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1. #watercolor #character #sketch for my #Sherlock #Thesis

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2. Horse Blue

          This is a redo of a sketch I did quite some time ago. I loved the sketch: The piece was created entirely in PhotoShop using a Wacom Intuos Tablet.

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3. SNOW, multitasking...and SUPER BOWL BOUND!!!

crazy couple of weeks (hence the lack of blogging-*hangs head in shame*) but i've been busy and that's a very good thing!

another good thing? i FINALLY got my SNOW!!! over 30"....not too shabby! 

and what's the greatest thing that's happened to me in the last 2 weeks? wait for it, wait for it....PEYTON MANNING IS SUPER BOWL BOUND!!! (should have just done a whole separate post for this one....LOVE THIS MAN) i cried like a baby. EVERYONE who knows me personally knows how much respect and love i have for this man...and have (loyally) for almost TWO DECADES. never wavered once. knowing this may be his last rodeo, well i want him to go out BIG! no one is more deserving. prayers and fingers crossed for a SB WIN on 2/7/16....although this man will ALWAYS be a WINNER to me! love you, Peyton Manning.

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4. A #Sherlock #sketch for no particular reason. #wabisabi #pencil

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5. Travel Journal Pages #5

It’s so great to go through all my travel sketchbook pages again. They contain so many memories!
So these are the last pages of my recent Thailand trip:

Flying back to amsterdam, waiting for a delayed flight in the China Airlines Lounge, and capturing some fun memories from our vacation.

Whenever you take a trip, I can highly recommend doing a page like the one below: drawing from memory and document the highlights of each day. So fun to remember those things you already almost forgot about – especially when you’re with a travel buddy, it’s a lot of fun to go through all the adventures together and capture them once more!


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6. Travel Journal pages #4

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start when you are somewhere and you want to capture the scene or the vibe, or all the colours that you see… Well I learned a fantastic trick from Miguel Herranz: capture parts of the scene in frames, and fill your page like that. 20160106_ChiangDao

If you draw a scene, but don’t have time to fill the whole page with all the things you see in the background, add lettering instead. A great way to document things and make notes so you won’t forget.20160106_lunch

Or if a scene overwhelms you, you could just use a tiny sketchbook, and make a quick, tiny drawing. When it’s small, you can’t add too much detail, so the size helps you to filter them out:


Here’s another way: to capture different moments all on one page:


What I also really like doing, is to use a grey brush marker to add quick background shapes – it adds a certain sense of depth to a line drawing.


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7. Travel Journal Pages #3

On my recent trip to Thailand, I brought a Moleskine, a tiny sketchbook for quick small sketches, and a Strathmore Grey toned peper sketchbook, which I dedicated a while ago to draw ‘places’ in. These can be interiors, or interesting places I visit – well anything really. For the drawings I use black pen and I hatch the colour in with colour pencils.

So I drew my view sitting in front of our hotel room in Chiang Mai City:


And I drew the most spectacular tree house in Rabaeng Pasak Treehouse Resort:20160102_Treehouse

And the view from the bed right after waking up in Lhongkao Resort:


And one at the last day before flying back to Amsterdam – the view from the hotel in Chiang Mai City: I did this drawing kind of rushed and I like it the least of this series, because it has no particular focus point and it looks a bit disorganized. But still – it contains great memories, and when I look at it i feel the heat again, hear the city sounds and the chattering of the people below the balcony. And capturing the moment and the memory is what it’s all about.

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8. Travel Journal Pages #1

Now that I’m catching my breath after the very exciting pre-launch week of the new term in Sketchbook Skool (you didn’t sign up for “Expressing” yet? Seriously? You still can; there are a few seats left! Click here to sign up right now before enrollment closes!), I would like to share my travel journal pages I filled during the trip to Thailand I came back from last weekend.


The excitement of a holiday starts in the plane! So great to kill time during a long flight. I didn’t even watch any movies; drawing this was very satisfying. After finishing, I put an eye mask over my eyes, an audiobook in my ears and managed to get a little bit of sleep.

You may have noticed I have visited Thailand more than once – I and my husband just really love the country. There are so many beautiful places to discover, the people are so lovely, the pace is so much slower than here in the Netherlands, the temperatures are so lovely in winter, and of course… the food is delicious!



We stayed in Chiang Mai City for the first days, to acclimatize a little and to shake off business and busy-ness.

And to spend new year’s eve.



The tradition of letting up paper lanterns for good luck is (although quite polluting) very magical.


I wanted to draw that! So I decorated the first page of my sketchbook – there was a LOT of hatching, I kept coming back to it to fill the dark sky.

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9. “Sherlock Holmes had sprung out and seized the intruder by...

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10. The Blues? No Way!

It’s been a while since I’ve drawn with a ball point pen, even though it is still one of my favorite art tools!

