Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Shoes!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

No inspiration? Take a look at you wardrobe. You may find interesting stuff that you can draw. For example, make a fun pattern of the shoes you have, or draw the kind of shoes that you’d like to have. You could make a pattern of bags, coats, accessories… you name it. Take a peek into your wardrobe and you can get lots of ideas for a whole series of patterns.
Dive into your wardrobe, see what you can draw today, and Make Awesome Art!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends

Hi there Koosje!

Don't you just love surrounding yourself with fabulous art tools, beautiful sketchbooks and watercolor paper, and maybe even books about art and drawing to inspire you?
A lot of people do. And then... they don't draw!
Does that sound familiar?
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Getting started can feel like a big step.

Even though you know how good it will make you feel once you're in the process of doing what you love, it can be kind of scary. You never know what's going to happen once you start, do you?
Well here's the two choices you have:
1. Keep feeling uncomfortable about it, don't start, and feel frustrated with yourself.
2. Embrace the fact that you can't control a drawing, jump in and enjoy the process and let the drawing unfold. Let go.
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Needless to ask which one of the above you prefer.
When I hear myself think 'I can't do this', I just know that when I push through, I will find that most of those limits are inside my head, and I can exceed them. Not just when drawing. The quote here on the right applies to many situations in life.
So THAT is where the sweet stuff is:
Right there, when you step outside of your comfort zone, is where the magic happens.
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Some people claim you should do something that scares you every day. I don't know about that, but I sure do know that you can accomplish a lot by sinking your teeth into those large or small challenges.

So what are you doing today to challenge yourself?

Whatever you do, have a great day, and make awesome art.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Hand Lettering

Welcome to Draw tip Tuesday!
Remember how last week’s conclusion was that you better think twice before you throw something in the trash, because it may be worth drawing? Let’s write ourselves a little reminder next to this drawing of an orange peel.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Journal page

Here's a journal page I did last month. Sipping a slow drip and drawing - what better way to spend a Sunday?

Here's another one from last month.
I'm always intrigued by map art. I'm not very good at drawing maps - even giving directions in Amsterdam (where I have lived all my life) gets me into trouble - my mind maps things completely different! My husband had a band gig in the south of Holland and we decided to combine that with a fun weekend out. Doing a map of the appartment we stayed in, was a great exercise and fun to do. I needed to get up many times to see what was where, even though the apartment was kind of tiny!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Journal Page: the eggplant

This eggplant was on the kitchen counter, and looked so pretty because of its colour and shine - every time I passed by it just screamed out: 'Draw me, Koosje!' 

So that's what I did.


After that, I killed it and threw it in a stew together with a bunch of chick peas and tomatoes - even the eggplant's taste is pretty!

-drawn with a mix of brands of colour pencils, on a small brown paper bag that I kept for drawing purposes - now was the time to glue it into my sketchbook and make good use of it-

If you want to learn to work with colour pencils, I can teach you in 'Just Draw It', my 5-week online drawing course. It starts February 2nd, and will the course will temporarily retire after that, so I have the chance to learn and develop more skills myself! In Just Draw It, I guide you through the lessons full of drawing techniques, to make you more confident when drawing, and to polish up your skills. Join me, it's only $99! Click here to read more and to register.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Adding Watercolours

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Last week we made a line drawing of an orange peel  and added some hatching. It certainly could use some color so let’s bring the drawing to life.

You better think twice before throwing stuff in the trash. It can be worth drawing first. Whatever you draw, Make Awesome Art.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The core of it.

Sometimes Setchbook keeping, or art journaling, is so much more than keeping a drawing habit. Yes, I do make a habit of making a daily drawing, but often it's not even about the outcome of the drawing itself. Wether the result is good or bad doesn't matter. The drawing is a memory, or the drawing and its process ignites all sorts of thoughts and emotions. A drawing can carry deep emotions, but they can also be random thoughts, like the ones I jotted down when I drew this apple core. Actually, I do know the answer to the question I wrote there. No, I'm not the only one; my mom also nibbles endlessly around the apple core like I do.

That's what art journaling is about: while each time you enjoy the process of drawing, you fill the pages with little stories of your life. Looking back at the pages brings back vivid memories.

Every artist has his or her own way of doing that, and learning how other people do it, is so inspiring.
That's why I am so happy Danny and I partnered up and created Sketchbook Skool.
Never heard of it? click here and read about the courses.

