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Trust the Process and Things Will Work Out

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, sketchbook on April 4, 2021

Yes, I know. I haven’t been posting drawings or stories for a long time here on my blog. Instagram seemed to have become the place for quick updates and sharing images.
However, Instagram (or social media in general) is still limited, and of course there’s the whole deal with algorithms deciding for you what you want to see. 

So here I am, coming out of the woodwork*, writing a quick blog post, to share just a nice moment with you that I captured in my sketchbook, and a little peek into my drawing process.

Right after dinner, we were still sitting at the dining table, sipping wine and listening to eighties music that gave us a little trip down memory lane. I grabbed my sketchbook to capture the moment (and by drawing it, enjoying and extending it even more), and started drawing the empty plates and dishes, and my husband. As very often happens, I didn’t plan ahead and soon enough I realized I didn’t leave enough space to fit his head onto the page if I would draw things in proportion. So I decided todraw his head very small. It almost looks intentional.

And that’s the thing: if during the drawing process you dare to trust that things will work out, they work out. You might not feel that confidence, but you still can allow yourself to be playful and enjoy coming up with creative solutions to creative problems (that you created for yourself without intending to). 

*For the past months, I have been enjoying a sabbatical. Currently, I am working on ideas that have emerged during that time, and on a few exciting projects. Soon I’ll be ready to tell you more about that.

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.