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An Inspiring Story

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, Draw Tip, sketchbook on December 17, 2018

Every week, I enjoy reading the comments on my Draw Tip Tuesday videos on youtube. Often, these comments are short thank you notes in all shapes and forms, but every now and then people share their revelations or leave quite heart-felt comments.

A couple of weeks ago, someone shared how she had been struggling to get back into the art making habit, due to her work schedule. Then from being busy, she started feeling lazy and uninspired. I think we’ve all been there. And from that place, it’s so hard to motivate yourself again!
So she hoped that when she traveled to see family, she’d get some inspiration by being in different surroundings. But of course, the family obligations were kind of an excuse to not take any time to draw. And on top of that: what would they think if they saw her working in her sketchbook?
Before she knew it, she had gone weeks without making any art. And because of that hiatus, she started to worry that the time would have effected her skills and her artist eye.
Oh my. Again – I think we’ve all been there.

Luckily, instead of lingering on that feeling for too long, she just took the plunge. When she was going out for a bite to eat, she simply grabbed her sketchbook and pens and did a quick sketch out in public. Of course, the gap of time without art making, had not broken her skills. She had known that all along, but still, only once the ink was flowing on her paper, she was reassured.
And that quick little sketch was her cue to get back into her daily habit of 20 minutes a day!

I just love her story – it’s inspiring, don’t you think? And with the holiday season in full swing, we can all use a bit of encouragement and inspiration to keep our art habit going. Even when there’s a lot of distraction and ‘reasons’ to skip our little pocket of art time. After all, (and I’ll keep reminding you of this:) making art makes you happy. And personally, if I am feeling happy, I’m a much nicer person to everyone around me.
So perhaps it’s even more important to keep your art habit going during busy times!

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.