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Don’t Forget To Revamp!

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, Draw Tip, sketchbook on July 9, 2018

Habits. We all have them.

Good ones and bad ones. Old ones, and hopefully new ones too.
I am a creature of habit, following routines I feel comfortable in. But at the same time, I like to shake things up every now and so often. The creative habit for example, thrives by being reinvented regularly.

It can be simple like:
-Change the tool you use to make art with.
Pick up a brush instead of a pencil
-Choose a different sketchbook size or format.
You will notice that your art will change and that you may need to use different tools or techniques.
-Come up with a theme or subject that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
A little challenge shakes things up for sure – but keep it playful and fun.
-Find a buddy to make art together
You will inspire each other with ideas and techniques.

Those are just a few ideas that pop up in my mind – maybe you want to try them to revamp your art habits!

The power of revamping

I sure needed a revamp – and no, I am not talking about my new haircut.
After more than 5 years (!) of weekly (!) Draw Tip Tuesday videos, I wanted to spice things up a little.

Over the years I have learned so much about making videos and sharing tips through YouTube and my blog, and if I watch some of the older videos I can see how much progress I made. (not just in production value but also in my drawing skills!)
Now it was time to take things to another level. When I began with the series, I didn’t feel comfortable to be in the shot myself. Besides, I would argue when contemplating, the videos aren’t about me, they need to be focused around making art, and around light instructions. So for years, I only recorded my hands drawing and my voice explaining.

This week I launched a new way of producing my videos and if I may say so myself, I like what I see. I hope you agree that it’s more inviting and personal while it looks clean and professional, and still focuses mainly on the weekly tip. Boom!
Have a look yourself and watch the latest Draw Tip Tuesday by clicking here.

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.