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As a kid, born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I drew all the time… and I never stopped.

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.

I know how it feels to be ‘stuck’, not knowing what to do next or how to develop your own style in drawing. Once, I felt frustrated about my creative life too, even though I was working in the creative business. By picking up my pencils and getting back to using simple and basic techniques, I found my creative voice again and haven’t stopped using it ever since.

In 2014 together with Danny Gregory, I founded Sketchbook Skool, an online art school designed to inspire creative storytelling through illustrated journaling. Sketchbook Skool encourages its global community to draw and, nurture creative habits, and keep a sketchbook regardless of skill level. Currently, I am taking a sabbatical and learning lots of new things!

Koosje Koene


Hi there, thank you for visiting my website! I’m Koosje, and I’m an Illustrator living in Amsterdam. I love drawing and I do it every day. On this website I hope to inspire you to develop a drawing habit too. Below you will find my newest drawings and blogs, fun facts about me as an artist, and my art classes.


  • Flow Magazine
  • Draw Tip Tuesdays
  • They Draw And Cook
  • Food Ink
  • Millie’s Marvelous Monsters
  • The three little Pigs book illustration


  • Sketchbook Skool
  • Draw It Like It’s Hot
  • Awesome Art Journaling

Art Mediums

  • Ball Point
  • Ink
  • Watercolour
  • Oil
  • Digital

Things I Love

  • Food
  • Running
  • Coffee
  • Travelling


  • DIY Projects
  • Drawing Food
  • Sketching Each Day
  • Photography
  • Teaching Art


  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
  • Other artists
  • Films
  • Friends and family