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Big feet

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook on November 29, 2018

Ever since I started sharing my creative explorations, I’ve grown more and more comfortable with my online presence over the years. It started with a simple blog where I posted drawings, just to give myself a stage and to connect with other bloggers and artists. Since the beginning, I post things that I make. Sometimes I share thoughts, ideas, breakthroughs, blocks, or struggles. In addition to my blog, I found YouTube as another stage, where I started using video to share ideas and tips. Those first videos look totally awkward, but by now, I have grown more confident on video. Just by doing it a lot. I now make many videos for Sketchbook Skool and for my weekly Draw Tip Tuesday videos.
I realize that people who follow me online know my face, but I don’t know theirs. Which is a little strange. I love to read comments people leave on my videos, but still, all I can do is imagine a person belonging to that online voice.

I also came to realize something else last month. During Sketchkon (read my last post if you missed it!), I met so many people who were there to celebrate creativity. Some of them told me they love Tuesdays because of my Draw Tip Tuesday videos. That is such a great compliment, so encouraging amd heartwarming!
But not only that… a LOT of them said: “I didn’t realize you were so tall”. And I understand. On video, you can’t really see how tall someone is, that’s true. So if someone in your mind is petite, and then when they stand in front of you turn out to be a giant… well that must be quite strange!

Well, I am from the Netherlands and my height is just a bit above average, so here in the Netherlands I’m not a giant. I am 1,75 meter, which translates into 5,7 ft.

My length, and the many comments I got about it recently, inspires me to share a bunch of drawings from some of my recent sketchbooks. A collection of feet.
My feet are in proportion with my length. It means I have big feet. But in proportion. Anyway –  I can use it to my advantage, because I love drawing my feet, so I guess there’s more to draw. Also, when not wearing my glasses or contact lenses, I can still see them. Hah.

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.