Trying with watercolors

Learning how to use watercolors is something I am trying for years and always end up giving up because I just don’t know how to use them properly. But after a while, I always reopen my box of watercolors and try again…

One of my main problems is that I don’t like most of the tutorials that are offered out there. They tend to teach you how to draw flowers or idilic scenes with clouds, beaches, trees and more flowers. Do you know any alternatives that can help me?

I actually found something vaguely interesting.: the online courses of Koosje Koone on learning how to draw food and recipes. It is not exactly about watercolors but at least I like her drawing style. The problem is that the course starts now and, exactly now, I don’t have the time to invest in the course. So here I am, trying again by myself to use the scary watercolors.


Trying again with watercolors by drawing one of the nice drawings of Koosje Koene in my Moleskine. Still not perfect but better than a few years ago.

Cooking with Blond Amsterdam

I already told that I like the Dutch brand Blond Amsterdam. Their colorful style just speaks to me and this is why I have a lot of plates and cups from their collections. But more important than buying their products, to me these two designers were my source of inspiration when I started drawing. Inspired by one of their cooking books, I draw this nice girl in 2009. It was my first time using watercolor pencils and it shows a bit: COOKING09 This year I decided to try again this time using “real” watercolors. Again, it is also one of my first times trying with the (oh, so scary!) watercolors and I guess it also shows a bit:cooking2015 In both cases the girl is cooking the famous Dutch speciality “stamppot”. I still cannot decide which one I like the most:

Together with the original

Together with the original