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Paint First Draw Later

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on July 14, 2020

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

When I am drawing in my sketchbook, I often start with line. Then once I have something that seems like a decent drawing, I’ll often want to add color. But with some subjects, it can be a bit daunting to start with line. Think about complicated shapes like a chair, your hand, or a plant with a lot of leaves. Instead of trying to capture all the leaves of a plant, it makes more sense to start with the color.

So today we’ll start with paint, and then draw.

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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.