GUEST DOODLEWASH: Draw It Like It’s Hot With Koosje Koene

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Koosje Koene Sketchbook Skool of cherries

I’m Koosje Koene and I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where I was born and raised (Follow me on Facebook, InstagramTwitter and Pinterest!). I am an artist, an illustrator and an art teacher – not in that particular order. I am obsessed with drawing and share my work on my website, I blog about art and the process of making art, and I teach online courses. I am also the co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, which offers video based online courses and a fantastic community of artists from all around the globe, of all levels and skills.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Koosje Koene Sketchbook Skool of red radish with leavesThis started out as a creative project because Danny Gregory and I wanted to learn from so many other artists, but they didn’t offer any courses. That’s why we created our first six-week course two years ago, in which each week a different artist teaches a class; showing us around in their studio, sharing sketchbook pages and inspiration, giving us a peek over the shoulder when making art, giving us a taste of their lives as an artist and sharing stories and personal insights.

Turned out we weren’t the only ones who felt the need for online classes like these, because many people signed up for that first course and now our global community is over 10000 people and still growing. We currently have 29 artists in our Fakulty and 8 Kourses; and making more!

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Koosje Koene Sketchbook Skool What I Ate Today various foods and beveragesAs you can imagine, that keeps me quite busy these days. Of the many things I do, I’ll pick one of my obsessions to share here: I am quite a fanatic about food and cooking. That’s probably an understatement: Because of my love for food and cooking, I have even worked as a chef for a while, in a small restaurant where we served breakfast, lunch, and early dinners. And I also dabbled around, doing catering jobs for small parties and productions.

Although it was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot, it wasn’t really for me. It was back breaking – almost literally. During that time I was following my passions and trying to find the ‘sweet spot’ in which I was able to do what I love and to bring some food to the table as well.. again – quite literally in this case. I found out that I need to keep the love for cooking as a hobby.

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Koosje Koene Sketchbook Skool of Grilled Peach Salad

Doodlewash and watercolor sketch by Koosje Koene Sketchbook Skool of Grilled Chicken Filet with shaved parmesan cheese dressing saladSo now, I am a very happy home chef, and I really enjoy creating new recipes, and creating healthy and delicious food. And it combines very well with my other obsession: drawing.  How to document my favorite recipes better than illustrating them? Doing so in my sketchbooks, I keep track of my experiments in the kitchen, and explore new ways of explaining things visually on my pages. And sometimes I even get to do it as a commission assignment.

Luckily, I am not the only one with this love for foodie-art. And I discovered there are many people who would like to draw food, or who would love to make a recipe book with their family recipes or favorite recipes in it – illustrated! So I offer a workshop that’s all about drawing food and illustrating recipes and it’s called ‘Draw It Like It’s Hot!’

They Draw and Cook presents Food Ink 30 Illustrated Recipes created by Koosje KoeneFor this Doodlewash post, I picked some foodie-art I made using watercolors, but I’ll use anything that’s at hand. A simple pencil, a bic-pen or any kind of ink will do. But I do like the effect of watercolors combined with black ink lines, or using a bright watercolor wash as a background for a more elaborate colour pencil drawing. You can buy my recipe book ‘Food Ink’, with 30 delicious illustrated recipes in it here, or here if you live in EuropeFollow me with the links below and don’t miss out on my weekly video tips on Draw Tip Tuesday!

Koosje Koene

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, contact me!

  1. Jui 2 years ago


  2. Jessica Seacrest 2 years ago

    Koosje, it’s great to read about you, your art, and Sketchbook Skool! I love all of your fruit and veg sketches!

  3. Koosje, I love your work! One of you YouTube videos had a huge impact on me when I first made my creative resolution. Thanks for sharing so much of what you do and helping others. 😀

    • Koosje 2 years ago

      That’s so wonderful, Eileen!

  4. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Fabulous!! Koosje you have a new follower on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you for sharing this Charlie.

  5. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    New friend! Like!

  6. mysiteexists 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on Mysiteexists.

  7. Beautiful, inspirational work! Thanks for sharing. 💛

  8. Jodi 2 years ago

    Oh Charlie! LOVE all of this! Thanks for sharing Koosje! How do you say that name by the way? It is very unique to me? 🙂 I can’t wait to spend time exploring all your pages and videos!!!

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      So thrilled you liked this feature, Jodi! And I think you just missed her as she was responding. Now you’re stuck with me, who just guesses at things, but my guess for a phonetic pronunciation would be ‘Kosha’! 😊

    • Koosje 2 years ago

      Hi thank you Jodi, yes Charlie is right about the pronounciation! It’s a typical Dutch name.

  9. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Your art is wonderful Koosje, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art. Thank you Charlie.

  10. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful art, the colored pencils on watercolor is fantastic to see. Love the story of cooking merging with art, brilliant! Thank you for sharing such inspiring work.

  11. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Delicious! (K)

  12. M. L. Kappa 2 years ago

    Don’t know how I could have missed this post – fantastic work!

  13. […] after joining Sketchbook Skool online. It is a wonderful site started by Danny Gregory and former Koosje Koene (a former Guest artist on Doodlewash), after taking a 6-week course I was hooked and now my sketchbook is attached to my hip. When you […]

  14. […] to enroll in classes and become part of the online community of artists that he cofounded with Koosje Koene, called Sketchbook Skool. I have been drawing every day […]

  15. […] was hungry to learn and I happened upon Sketchbook Skool created by Danny Gregory & Koosje Koene. I started from “Beginning“, they’re first course, and was thrilled to find hundreds of other […]

  16. […] opportunities offered online through Sketchbook Skool, the creative brainchild of Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene. The class offerings feature a wide range of instructors and techniques. The programs are varied, […]

  17. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    Koosje, your work is amazing! I love the way you bring the background to the foreground with a wash of color over the subjects in your painting.

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