And you know, drawing can be done anywhere. Also in bed. I added a bit of blue watercolours too.20151219inbed

This drawing was a ‘quickie’, while sipping hot tea on the terrace of the restaurant near my home. It was a lovely sunny December day – hard to believe it’s winter!20151220_street

So. Nope, luckily I don’t have the blues, not in the negative sense of the word!


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11. Ok art nerds, who can name the book that this is out of? No...

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12. Sure. It looks like the same #sherlockholmes #character #sketch...

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13. A Maudlin Sketch

via Emergent Ideas A Maudlin Sketch

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14. A Maudlin Sketch

I did this sketch in my sketchbook. I guess I was feeling a little maudlin… Then I found this quote, which made me feel a little better. “Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good […]

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15. Taking your time

It’s busy at the moment, over here; I am moving my workspace, moving my website, working on material for the new Sketchbook Skool term in January 2016, while also moving and shaking things up inside of Sketchbook Skool to make things even better. Through busy times I discovered that whether you have just five minutes or a stretch of hours to make art, it’s still important that you take your time. If it’s a busy day, that’s no reason not to take out your sketchbook for just a quick sketch, even if it was just a few lines, just before going to bed. It might actually help you take your mind off of those to do lists, worries, or any thoughts racing through your head. Making the time to draw, and then taking the time for the process, is the best treat you can give yourself!
Lately on Sundays, I often enjoy the treat of a few hours of drawing in a row. Then I will make a more elaborate drawing, like this one, in my grey Strathmore art journal, using pen and colour pencils.

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16. A Christmas Karol!

I was going to write a blog post here, to update you about what’s coming up in 2016, in Sketchbook Skool. But I’ve got something better. Danny and I made a superfun holiday-themed video that says it all:


Sketchbook Skool is all about the Creative Community of both students and teachers- more than 10.000 people joined. Supporting each other, inspiring and nurturing each other’s art habits.
In 2016 we will offer new kourses, but also a lot of free stuff like ebooks, webinars, sketch challenges, artist interviews and videos, online and offline events and much more.

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17. these cafe days

Tampopo, Manchester
I saw a friend recently, who said "what have you been up to? Just going from café to café?" And, you know, from my drawings, it could look like that is all I do.
I do enjoy drawings in cafes though. They seem to combine all my favourite things; people, food and stuff, whilst being (mostly) warm and dry.
It's particularly useful, too, should you have forgotten to take your sketchbook out with you, if the café has paper place mats. I commend Tampopo for this. I managed to dig out an orange felt tip pen from the bottom of my bag for this one. I believe all cafés should use paper placemats. When I'm Prime Minister I will make it law.
The Plaza, Stockport
 One of my all time favourite cafes is the Plaza in Stockport. This place is an absolute hidden gem in a grey concrete city.
 It was built in 1932 and the café has pretty much stayed unchanged since then. It's like being on set of a Poirot film. Really very beautiful.
Plus, whoever was in charge of casting, has done a great job with the staff. Perfectly drawable café in every way.
 Then, the other day, we found a new café. I love it when that happens - when you find a new good café. Because, yes, I like a drawable café but the food is just as important.
And this one in Eyam 'plague village' ticked both boxes. I'll be returning. Next time, I'll sit in a different place, for a different view to draw.
Oil Can Café, Hepworth
 And so to today. The last café before Christmas.
But just to prove that I'm not always just sat around a table eating and drawing here's a something I did at work...
Merry Christmas folks.

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18. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town


Poor, misguided folks. They missed the whole point. Lot’s of unhappiness? Maybe so. But doesn’t Santa take a little bit of that unhappiness away? Doesn’t a smile on Christmas morning scratch out a tear cried on a sadder day? Not much maybe. But what would happen if we all tried to be like Santa and learned to give as only he can give: of ourselves, our talents, our love and our hearts? Maybe we could all learn Santa’s beautiful lesson and maybe there would finally be peace on Earth and good will toward men._Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town_ Movie

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19. Working on a #sketch for on of my Patreon supporters....

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20. Santa Claus In Comin To Town


It’s a difficult responsibility
When you an accept an appointment from His Majesty
You must strive for just the perfect quality
When you’re the first toy maker to the king!

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21. A closer look. #sketch #fallcolor #tree #SantaCruz #watercolor

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22. How it feels to be portrayed

I am so excited about the new Sketchbook Skool Kourse, which will launch early 2016. One of the new Fakulty members is illustrator, water colourist, art teacher, and wonderful artist Felix Scheinberger, and I was lucky enough to visit him in Berlin this summer to film his Klass for Sketchbook Skool. Here’s a little video I made when we went outside for a stroll and some filming.

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23. “Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make...

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24. What to do when the drawing outgrows the paper? #ThanksDegas...

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25. I’m probably a little too happy about the way that camera...

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