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Sketching in the UK

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal, sketchbook on September 18, 2018

Quite a Milestone

This week, finally the new kourse “Watercolor Rules! And how to break them” has started at Sketchbook Skool.

I have worked all summer producing this kourse. It was a lot of work, but it’s been very rewarding and exciting too. I have learned so much. About filmmaking, negotiating, (art) direction, editing, and a lot more during the production process. And not in the last place, I learned a lot about watercolors from each of the artists we filmed for this kourse.

Even though the days of filming are always packed from early morning to early evening (some filming days have been 11-12 hours!), I still always try to squeeze in a bit of drawing during these shooting days. Usually, the travel part of these days are good for filling a sketchbook page.

A couple of days in London

This week, in “Watercolor Rules! And how to break them”, we’re learning all the basics from Ian Sidaway – our watercolor expert, who shows us many techniques and shares tips and tricks. I visited Ian in Teddington, London, to film him two full days there.

Drawings squeezed in

Here’s a drawing I did the evening before traveling to London:

Drawing at the airport. Waiting is never boring when you bring a sketchbook:I love Indian food, and in London, there are many great restaurants. After a long day of work, some spicy food, combined with filling a sketchbook page, is a real treat:

And then, waiting for my flight back home. In my bag, a big heavy hard disk full of footage. In front of me, a cup of cold brew coffee at hand. My head full of thoughts (‘did I forget anything?’, ‘Should I have asked Ian for another demo?’, ‘What if I didn’t direct Ian well enough?’, ‘Have I made the right decisions?, ‘How will I ever organize all the footage and make sense of the editing process?’ ‘I feel so inspired by Ian!’). The perfect circumstances to do some drawing meditation:

Join me!

“Watercolor Rules! And how to break them” has started just yesterday. It’s a six-week kourse, but it lasts a lifetime – because when you enroll, you have lifetime access. And there’s so much demos and info in it, you’ll want to get back again and again to keep learning and keep going.

Here’s what one of the students said yesterday: “THIRTY-EIGHT videos and information to go through in week ONE of the new Watercolour Klass. Talk about value for your money!”

So if you haven’t already, sign up now, because you don’t want to miss out!
I hope I’ll see you in klass!

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.