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New York Sketchbook Pages

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook on May 3, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the week in New York City. I was there to see Danny so we could work on our plans and ideas for Sketchbook Skool. Usually, we talk daily via Slack and video calls, but being in the same room for a few days in a row makes a difference in productivity and creativity. It was great to have ideas simmer for a while and pick them up again after a couple of days, meanwhile working on timelines, strategies and new plans.

Plus, being in an inspiring city like New York, that’s a treat! So I was happy we had a full week to work together, which gave us some time in the schedule for relaxing and fun too. I don’t think I ever filled as many sketchbook pages during one of our ‘summits’ before, as I did now.

It started in the taxi from the airport. A wobbly drawing, trying to capture the yellow cab’s interior: I stayed in a hotel, which was well accommodated, but the ‘express breakfast’ in the windowless bar, with its plastic-cup fruit was just a little bit sad. So the first morning I just drew some of the people there minding their own business while shoveling in their toast, and quickly made my way to the coffee bar around the corner. Great coffee in a very nice interior.One afternoon I drew the view from y hotel window……and eating (and drawing) at a NY diner is something I just had to do…Each morning I was up early, so I could go for a morning run through the city (a great way to do some sightseeing!), and right before heading to Danny’s to get to work, I’d get a coffee in one of the many great coffee places in the neighborhood:
This time, I added the weekend to my trip, so that I could enjoy the city a bit more, before heading back home. Saturday was a museum day, and I was lucky that the sun came out too. So I spent some time drawing in Central Park.Sunday before flying back home – I just mainly enjoyed the weather, the city’s atmosphere, and people watching.

Back in Amsterdam: full of ideas, plans and energy. My sketchbook is almost filled up completely, so next decision to make is: what sketchbook to fill next??

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.