The kourse themed 'Beginnings' has just started and you can still join! Also the kourses 'Seeing', and 'Storytelling' are starting in a couple of weeks, plus we have created a free training for everyone who took all three kourses to deepen their art skills and habits.
Meanwhile, we're working on new outlines with a new team of fantastic artists to teach in our new kourse that will start in April. I can't wait to get inspired by both the teachers and all students!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Drawing Trash

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
This drawing is trash. And by that, I don't mean I dont like the result. No, I drew a piece of trash. Who says there's nothing to draw? There's beauty in everything around us!

http://koosjekoene.blogspot.nl/p/awesome-art-journal-class.htmlDo you need more art prompts or ideas to fill your journal pages? Join me in my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling'. It started just yesterday, and for $69 you can still join the 4 weeks of drawing fun, and get an extra push to get you going in the new creative year. To sign up, click here.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Make it a creative one. And Make Awesome Art!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Draw Tip Tuesday: Two Tips for 2015!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
A little different than ususal, but hey, I need to help you get going on your new year's resolutions, don't I? So without further ado, here are two tips for 2015 for you:

-Find out more about Sketchbook Skool kourse 'Beginnings', go to https://ruzuku.com/courses/6553/about and sign up!
-Get more info about Sketchbook Skool kourse 'Seeing', go to https://ruzuku.com/courses/6554/about and register right away
-Check out the Sketchbook Skool kourse 'Storytelling, go to https://ruzuku.com/courses/6555/about and join today
-For the online workshop Awesome Art Journaling, find out more on this blog by following this link: http://koosjekoene.blogspot.nl/p/awesome-art-journal-class.html

Together, we'll keep those creative juices flowing, and kickstart your year full of creativity. The only hard part now is to decide which one you choose!

See you in class.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Selfie in pen and watercolur

This is a quick entry in my art journal, done from a photo I took with the camera on my phone.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Waiting Room Bliss

It may sound strange and unlogical, but sometimes when I have a very full schedule, I can really look forward to being in a waiting room; the doctor's office, the dentist, waiting at the hairdresser's... 
Why? Because they are drawing opportunities! 

Here's what happened when I made the sketch above: My bangs were almost hanging in front of my eyes, so I went to the hairdresser. Thinking about how they sometimes have pretty long waiting times, when it's a busy day.
So I started just randomly drawing one of the chairs, hoping to add details of it, and of the interior. But just after a few minutes, I was already called for my hair cut. So I just left it, and later I added a little bit of hatching and some background decoration with grey brush pen, to make the page a little less 'bare'.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

You know I love drawing food and illustrating recipes. I was thrilled to see the hundreds (yes, really!) of fantastic recipes that Sketchbook Skool students shared in the 'Storytelling' kourse, when they were doing the homework I gave them. 

This kind of art just has to be shared, so we collected and bundled 18 of those recipes from our Storytelling students around the world.
And made an Ebook. It's free!

Get your copy of this free ebook by clicking the button below.

How To Find Subjects to Draw

In my online classes, I sometimes get the question: "how do you find subjects to draw?" Or "How do you get ideas for daily drawings?". Or people say "how do I make my art journal pages look interesting?" or "I don't have much time on my hands, so how do I make interesting entries in my art journal?"
Often, simply looking at what's already right in front of your face is all you need to find something to draw. There's always something lying around. Wether it's your breakfast, art supplies, a stack of books, a piece of fruit, your pet or even your partner. To just name a few of the endless possibilities.
You could take over an hour drawing it, layering your pencil colors, like I did in the drawing below.
Or make a little exercise out of it, making thumbnail drawings of the subject, using different techniques, like I did below. You can do as many thumbnails as your possibly limited time allows. For example, take 5 minutes for each drawing and fill a 15-minutes-pocket-of-drawing-time for 3 drawings!

