Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday: Caffeine!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Who needs fancy art tools when you have a simple sharpie and a little bit of coffee? And who needs inspiration? Just draw what’s in front of you - in this case: a cup of coffee!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Urban Sketches

Sketches done in the streets, with people moving around, capturing the moment and atmosphere - that is basically the definition of an 'urban sketch'.
I like drawing in public. Especially when the weather is nice, it's a great excuse to look around you and to even stare at people and study them, listen in on conversations and enjoy the moment.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Drink 'n' Draw part 2

Drawing what's right in front of you is often a good way to fill a journal page with a daily drawing. So this one was done sitting at the bar, drawing my husband's drink and the bottles behind the bar.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Digging deep

Lately, early mornings, I wake up at the sound of heavy duty labour. That's because this is what's going on in my street right now:
Fascinated by the machinery, one day I took a mug of coffee and my sketchbook outside and sat down on the curb (or what's left of it right now) and sketched the activity going on. Of course the workmen were curious, and the driver of the dragline actually came up to me to ask if it was okay if he would drive it further up the street. 
While drawing this, my coffee got cold, my body was warmed by the sun, and I was pretty happy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Drink 'n' Draw

Even though I'm not much of a drinker, I like spending time in cafes, with my sketchbook of course.
I started the journal spread below while I waited to meet a friend in a cafe downtown in Amsterdam. Then, when she arrived, we had a lot to catch up on, so I put the sketchbook aside to chat with her, and also to make a quick blind contour drawing of her.

Then after dinner, another friend joined us, and while we chatted, I opened my sketchbook again to crosshatch my way through the spread. At first I thought they might think of it as anti-social of me, but when I asked them, they told me to go on and that they were fascinated to see the drawing come to life. I am happy to notice that by now I can do some drawing and talking at the same time, although it's still not 'fluently', but I'm learning!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Background Pattern

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
What do you do when you think your drawing is missing something? Give it a little extra attention and perk it up with a colorful background!

I hope this video inspires you to make awesome art. If you want more inspiration, go to my website, koosjekoene.nl and sign up for one of my classes today!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The best excuse to leave the dishes

 Don't you just hate doing the dishes? Here's a tip! Drawing it is the best excuse to leave them!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crooked view

There is this tiny sushi bar close by where I live, and even though it's been there for a few years, I never got round to actually going there, although I love sushi. So, finally I did! I didn't have much time, but still I took out my sketchbook to draw the view while I waited for my order to be prepared.
very satisfying: I made a quick drawing AND had sushi, which was delicious by the way.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Draw Your Feet!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Do you ever feel like drawing.... and then you don't know what you actually should draw?
Look down! There you will find two very patient models - they're always there: your feet!

Will you let your feet inspire you today? Whatever you do, Make Awesome Art. For more inspiration, head on over to my website, koosjekoene.nl to join one of my classes today!

Monday, April 20, 2015

...and the winner is...

About a month ago, I shared the exciting news that I will have a book of my very own recipes published by the They Draw And Cook team!
I asked for your help then, on finding a good title for the book.
The amount of book title suggestions I got over the past weeks has been overwhelming, and it was so much fun to see what people came up with! Just a few examples are "From Palette to Plate", "Eat your Art Out", "Drawn to Cook", "Delicious Doodles", "The Kitchen Drawer", and many, many others.
However, there was one particular title that stood out for me, so that's the one I chose:
"Food Ink."
And the winner is... Marsha Gulick! She came up with this title, and I picked two second-place winners as well: Birgitte and Payal. They both came up with the title 'Drawn Appetit', which was my second choice.
Congrats to the winners!
And a big thank you to everyone who brainstormed with me. I loved getting all those creative and fun book title suggestions in my email inbox and through social media.
The book will be available on Amazon on May 1st! I'll keep you posted.

Other good stuff:

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Now that we're in the flow of foodie-art, you can now join my online workshop on drawing food and illustrating recipes: "Draw It Like It's Hot". The 4-week workshop starts June 1st and costs $69.
Get more info and enroll by clicking here.

More great news:

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"Stretching", the brand new 6-week Kourse in Sketchbook Skool has started on Friday, and this week's teacher, Jonathan Twingley kicks-off with an amazing Klass.
Don't miss it!
Click here to get more info about "Stretching" and to sign-up.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Art Journal Spread

The 'I Amsterdam' icon was temporarily just around the corner of where I live. So I had to draw it before it traveled to the next location. After dinner I made myself a cup of coffee, took it outside and sat on a bench to draw this right before it started to get dark.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Stretching!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Today's Draw Tip looks a little different.
A little over a year ago I teamed up with Danny Gregory to found Sketchbook Skool. Since then, we've been growing a fantastic and supportive community of artists of all levels, from all over the globe. We now offer 4 Kourses that are each $99* for six weeks of amazing online, video based lessons, taught by a different teacher each week. You will learn from these teachers, but also from your klass mates, since you will have access to our online community platform, where you can share your art and find/make friends from around the world.
I am so excited that this Friday, our brand new Kourse called 'Stretching' starts. It's a six week online course that will get you out of your comfort zone and into a whole new world of inspiration, surprise, exciting techniques, materials and ideas.
Watch this preview and click here to sign up today!
*plus VAT for EU residents

