Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday : Draw It Like It's Hot!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Although this little video I made is not your regular weekly draw tip... I am sure you don't mind me sharing this to celebrate that my 4-week online workshop on drawing food and illustrating recipes is starting this Monday, June 1st!
Make sure you get yourself a seat in the online classroom, by clicking here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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!

Friday, May 15, 2015

30 Illustrated Recipes!

I am so happy this is happening.
Food Ink is on Amazon! The book is filled with 30 illustrated recipes by Me, Myself and I!
I just received the book in the mail and it feel soooo good to hold a copy in my hand.
Click here to get your own copy on Amazon

I am proud, and so happy how my design for the cover turned out. Salli and Nate, founders of TheyDrawandcook.com, who made this book-dream come true, did an amazing job designing the book. Yay!!

To get your own copy of the book for $14 click here!
You can learn to illustrate your own recipes too - by joining the workshop "Draw It Like It's Hot"! Together we will be be drawing food and illustrating recipes for 4 weeks long, taking it step by step.
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The foodie-art fun starts June 1st.
I'm not promising you'll be publishing your own cookbook after doing the workshop, but you never know! Your final piece of homework - your own illustrated recipe will be published on theydrawandcook.com, so your first online publication is very close! The costs? Only $69.
Click here to read more and to sign up.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Selfie Galore. And Two Tomatoes.

Eek! My favorite tools, color pencils, go so well with the toned paper as a background! I have to admit that the look of the portraits is a little bit too 'classical' for me, but I do like how layering pencil strokes deepens the colors of those tomatoes, and how the white pops!

And I really enjoyed doing that selfie on the left page. 
A while ago, I found a picture of me when I was little. I thought it was kind of cute and funny in an awkward way and I decided to draw a throwback selfie (?) from it.
Not much has changed since then huh? I have bangs now just like back then!
Speaking of selfies... Tomorrow, the online course called 'Seeing' starts at Sketchbook Skool.I just reviewed all lessons, and seriously, you don't want to miss this. 
In 6 weeks, you will learn to see better. Not because of a new pair of glasses, but you will develop a new way to use your eyes! You will learn from 6 different teachers: Danny Gregory, Cathy Johnson, Brenda Swenson, Andrea Joseph, Liz Steel, and myself. My Klass will be 'selfie galore', and I will help you explore how you see yourself and your art. 
This Kourse will change the way you see your world, and it starts tommorrow! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Background Pattern

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
What do you do when you think your drawing is missing something? Give it a little extra attention and perk it up with a colorful background!

I hope this video inspires you to make awesome art. If you want more inspiration, go to my website, koosjekoene.nl and sign up for one of my classes today!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crooked view

There is this tiny sushi bar close by where I live, and even though it's been there for a few years, I never got round to actually going there, although I love sushi. So, finally I did! I didn't have much time, but still I took out my sketchbook to draw the view while I waited for my order to be prepared.
very satisfying: I made a quick drawing AND had sushi, which was delicious by the way.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Draw Tip Tuesday - Draw Your Feet!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Do you ever feel like drawing.... and then you don't know what you actually should draw?
Look down! There you will find two very patient models - they're always there: your feet!

Will you let your feet inspire you today? Whatever you do, Make Awesome Art. For more inspiration, head on over to my website, koosjekoene.nl to join one of my classes today!

Monday, April 20, 2015

...and the winner is...

About a month ago, I shared the exciting news that I will have a book of my very own recipes published by the They Draw And Cook team!
I asked for your help then, on finding a good title for the book.
The amount of book title suggestions I got over the past weeks has been overwhelming, and it was so much fun to see what people came up with! Just a few examples are "From Palette to Plate", "Eat your Art Out", "Drawn to Cook", "Delicious Doodles", "The Kitchen Drawer", and many, many others.
However, there was one particular title that stood out for me, so that's the one I chose:
"Food Ink."
And the winner is... Marsha Gulick! She came up with this title, and I picked two second-place winners as well: Birgitte and Payal. They both came up with the title 'Drawn Appetit', which was my second choice.
Congrats to the winners!
And a big thank you to everyone who brainstormed with me. I loved getting all those creative and fun book title suggestions in my email inbox and through social media.
The book will be available on Amazon on May 1st! I'll keep you posted.

Other good stuff:

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Now that we're in the flow of foodie-art, you can now join my online workshop on drawing food and illustrating recipes: "Draw It Like It's Hot". The 4-week workshop starts June 1st and costs $69.
Get more info and enroll by clicking here.

More great news:

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"Stretching", the brand new 6-week Kourse in Sketchbook Skool has started on Friday, and this week's teacher, Jonathan Twingley kicks-off with an amazing Klass.
Don't miss it!
Click here to get more info about "Stretching" and to sign-up.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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.