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A Portrait

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook on February 9, 2018


I don’t have any pets, but I do have a dog. It’s the stuffed animal that I’ve had since I was born, and I held on to it as a kid. Many stuffed animals would come and go, some would be very popular for a while, but this one was always my favorite. I named him ‘Hond’, which is Dutch for ‘Dog’. Oh yes, I was a very creative kid.
My mom brought Hond a little while ago, she was cleaning up and asked me what to do with it. She curled him up on the chair in my little office room slash walk-in closet.
What to do with Hond? Well, first of all: draw him!

Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.