If you like this approach and this way of finding time and subjects to draw, then I think you will definitely like my online workshop on art journaling! 
It's a 4-week online workshop, starting January 5, in which I guide you through the month of January, filling your art journal pages every single day. Seats are limited for this online class, so I can give my feedback, and personally come and give you a virtual kick-in-the-pants if necessary! When the course has ended, I will hand you a Workbook, that will keep you going in your new Art Habit in February as well. That's a lot of value, for only $69 if I may say so myself.
Annnnd... this will be the last time I am offering the workshop in this form!
So what are you still doing here? Click here to sign up for 'Awesome Art Journaling' right now!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Draw Tip Tuesday - Happy Holidays!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Let's doodle! Fill the white space, and surprise yourself with the result.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Have you started thinking of new years resolutions yet? Here’s a suggestion: Make Awesome Art!
I can help to get you going, and keep you going.
Would you like to kick-off the new year by filling your art journal pages every day in January? Click here and sign up for the online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' today!

Did you like this video? There is more where that came from! 
Don't wait for the perfect moment, the right art journal, or the magic pen that will make it happen. 
You can Make Awesome Art. Start today and click here to register for the online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling' now!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Journal page

These fuzzy slippers will be attached to my feet for the following few months. So they're worth drawing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Selfie in graphite

I realize I posted quite a few grumpy selfies lately. To make up for it, here's one with some more effort and time - I totally enjoyed doing this.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Draw Tip Tuesday: DIY Holiday Greetings

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
The pre-holiday-season-days can be so crazy, and you might even forget someone to send a Christmas card to.
Not to worry, just craft one yourself - it’ll be the best personal holiday wish they will receive!

And... if you're looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or a loved one: check out my online classes:
-Awesome Art Journaling; kick off the new year by filling your journal pages every day.
Starts January 5. Click here to find out more and to enroll in Awesome Art Journaling
-Just Draw It!; the 11th edition of the onine drawing course that'll make you surprise yourself.
Starts February 2. Click here to find out more and enroll in Just Draw It! 
-Draw it like it's Hot; drawing food and illustrating recipes
Starts March 2. Click here to find out more and enroll in Draw It Like It's Hot!
All these classes are taught in limited groups, so I can personally guide every participant and give my feedback on everything that's shared.
-How to design a character - the Workshop; design your own children's book character or cartoon character
This course is self-led, and on-demand, which means you can start RIGHT NOW! Click here to find out more and enroll in How to Design a Character 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

3 ways to stay sane

Sometimes it's all just a bit much. (Especially on Mondays.) 

You wake up to a brand new day, happy as can be, a fresh to-do-list waiting for you to start on after breakfast. All is well. But then something small happens that interferes with your mood.
 Like: You throw something in the garbage can that's already a bit too full, and because of that, you miss! Even before your first sip of coffee, you're mopping the kitchen floor. Grrrr.
 Or: You know you shouldn't, but you open your email while waiting for the kettle to boil... and there's an alarming email in there with a problem that needs to be fixed urgently. So much for enjoying your breakfast without hurry.
 Or: You planned to get out to run some errands, look out of the window and see the driveway all covered in snow. "Well that's just a great outlook," you hear yourself grown, "shovelling snow right after breakfast!"
Yeah, you know. Those kinds of things...
Don't let them ruin your day!
Here are three things you could do to stay sane:

Sometimes something small happens that can totally interfere with your good mood. Don't let it ruin your day.
*1 Sit down. Breathe in. Breathe out. Take out your smartphone, switch on the camera, make a face that represents your mood and take a selfie. Then, laugh about it. I know you don't want to, but if you put things in perspective - it's not that bad. You'll survive.
Use the photo to draw a selfie from. You'll feel so much better when you're drawing!
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*2 Plan something that takes your mind off of things. It could be making a selfie drawing like above, or a chat with a friend, but for me, working out is also a great outlet. I run, but I also do kickbox trainings and, a one-hour training really empties my mind completely.
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*3 Treat yourself.
It can be something small, like making yourself a fabulous cup of coffee and enjoy every sip of it.
Or, get inspired! Buy yourself something to look forward to:
get help reaching your artistic goals for the new year.
I'd love to help you with that. Click here to register for one of my online classes.
Oh and don't forget: keep breathing. Even if the day doesn't turn out the way you expected, you'll be fine. You can change the mood again.
And even when on some days it feels really hard to get over a threshold; take every opportunity to Make Awesome Art.
You can do it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What to do with that coffee addiction

We have a fancy espresso machine, but lately, it didn't work properly, so it's at the repairman for a few weeks. In the meantime, we're revisiting the Italian Mocha Pot. The efficacious way for a good, strong and sturdy, aromatic and great tasting cup of coffee.
So I took out my black watercolour paint and used that to portray the reliable coffee maker.