I am Tim Soekkha, an illustrator and draughtsman from the Netherlands (Follow me on Instagram and Facebook!). I studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. After my graduation, I tried to pursue a career as a painter. Back then, I used to work with oil on canvas. Next to making art, I worked as a freelance graphic designer, desktop publisher, and a set painter to make a living. I had some exhibitions, sold some paintings but could not live from it.
Then, In 2004, due to circumstances, I completely stopped making art and enrolled at Erasmus University to study Law in the evening. It might seem a strange move but I learned a lot in University and could put my creativity at work in law in a different way. In the daytime, I then worked as a producer/manager of the Royal Conservatory Big Band and at Leiden University as a coordinator for the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts which is part of the Faculty of Humanities.
In 2013, I decided to give up the securities of and employed life, quit my jobs and took a break to find out what I really wanted. Trying to make a living, I traded in arts and antiquities, curated some art shows and worked as a freelance para-legal advisor as well as in construction. Somewhere in between, I picked up drawing again and it became a more regular practice over some time.
I started with just drawing what was in my surroundings like my pets, food, the interior of my appartment etc. Somewhere the watercolors and washings came in.
After I began posting ‘just for fun’ illustrations of recipes on websites like They Draw and Cook, Facebook and Instagram, I was asked by “eten uit de volkstuin” and Hungry Husband to draw illustrated recipes for their blogs and websites. I got more and more positive feedback. EmptyEasel featured my work as well as ArtHunters. People now tell me I am a better drawer than I ever was a painter.
It’s only this year that I decided definitely to ‘restart’ my artist career as a draughtsman and illustrator in a more serious way.
The noir series I started recently is a new development. One day I just started drawing a figure in a room but somehow the image was missing something. I then wrote text which just came up in my head, put it on Instagram and got a lot more likes than I was used to. That’s when I realized I was on to something…I’m trying to create some kind of surreal edgy noirish stills with a graphic novel appeal from which the viewer can distillate his/her own story.
A conscious effort to make my work as appealing as possible coincided with my favorite way of creating images: I mostly work with pen, ink and watercolors. I deliberately try to keep my line work vibrant and energetic to provide an organic feel.
I have my own style, but like to keep all my work attractive, radiating and captivating in terms of technique, colors and concept.
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!