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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. It’s an Animal Party today at the studio! #illustration...


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11. 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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12. 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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13. Travel Journal: Drawing Thai Boats

I still haven't shared all the drawings I made during my week in Thailand. Here's a drawing that took me over an hour and was an adventure from beginning to end.

Intrigued by all the colours of the Thai Fishermen's boats, I planted myself in the shade of the waiting area on the pier of the marina. Then, I took a good look first, to single out an area to draw. I chose this row of three boats and focused on those, so I would not get distracted by all the other colourful elements around them and in the background. Then I started drawing. Drawing all the lines and shapes (making a lot of use of negative spaces) was very interesting and challenging too, since the boats were floating and constantly moving a little bit, turning left and right, with the waves of the water. I just relaxed and whenever an element got out of view because of the swell of the sea, I just focused on another detail or shape, to get back to it later.
At some point when I was well into my drawing, a fisherman left with his boat that was on the right side of these three boats, so all three boats moved drastically towards the right, closer to the quay, and for a moment I was afraid that it would mess up the whole scene and my drawing, but all I needed to do, is move a little to the right so I had the same poit of view on the boats again.

Step by step, my drawing grew while I listened to the constant chatter and bustle around me on the pier. At some point I realized I had an audience: tuk-tuk drivers waiting for the next ferry to come in, were watching my drawing moves closely. When I looked around and up to them, they gave me encouraging thumbs up.
The moment I opened my travel watercolour box and waterbrush, I even heard a few 'ooh's' and 'aah's'.

As you can imagine, I was very proud when I finished the drawing and felt a great sense of accomplishment.

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14. Draw Tip Tuesday - golden oldies never really get old

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
And ... it's Throw Back Tuesday here today.
Why? Because golden oldies never really get old. So here's a fun video for you that will hopefully ignite you into some experimenting yourself.




If you'd like to learn more, have a look on my website: koosjekoene.nl, and sign up for one of my classes today!

The workshop 'Draw It Like It's Hot', on drawing food and illustrating recipes has started just yesterday, so you can dive right in. Click here to enroll and start right away.

Or you could start a daily drawing habit during my online workshop 'Awesome Art Journaling'. Click here for more info and to enroll.

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15. Travel Journal: Drawing Vehicles

In last Monday's blogpost I shared my adventure on drawing fishing boats from the pier in a Thai marina. On that same pier, I sat again the next day, to draw one of the many tuk-tuks on the island. I found a place in the shade, with a good view on a parked tuk-tuk. There was a little terminal post I sat on. Not very comfortable, but it gave me the right point of view and perspective to draw all the details of the motorcycle and its awesome cart build around it.
Again, I found myself drawing for an hour or so (my butt was totally numb after that!), and every now and then someone would walk over to stand behind me for a while. looking over my shoulder. The last 15 or 20 minutes of the drawing, one man stood behind me to follow the process intensely and each time I looked up, he would give me a big smile and a thumb up. I don't speak Thai and he didn't speak much English either, so 'good' and 'thank you' were pretty much the words we exchanged.
After adding the last bit of colour, I told him it was finished and he wanted to take a picture of the final drawing with his mobile phone. After that, he thanked me and walked over to the tuk-tuk to drive off with it. I hadn't realized he had been waiting for me to finish the drawing. So I apologized and thanked him about a million times (I am glad I know how to do that in Thai!). It was really awfully kind of him, and I felt kind of bad for letting him wait and maybe miss out on clients! I felt relieved when 10 minutes later I walked by the tuk-tuk, parked in front of a house in town. it had a blanket over the motor so that indicated he was done for the day. The driver had been on his way home anyway and I believe he was proud that his tuk-tuk was being portrayed and it was worth a little bit of hanging around on the pier before heading home. Otherwise I'm sure he wouldn't have waited for me to finish the drawing, and just drive off anyway.

Later that day, I added a little layer of coloured pencil, to deepen the colours and add some more depth and contrast to the drawing. I left room for writing on the right side of the page and I might as well still write this story there.

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16. Travel Journal: Beach Memories

Keeping a travel art journal has so many benefits. While drawing, you enjoy the moment so much more, your senses open up and you really look at your surroundings. It makes you appreciate the place, the moment, your time, and it makes you realize how lucky you are to be where you are.
Plus, you're creating a book of memories to never forget.
Seeing this drawing again brings me right back to the warm breeze on my skin, the sound of the wind through the palm tree leaves and the sound of the waves. 

