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The Croissant, The Muse

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook on December 6, 2018

When someone who doesn’t know me at all would go through my sketchbooks, they would think I am always hanging out in cafés and bars. They’ll see page after page of sketches done over coffee, or while waiting for my food to arrive at a restaurant. Well, I do take myself on a coffee date every now and then, for sure, but in fact I mostly make my own coffee. At home. But hey, when there’s time for coffee, it means there’s time for a sketch too! Plus… I am kind of obsessed by sketching croissants. I love their shape, the flakey texture, the buttery shine, the color, the way they can be filled with chocolate or covered with melted cheese.
So if I am at a coffee bar where they have a display with pastries, cakes and croissants – I want to sit as close as I can so I can draw these beauties!
Here’s a few croissant-oriented sketches from my recent sketchbooks:

I vividly remember the Saturday morning that I made this drawing below. I had two aeropress coffees while I made this drawing. I started by drawing the croissants in the middle and sort of ‘knitted’ my way around the drawing. It’s a little like making a puzzle. Bits and pieces fall into eachother and it’s so rewarding when it all seems to fit. So relaxing!

I didn’t make this drawing below. My friend Joanna did. She lives in the US and I live in the Netherlands so we don’t get to see each other that often. We met up last month in Pasadena, California,  the day before SketchKon started. We both saw the Matcha Green Tea Croissant in the display, so we ordered it along with our coffees. Not because we wanted to eat it per se, but because we wanted to draw it. We swapped sketchbooks and made a drawing in each other’s sketchbooks. I love this memory and an original piece of Joanna’s art in my sketchbook!

Here’s a picture of the drawing I did in her sketchbook:

So Croissants as an obsession… as my muse. Not weird at all. What’s your sketch-obsession?

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.