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Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, Draw Tip, sketchbook on December 15, 2017

It’s interesting how friendships happen and grow. Years ago (it feels like ages, but it’s not even THAT long ago), maybe about 10 years or so, I started to discover how magical it was to connect to people through the internet. I had just started a blog – without much of a purpose or a goal to it, except that the blog would be my ‘stage’ to perform my arts on. Well, I basically posted drawings I made. I got inspired by other people’s blogs – the way they wrote, and the art they posted. So I would follow them and comment on their blog posts every now and so often. When they would comment on my posts too, I would be delighted! And not only that… some of those people I connected back then have been friends ever since.

Blogging has changed a lot, the internet has changed. And with Instagram…. there is just an endless source of art candy and eye candy that lives on our phones.

Still, those people from back then, when ‘it all started for me’, my sharing of the creative path, we keep on following each other’s creative developments. We encourage each other, we might even meet each other in real life at some point. And we send each other cards too!

Here’s a greeting card I made. Inspired in the ‘Let’s Make Greeting Cards’ Sketchbook Skool kourse, I wanted to send Vanessa Brantley Newton a hand made card. I’ve been a big fan of ever since I found her work via Illustration Friday. I used to submit art there according to their weekly topics, and so did she. I was lucky enough to finally meet her via Skype. You should have seen us – the both of us could hardly contain our happiness of seeing each other’s faces and hearing each other’s voices after all those years.
After the Skype call I made her a card:

And then weeks later, this weekend I found this hand made card from her in my mailbox:

This says SO much more than all the hearts and comments you can give on Instagram, Facebook, or a blog post.

Who are YOU sending a card to, just to tell them you appreciate and cherish their friendship?


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.