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1. Amsterdam Canal

Great view. And it's all mine!

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2. Greetings from Amsterdam!

I realize time and time again that I am a real city girl. Sure, sometimes the busyness of the city and the rush the city is in and the impatience people have sometimes gets on my nerves. But mostly, I enjoy living in the city. And even in a busy city like Amsterdam, you can always find sweet, quiet spots that make you forget about location overall.
At least I don't need to worry there's nothing to draw, that's for sure!



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3. Perfection Is Not the Point

Do you have an inner art supply monster?

Whenever I visit an art supply shop, this is what happens: 
I forget the world around me completely and I feel the exact same way as I used to feel when I was little, visiting a candy shop or toy store. There is SO much to see, there is SO much I want to try and play with! Suddenly, time doesn't exist and all my focus goes into feeling the structure of sketchbook paper, smelling crayons, trying pens, wondering about techniques and endless possibilities. Sometimes I even start sweating a little just because of all the choices there are. I can't walk out of an art supply shop or stationary shop without buying anything. Even if it's just a pencil sharpener - I will get my fix! But usually, I walk out with a lot more than just a modest pencil sharpener...
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It's even worse when visiting art supply shops in different cities or countries. 
Finding brands that are hard to find in Amsterdam makes me greedy. 
When I visited New York, my suitcase was so heavy when I travelled back home after a few days: I had collected a huge stack of sketchbooks!
Recognize this kind of behaviour? I'm sure you do!

And then what?

Some people find it so hard to start a new sketchbook or art journal. All those sketchbooks need to be filled - and the fact that they are hard to come by and kind of precious because of that, could become a threshold to crack them open. 
Have you ever felt the fear of "spoiling" your nice journals? Or do you just dive in, and see each blank page as a new corner of your creative playground. To make some kind of art everyday, to experiment and to record whatever captures your attention that day?

Is an art journal supposed to be a book full of perfect pages?

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Not much of a view during the 4-hour train ride - still I enjoyed myself thanks to my sketchbook
To me, perfection is NOT the point. Sure, it's great to have a collection of beautiful drawings, but my art journals reflect my days. They contain memories. They help me kill time when travelling or waiting. They help clear my mind. Even a crappy drawing of a fun moment is a well kept memory. Or the other way around: a fun drawing changes how you feel about a boring moment. Perhaps the not-close-to-perfect drawings even have more character as well!

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4. a bit about perseverance

At the half time break, at life drawing this evening, I was ready to give up forever. I wanted to sneak out, go home and never pick up my pens again. My drawings were an embarrassment and why was I even at life drawing? I shouldn't be there. I didn't deserve to be there - not with what I was producing. I, obviously, was getting ideas above my station going to life drawing. But I finished my cuppa and went back in. I persevered and I'm glad I did. I pulled this one out of the bag. And now I can carry on drawing for a bit longer. 

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5. More Paris pages

Here's a few more sketchbook pages I made during my weekend in Paris. Great memories!

people sitting alone are often playing with their mobile phones; that way they sit perfectly still for a sketch



this drawing took 2 cappuccinos and a mineral water and some perseverence
quick last sketches before catching my train back home

in the train back to amsterdam

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6. Paris, je t'aime!

Oh lala, how I would love to trade my Dutch accent for a French one!

This weekend I treated myself to an early birthday present and hopped on the high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. I hardly got the chance to answer my emails, listen to a podcast and do a couple of drawings - in less than 4 hours time I was brought to a different world: Paris!

Ever since I visited last year to shoot Jean-Christophe Defline's lesson videos for the Sketchbook Skool Kourse 'Storytelling", I wanted to come back to Paris, for pleasure. We shot fantastic footage and got a quick feel of the Paris atmosphere, but when doing production work like that - you're not really there with your full attention. Things need to be checked off; great filmic shots need to be made, video lectures need to be managed and art demonstrations need to be documented. All in a short amount of time. With great results, thanks to our camera man and the charming Jean-Christophe. Storytelling starts this Friday - you don't want to miss it - there is so much good stuff in there. To learn more and to sign up, click here

So yeah, finally this weekend I went back there.
And it was even more wonderful than I thought it would be.
Right after arriving I had lunch with Jean-Christophe and we went outside to do some sketching for Sketchbook Skool's summer kourse (yes, it'll be announced soon and I promise it'll be a fun kourse!).


