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About

As a kid, born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I drew all the time… and I never stopped.

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.

I know how it feels to be ‘stuck’, not knowing what to do next or how to develop your own style in drawing. Once, I felt frustrated about my creative life too, even though I was working in the creative business. By picking up my pencils and getting back to using simple and basic techniques, I found my creative voice again and haven’t stopped using it ever since.

In 2014 together with Danny Gregory, I founded Sketchbook Skool, an online art school designed to inspire creative storytelling through illustrated journaling. In Sketchbook Skool, we bring you as close as possible to the world’s best illustrators, artists and educators. Through our videos, you get to hang out with these artists. Think about Studio tours, drawing demonstrations, tool kit talk, sketch stories, interviews, inspiring documentaries, sketchbook tours and much more. Sketchbook Skool encourages its global community to draw and, nurture creative habits, and keep a sketchbook regardless of skill level.

Koosje Koene

 

Hi there, thank you for visiting my website! I’m Koosje, and I’m an Illustrator living in Amsterdam. I love drawing and I do it every day. On this website I hope to inspire you to develop a drawing habit too. Below you will find my newest drawings and blogs, fun facts about me as an artist, and my art classes.

Illustrator

  • Flow Magazine
  • Draw Tip Tuesdays
  • They Draw And Cook
  • Food Ink
  • Millie’s Marvelous Monsters
  • The three little Pigs book illustration

Entrepreneur

  • Sketchbook Skool
  • Draw It Like It’s Hot
  • Awesome Art Journaling

Art Mediums

  • Ball Point
  • Ink
  • Watercolour
  • Oil
  • Digital

Things I Love

  • Food
  • Running
  • Coffee
  • Travelling

Hobbies

  • DIY Projects
  • Drawing Food
  • Sketching Each Day
  • Photography
  • Teaching Art

Inspirations

  • Humor
  • Amsterdam
  • Other artists
  • Sketchbook Skool students
  • Films
  • Friends and family