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1. Draw Tip Tuesday: Water Soluable Ink Painting!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Last week we made this sketch, and used this fineliner with soluble ink. Today we will need water and a brush.


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2. 3 things NOT to do for your creative habit

So the other day I had a conversation with someone who loves to draw but doesn't seem to get into the habit. As with every habit, you may need to push yourself a little bit before it becomes something that you have implemented in your life or schedule.
 
Here's 3 tips for you to give you a little (and maybe much needed) kick-in-the-pants:
 
1. Don't make it any bigger than it is with thoughts like: "I want to draw. I really should draw. I should make time to draw. I should pack my drawing things and then go and draw".
That first thought: Yes!!
The ones that follow, though - boo! As soon as you feel the need to draw: do it! There's always a pen around -grab it! And even if you don't have a sketchbook lying around, grab something to draw on - it could simply be the back of an envelope! 
And draw.
 
2. Don't make the subject too important. Are you really expecting to sit down and make a masterpiece? Do you really have to find a very specific subject?
Honestly, I think you're simply procrastinating!
Simply draw stuff that's lying around. as soon as you feel that urge or have the thought: I want to draw: don't go look for things, just draw what's there.In the drawing below, I drew my husbands little black old suitcase that's filled with all sorts of stuff he uses for his music and instruments.


I had this other conversation with someone else, who said she caught herself being a total couch potato lately. Well I don't blame you if you show any of that lazy couch potato symptoms - we all have busy schedules and at the end of the day there's not much energy left!
But to nurture that creative habit of yours - you can still squeeze in a drawing. It's not like it's as hard as getting your butt off the couch and out to the gym or something... no it's a fantastic way to wind down and to relax!
3. Don't forget drawing is something you love doing
Whether you take just 5 minutes or longer - either way it's rewarding and very satisfying too.


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3. You don't know me but I know you

A couple of weeks ago I was at a food truck festival. It had everything good you can imagine: Great food, beautiful old (and new) food trucks and caravans, music, and a nice vibe. Music was provided by my husband and his band, Dirt Road Music Band. (Like them on Facebook!)
That's how I got to the festival in the first place. He has gigs often and sometimes I tag along, but most of the time I don't. But when there's food involved and I feel it's a great opportunity to draw, I'm in! So I got in the car with him and we drove to den Bosch, just a little over an hour from Amsterdam.
While the band was setting up their gear and instruments, I walked around, tasted some of the food and found a perfect spot to sit and draw.

After putting down my first three pen strokes, a lady came up to me and said: "Koosje?"
I was surprised because I don't know anyone in den Bosch, and she explained: "you don't know me but I know you'". She has done one of my online classes and is a Sketchbook Skool student. She even started apologizing for not drawing that much lately, but now that she saw me sketching there, the itch to draw was coming back. She didn't join me though - her husband was patiently waiting for her to move on...
I can't help it but this unexpected meeting and chat made me kind of feel like a celeb, so I had to share it with you.

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4. Draw Tip Tuesday: A Quick Portrait Sketch

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Today we will use a fineliner. It can be just a cheap fineliner, in fact that's even better because we want the ink to be water-soluble!
Let’s draw a portrait today - Yes, you can do it... It’s like drawing any other shape.
  

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5. 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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6. 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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7. Amsterdam Canal

Great view. And it's all mine!

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8. Who needs a selfie stick anyway?

You see those selfie sticks popping up everywhere. It is so funny to see people get into awkward positions for just the right shot on their smartphone at the end of the stick...
But really, who needs that if you can DRAW a selfie? Drawing self portraits really never gets boring. Results are always different, and it's a great way to try techniques and tools too. 
This one is done on Strathmore toned paper with cheap gel pens and a white color pencil.


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9. Summer in Amsterdam!

Summer in the city! Gosh we are lucky lately, with wonderful days of warm sunny weather. 
What do you do when the weather is so gorgeous? Head outside and draw, of course!


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10. Draw Tip Tuesday: Lettering with 3D effect!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Remember Last week’s juicy watercolor exercise?
Well I promised you to add some lettering so here goes!
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11. Yummy Summer Salad Recipe

Great news:
You can learn how to illustrate recipes, and to draw food in just 4 weeks! Online, from your own lazy chair if you will. My new online boutique workshop 'Draw It Like It's Hot' starts September 21!
Seats are limited, so get your seat today by clicking here!

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12. Off to the beach

The beach! The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and the sea gulls, the warm wind on your skin... staying out of the sun and in a shaded area, I could spend hours, drawing and enjoying thins place.


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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. A fun little private comission! #pig #owl #pen #ink #Sketch (at...


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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. 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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24. 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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25. 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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