What followed was a two-and-a-half-day sketching spree, between visiting museums. These are my toned paper sketchbook drawings*:





Can you tell I enjoyed myself?
I think I'll be buying myself (early birthday) presents like these more often.

*The toned paper sketchbook is from Strathmore. The white details are done with a white gelpen: a Uni-ball Signo broad.

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7. More inky beginnings! #studio #bookart #Sketch #drawing #ink...


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8. WARNING: freaky ventriliquist dummy alert

If you follow my blog you may well know
that I draw anywhere and everywhere.
But where better than somewhere that combines your other interests. And I bloody love stuff. Old stuff. Which is why I love the antique auctions.
Which is why I love an antique auction house. Today I was at Adam Partridge's auction house in
Where else can you sit on an antique chair and draw surrounded  by spooky ventriloquist dummies and tiny chaise longue? 
 
And then there's the vast array of fabulous and insane subject matter. It's everything I love in one afternoon.
 And if I'm drawing I'm not bidding.
Although, I always end up bidding too. Not on the spooky dummy though. Not this time anyway.

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9. How an #ink #drawing starts. #Sketch #studio #bookart (at 17th...


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10. Getting the hang of it

That brown paper background seems to work really good with black pen, a pinch of white, grey brush pen and a dash of 1 colour.

I enjoyed doing this drawing of people listening to my husband's band playing. It felt like my pen caught up the rhythm.


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11. Rainy Days in Amsterdam

We're already deep into may, but I still think these April drawings are worth posting:
April 25 was the quarterly Worldwide Sketchcrawl day. In Amsterdam, we gathered with about 30 people and mostly sketched inside, avoiding the rain. We basically took over 't Blauwe Theehuis, which is a great tea house in the middle of Vondelpark.




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12. May Sketch




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13. Oh well...

I felt kind of lucky with such a neat first entry in my toned paper sketchbook. Later that week, I carved out a little bit of time and found a street bench where I sat down to draw the bicycle that was in front of me. I got totally absorbed by the negative spaces, the shades and complex shapes and forgot about the possibility that the bicycle would be parked there forever. So it took me by surprise when the owner of the bike walked up and wheeled my subject away before I finished drawing it.
Oh well...
There are many bicycles in Amsterdam actually that look like this: with one of the wheels snatched off. So the drawing doesn't even stand out that much. But next time, I might better choose to draw a bicycle like that!


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14. A fun little private comission! #pig #owl #pen #ink #Sketch (at...


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15. Mr. Badger makes a visit to the MacDougall’s in Mythwood

Recently I decided to follow Mr. Badger along as he paid a visit to a friend in Mythwood.

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16. 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.

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17. Mr. Badger makes a visit to the MacDougall’s in Mythwood....

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18. the fear of a people sketcher


Yesterday I went back to Gallery Oldham where I'd previously done research for the Museum job that I've talked about in my last posts. This time though I returned for a little mini sketch meet up with some friends.
When I was there last time I made this sketch, below, of the guy who worked in the gallery's lovely Naked Bean cafe. It was a sneaky sketch, I didn't show him but I did post the sketch on Twitter and the cafe saw it. They said that he loved it - even though i'd made him look pretty grumpy in it. Which he wasn't. He was the opposite to grumpy. 
Anyway, yesterday, when I returned and with the knowledge he was happy with the sketch I took the opportunity to get a photo of him with it. He said "I've never been drawn before. It made my day. I put it on Facebook and everything".
think the fear for all of us that sketch people is their response to it. Will they be offended? Will they hate it? I know it's my fear which is why I don't often show them. But his response made my day. This time it paid off.

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19. Hey kid, kick up your heels! #pencil #Sketch #dancing #pig #goat...

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20. I’m enjoying working on this #PetPortrait #Commission of a...

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21. It’s an Animal Party today at the studio! #illustration...


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22. 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!

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23. Somebody’s getting a cool present! #illustration...


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24. Things are coming along on this private comission! #watercolor...


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25. Mr. Badger makes a visit to the MacDougall’s in Mythwood


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