Friday, April 10, 2015

5 Tips To Challenge Yourself

When you're free or on vacation, there is plenty of lazy hours which means: a lot of drawing time. I love that. It gives me the opportunity to take the time to do elaborate drawings, but also to study. Trying out new techniques for example, or focusing on drawing things that may seem daunting to draw. You don't need a vacation for that though - you can balance a busy life with drawing and learning new things.

Here are 5 Tips To Challenge Yourself

1. Pick a subject that moves all the time.
It may seem too hard to draw. Like waving tree branches or water.
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You can dread it, or you can just go for it. It's better to make a mediocre drawing than no drawing at all.
During the process, you're learning. Study your subject really well. Take notes. Don't give up, you can do it.
2. Pick a subject that's alive.
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When drawing animals for example, they won't sit still and model for you. You never know when they will start moving or reposition.
This will train you to work fast and to study their proportions.
3. No peeking and no cheating.
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Pick a subject. Take a minute. Don't look at your paper - and draw. It helps if you don't lift your pen off the paper, to keep track of where you are on the paper.
You could be surprised by the results, and even colour your quick blind drawing.
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4. Get going and keep going.
Whether you're lazy or crazy busy - there's always room to study and learn.
And if you're crazy busy and lazy - you could use an extra kick-in-the butt. Well, guess what? On April 6, the 4-week workshop Awesome Art Journaling started. It gives you just that extra push that you need.
For more info and to enroll in Awesome Art Journaling click here.
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5. No Excuses To Learn New Things.
Finally it's here! you can to sign up for the brand new 6-week klass in Sketchbook Skool, themed 'Stretching'! It starts April 17. Be ready to be surprised, refreshed and inspired. Find more info and sign-up by clicking here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Staying Inside

Even though spring is finally here, staying inside can be oh so relaxing. I like being home, and even though we've lived in this apartment for over 5 years now, there's still plenty of things around that I want to draw over and over again.

Wanna stay inside and draw too?
It's not too late to sign up for my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' - you get to the classroom by staying at home. Cozy slippers and yoga pants are allowed in the online classroom! Find out more about the online workshop and enroll by clicking here

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday- Watercolour Sketch

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today, let’s sketch with watercolors.

You could fill a whole page just trying all kinds of subjects - try different lighting too. If you want to learn more, you can sign up for one of my classes today!
Awesome Art Journaling started yesterday - make sure you don't miss out on the fun in there - the 4-week workshop is only $69. Click here to enroll.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Journal Spreads

Even if you're filling pages in your sketchbook pretty randomly, you can still make them combine well, by choosing the right colour or background.
Today, my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' starts, and you can still join me to fill your art journal pages every day during April. It's only $69 - find more info and enroll by clicking here.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blind Contour Fun

In Late January, I was lucky enough to visit Lapin in Barcelona, to film his videos for Sketchbook Skool's new kourse 'Stretching' *
I saw him do many quick blind drawings of the people around him, and since then, I've been doing a lot of this exercise as well.
The exercise is simple, fun and quick, and it allows you to not think about the result, but simply focus on the shapes and lines that you see. The fun thing is, that if you do a few in a row, you can see quick progress. Very rewarding, and so much fun. And a nice intimate moment between you and your model.
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Barbara, me, Pascal

Mom and Dad

*Sketchbook Skool is an online art school and global community dedicated to teaching and inspiring people to tell their stories through illustrated journaling. A six-week course costs only $99, so what are you waiting for? To learn more and to join, click here

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Sushi can be a great excuse to fill a page of your art journal.
I can help you make more excuses to draw - in my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling', starting April 6. 
For $69 you will get 4 weeks of drawing fun, drawing prompts, techniques and tips, and after the workshop has ended, I will help you to keep going with the special Awesome Art Journaling Workbook. You can get more info and sign up by clicking here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Drawing and Chatting

I filled this art journal page in a bar, while listening to and chatting with my companions. I always thought I couldn't draw and talk at the same time, but every now and then (depending on the subject of both drawing and conversation) I try to and I don't mess up; neither my drawings nor my sentences. I guess, that too, is a thing that needs practice.
The great thing about keeping an art journal, is that you can take it with you anywhere. All places, every object, each situation can be an opportunity to draw. In my 4-week online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling', you can get many ideas for drawing opportunities and subjects. It starts April 6 - don't miss it! You can find more info and sign up by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday: um yeah... Shades Of Grey

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Here's a fun tip to show you how many um... yeah, shades of grey you can draw.