interesting, Kinda wanna pull the arms backwards a little. Oh, that is cuter. Yes! Kind of like pulling back behind her. Add a little shading here. Need to refine the face a lot. If I’d known I was gonna draw it in such a short space, I could have filled in a little bit more down here, but it’s all good. One definitely has to be in front of the other. There we go. Drew few poses sitting down. How irregular of me. Gonna go ahead and take a normal pencil because it’s dull And fill in some of these areas that I want to be darker. Because I think I’ve got it in my mind that I don’t want to color this one. Just make it a little bit more dynamic. It goes a long way if you just add a little bit of shading. That’s a little cheat. I’m gonna shade in the back leg so I don’t have to draw it, Yeah, I like this sketch a lot better, I’m almost tempted to color it, but I know that wasn’t the one I wanted to do. [Laughs] Anyway, I want to color in one of these. Ah, it’s one of these two still. I really want to do this one ’cause it turned out well But I always draw standing up poses which is why it turned out well because I have a lot more practice with that. Whereas, this sort of pose is not something I draw every day. So if I can color that in and it still turns out. well, I feel like that shows some improvement on my part. So I think that is how I wanted to go about this. Take our kneaded eraser, my baby. Come on, Beluga, Alright then go in and add some line art Try not to mess that up. Alright, makin’ progress. I don’t remember what this hand’s supposed to look like. I can’t make it out! Is this the thumb or the forefinger? That’ll have to do. [Laughs] That’ll do. and the socks this time, better than the last one! Silently just attempts to not mess this up! Yay. I did it! So any time I have a small victory like this, I’m pretty excited. Let’s kind of carry that luck… Into the coloring. Now that we already know the colors, I can go ahead and put them in, Easy-peasy. Still not sure about how I want to do the hair. The hair’s something
I think I’m gonna have to play around with again I’m being really sloppy with this, what is going on? Can’t I stay inside the lines? Potato brown next. Why does that looks so different? Did I different color? Maybe I just gotta let it fade. Let it do what it do(s) Does. [Laughs] Try to avoid using the orange. Let’s try… Make it a little bit more subdued. It’s less of a change so it’s more subtle and I think it just looks better overall with the terracotta. The colors seem to be coming out a little darker. I’m hoping it’s ’cause they’re just still wet. Maybe they’re drying a little slower Like this shirt it’s just completely darker. Oh, you know what I probably did, I probably used like pastel peach and lightened it with that Then it lifted it. Nah, it looks darker. What did I do!? This time, I’m gonna try and just go in completely with potato brown on the face. Let’s see if it turns out worse or better. This color isn’t really as dark as some of the skin tones I’ve used before, which is what
I use that technique I mentioned earlier for usually. So I think I can get away without. Still try blending it out with… What was this? Pastel peach. Let me darken this. I think I want to draw the plaid in with this fine liner. We can add the slightest amount
of shading with cool gray 1. I’m gonna use warm gray to shade the skin. Oooh, Nice! I like that better than the terracotta. It like pushes it further back ’cause it’s a little bit cooler, but I did use – last time,
I use that natural oak color for a little bit of eye shadow.. We need some lips! Try pale pink for the blush. It looks so much better. Why didn’t I just do that the first time? I don’t know why I was so scared to use pink on this color Alright, finally, [hair color]! Again. Do I just go full natural oak? Or something else? Could do blue hair! I could do it! All I have to do is draw on this with this blue marker and you’d have blue hair! We could go pink hair. it’s a little bit out of the ordinary, but It’s possible. It’s totally doable. I mean I could do the blonde hair. No, I didn’t like the blonde eyebrows though. Let’s try warm gray 6, you know, I might as well try something new. I’m never gonna look at a sketchbook spread again. Why can’t I just experiment? Hopefully that’s darker than the skin. Yes! I’m gonna just kind of fill in the whole thing. The brush tip does allow you to get into smaller areas without going outside the lines! Oh and we need to color in her scrunchie. The most basic looking scrunchie. Just add a little white gel pen. Maybe around the character and for a little highlights. Sign it. [Laughs] Boom baby! I also used the white gel pen to kind of add… Highlights and texture to this transparent shirt section, which I think helped a little bit. I kind of like this one better, I don’t know. It’s hard to say which hair color I like better. Maybe I haven’t found the right hair color yet. [Laughs] I don’t really like either of them. Anyway, I want to thank you guys for watching me test out some new markers and art supplies. I do have to thank illo for sending me these markers to try out. A lot of you have been requesting that I test them out. So thanks for recommending them. As for like a final conclusion… I’ve only used them in this last couple hours here but the brush nibs do feel a little…. Brittle and then the chisel nibs are a little bit dry. Which is kind of common Ohuhu markers as well. Not to be confused with these, illo Hue Markers. The Ohuhu brush markers are a little bit cheaper. It depends on what colors come with it, How many markers and things like that. So I think Ohuhu are still my favorite… All-time cheap brush markers so far but these are nice close second. I think these are the first art supply illo has ever come up with besides their sketchbooks. So it’s kind of cool
to see them branching into something new like this and I’d like to see what they come up with in the future. I love having them all organized, but putting them back…. Mmmm Not so much. I got it. I got it. I got it. Perfect. Thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you guys all next week, bye! [Swoosh] ♪

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