Juha Ekman, Artist

YouTuber, Entrepreneur, Passionate About Art

I’m the founder and sole owner of Okuha.com, an anime art blog created for creatives who want to master the art of anime. Free resources for anime artists, art tutorials, shading tips, coloring, drawing anime hair, and so much more. Welcome, and enjoy the content!

What I'm all About

My art journey in short

Hi There! I’m Juha Ekman a.k.a Okuha. I’m an anime and manga artist, youtuber, entrepreneur and genuinely passionate about digital art and this is my story in short.

I have always loved digital art and anime art especially. Drawing anime art, however, was a somewhat different experience. You see I struggled a lot. How to draw eyes, mouth, body (still a pain point), how to color, etc. I didn’t know where to start.

Doing art traditionally was, how would I say, unforgiving. A mistake in line art or in color choices was irreversible. There is no CTRL+Z in traditional art. Unfortunately. That did affect my motivation to draw and eventually made me quit drawing for a while.

I wanted to draw, I tried to be good at it. Feel confident with it. Seeing all those excellent artists and drawings online, only pushed me forward. How I could not feel inspired. People are so awesome and the art these days. Damn!

I was missing some crucial parts though, and it was the tools I had at my disposal at the time. You see. Traditional art didn’t give me the confidence to move forward. However, after a lot of research.

I found that you could connect a drawing tablet to a PC. How could I have missed this before? Long story short, finding the correct drawing tablet finally put me on the right path. A path that I will never stray away again.

Finally, I could sketch, draw line art, pick the right colors. It fired up my enthusiasm towards drawing again.

Never have I achieved complete wisdom in digital art and most likely never will. But that is not the point. I see now that I only need to know the techniques to bring the vision from my head to the canvas and for you to experience.

My short and little background

Born and raised in a small country called Finland in Northern Europe. Living with a family of four in the City of Tampere. Having a family of your own is incredible. Two energetic boys and more than an awesome waifu. I can only feel blessed.

Just to give you a few slightly unrelated details about me. I like noodles, cheeseburgers, Japanese kanji letters, drawing anime art (obviously), blogging and chilling.

Okuha Origin Story

Okuha name comes from the unification of my last and first name. Last name Ekman partly means oak in, and so it was fun to take it as part of the name. Oku comes from the Japanese word ōku which surprisingly also means oak.

Ha comes from the first name Ju(ha). Slightly altering ōku and combining ha you get the Japanese sounding name of Okuha.

This is for you!

It could be that you have tried many different paths before. The world has many masters. Many different ways to draw and create art. It could be that you didn’t get the results you were after? That kind of experiences does not give a good feeling and definitely does not raise motivation towards art, creativity and making an income from your art. I’ve felt it so many times in the past.

It would have been nice to know you before you had those experiences. I could have shown you a different path, maybe even a better path. The path I have taken. Luckily, you are now here, and I can now show you the path that gave me that confidence in drawing and making money with my art. Gave me the ability to show my work to the world. That feeling of confidence. You can achieve that same confidence. Trust me, You can.