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1. Amsterdam Canal

Great view. And it's all mine!

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2. Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Hatch - part 2

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Remember how I showed you how to do hatching and cross hatching in last week’s episode?
I’ll do a quick drawing of a jar in my kitchen, to show you how you can use the techniques in your daily drawings.

Why don’t you try it yourself, with an everyday item? It’s a fun exercise to do and I’m sure you will make awesome art!

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3. Draw Tip Tuesday: How to Hatch - part 1

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today we’ll get back to some basics: The hatching technique.

Next week, I’ll show you a quick drawing, using the hatching technique
I hope this inspired you to make awesome art.

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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. Challenge Accepted

This Strathmore sketchbook has been sitting on the shelf for a few months now. It's a sketchbook with a built-in challenge: it has toned paper.
I love using brown paper bags, or recycled cardboard boxes, as a background to draw on. So a whole sketchbook filled with brown paper must be seriously fun!
However, it's also a bit of a challenge. There are quite a few limitations to this paper and I need to find out which they are, apart from: the paper isn't white.
It will hold watercolors, even though the paper will buckle, but am I going to like it? Not sure - to find out, I'm gonna have to try.
For the first page, I sat down on a street bench late afternoon, listening to an audiobook on my headphones and diving right in with my black pen, trying to discover how much hatching/crosshatching I should add, and finishing with a few white highlights. A great start! If I may say so myself.

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6. Draw Tip Tuesday - Draw what's in front of you

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Do you ever hear yourself think: I have nothing to draw... draw what's in front of you!
It'll be a great opportunity to explore techniques.

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7. 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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8. Draw Tip Tuesday - Adding a Background

Remember  drawing the item that was right in front of you last week? Well, It may be a good idea to add a little color to that drawing today.
You could color your flower like you would a coloring page, but let’s focus on the background, and see what we can do with that ‚blank canvas’ there.

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9. 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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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. 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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12. 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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13. 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.
Barbara x 4
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

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14. 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.

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15. 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

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16. 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

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17. 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.

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

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19. 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!

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20. 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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21. 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.

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22. 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.

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23. 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.

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24. 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!

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

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