 

After doing the drawing above, a lady who worked at the beach restaurant came over curiously and flipped through my sketchbook. Then she asked me to draw her. I felt challenged, I never did something like that on request, but I thought 'why not?' and gave it a go, next to a bunch of blind contour drawings I made of my husband earlier that day. 
The drawing doesn't look much like her, but it was a nice and intimate moment and a great way to connect with a local anyway. I asked her name, which was Tui, and then I asked her to write it on the drawing. Not my best drawing ever, but a wonderful memory.





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17. Travel Journal: Studies

When on vacation, there is plenty of drawing time, and 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.

During my trip to Thailand in February, one morning I sat down after breakfast to have a very, very long look at the surf. Then I looked some more. And even more. I focused on the patterns the water made, the ripples, the waves, the foam and air bubbles, the swirls and movements of the water, the reflections and the transparency. The constant moving of the subject was very challenging, but I just got into the page and started drawing bits and pieces, focusing on the different aspects and trying to translate them onto the paper, discovering new things with each pen stroke and with each long stretch of looking at the sea. This whole process gave me a lot of insights and was very interesting.

Another thing I don't draw often: animals. I don't have pets, and even though I love looking at dogs and other animals - I hardly draw them because I don't seem to get the chance. Which basically means that I never take the chance to draw an animal.
In thailand, I got lucky because I found myself sitting close to sleeping cats a few times. A great opportunity to study and learn.
Even on lazy holidays, there's always room to study and learn.

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18. Travel Journal: In Transit

When you're traveling and you have a lot of hours to kill, you might as well enjoy the ride (or flight) and make a drawing of it.

I hope you liked my little blog series here on travel journaling. I loved sharing the drawings I made in Thailand in February and it brought back the wonderful layed-back attitude and feeling again.

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19. A Moment of Zen

Life can get seriously busy. To not loose your mind, you have to stop. Breathe. Relax. Drink a cup of calming tea.

That's exactly what I did when I made this drawing.
Planted at a table near the window so I could get some daylight in my eyes and soak up some energy, I started drawing some of the glasses on the bar, and grew the drawing from there, adding bits and pieces around it. Line by line, while drinking my tea with the fitting name 'Zen'. Sip by sip. It took me over an hour. People came in and left again. When someone was in my way because they were waiting to pay at the bar, I just concentrated on another detail that I could see. It was very satisfying, taking my time and absorbing the details, the chattering, the music (Stevie Wonder) that was played. When I look back at this page and the hatching lines in it, I feel the relaxing mood again.
I love it when that happens.


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20. Journeys in your art journal

Traveling can feel like magic. You step into a plane or a train and a few hours later, you're in such different surroundings, and there can be so much to explore. Both while on the move and after arrival. But even without leaving, places like airports and train stations can be a fantastic place to hang around. On a Sunday afternoon, I sat down with sketch pal and while we chatted, we sketched. It really wasn't the other way around - we just had a lot of catching up to do.
While the hustle and bustle of people leaving and arriving went on one floor below,  I chose to draw part of the train station that felt a little bit like a museum. Silent, not much people in sight, and great architecture in sight:


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21. one of the issues of working with marker pens

That is all.
Bugger.

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22. Is it summer yet?

Okay I know, it's just spring since a few days - still I wonder: Is it summer yet? I'm so looking forward to have one of those Shakerato's on a warm day!

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23. Music to my ears - and eyes

Music can influence the way you draw. In a positive way.
The drawing below, was done while listening to this singer songwriter's performance, which was kind of intimate and relaxed. Everyone was silently sitting and listening closely, so I had a lot of life models to draw while enjoying the music:

At first I was kind of intrigued by the percussionist, playing 'the chair' (yes he was actually using a simple wooden chair and his brushes) but once the trio below got into their jazz improvisation, my pen started moving in their rhythm and it was wonderful a wonderful feeling. After drawing the Jazz combo, I looked around and noticed a lot of people in the audience were tapping their feet in the air, following the music. So I drew some of those moving feet:

At home, there's a lot of music every day. Even though the drawing below doesn't show any resemblance of my husband, this is a precious sketchbook spread, because it's a memory of a moment in the day where the both of us are doing what we love:

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24. 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.

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25. Sushi!

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.

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