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Expressive Architectural Sketching with Colored Markers

A course by Albert Kiefer
Digital Visualization Artist. Venlo, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020
, Digital Visualization Artist

Learn to create expressive sketches of buildings and landscapes filled with color and practice drawing by hand

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  • 48370 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to create expressive sketches of buildings and landscapes filled with color and practice drawing by hand

  • 99% positive reviews (1.3K)
  • 48370 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 3m)
  • 25 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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For many of us, precision is demanded at our workplace. When we open a sketchbook, however, we can throw the rules out the window and create something unbound, free, and evocative. This was the thought process of visualization artist Albert Kiefer, who sought freedom from the realism of his daily work and found it in his childhood passion for sketching. He creates energetic architectural drawings filled with color and has built up an online presence under the name Housesketcher.

In this online course, he teaches how to play with perspective and the contrast of light and dark. Learn how to create the foundations of your drawing with black ink before layering it with color and adding the precise details that bring it to life. Discover how to draw inspiration from your surroundings to create your own vibrant sketches.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting Ready to Sketch
  • U3
    U3. The Sketch of the House
  • U4
    U4. Colors and Final Steps
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin this course by getting to know visualization artist Albert Kiefer as he takes you on his journey from sketching as a young child to becoming a professional artist. Learn about his influences from past and present and how they shape his work.

Gather your materials and practice your drawing technique with some simple warm-up exercises. Explore the basic notions of perspective and how they can influence, but not define, your work. Discover the power of light and dark, and what the function of color can be in a sketch.

Explore your neighborhood or browse the web to find an inspiring building, before deciding whether to opt for a faithful reproduction or an interpretation of a building. Plan out your sketch by making very small sketches to discover the importance of composition, then create your first black and white sketch with a pencil or fine liner.

Tackle color by working from light to dark and building depth through layering, then add the final touches. Learn the best ways to photograph your sketch for sharing on social media. Finally, to end the course, Albert shares tips on how to store your artwork and keep the colors from fading.

What is this course's project?

Create an expressive sketch of a building with playful linework, volume, and lots of color.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anybody who wants to learn to sketch buildings in a quick and expressive way.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of equipment, you will need some alcohol-based colored markers, some waterproof black fine liners, a white acrylic highlighter, and a good sketchbook.


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Albert Kiefer

A course by Albert Kiefer

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Digital visualization artist Albert Kiefer enjoyed drawing from a young age, taking inspiration from what he saw on TV to create fantastical alien spacecraft and superhero suits. He studied drawing and art history at the Maastricht Institute of Arts and, after graduating, began working at a computer graphics firm, where he learned techniques like 3D modeling and rendering. With over 35 years of experience, he now works as a freelancer in the field of visualization, taking ideas and concepts and transforming them into pictures or animations.

Albert later began to miss more traditional art forms and returned to his love for sketching. As the years passed, his style evolved into the expressive and colorful one that we see today. He has published Au Japon!, a collection of sketches of Japanese buildings, and created a series of workshop videos for Gerstaecker. He also showcases his work on his website and social media under the name Housesketcher.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Ready to Sketch

    • Materials
    • Warm-up Exercises
    • Basic Notions of Perspective
    • The Value of Color
  • U3

    The Sketch of the House

    • Inspiration and References
    • How to Approach the Sketch
    • Composition and Thumbnails
    • The Black and White Sketch
  • U4

    Colors and Final Steps

    • The Coloring Stage 1
    • The Coloring Stage 2
    • Final Details
    • Storing and Showcasing the Artwork
  • FP

    Final project

    • Expressive Architectural Sketching with Colored Markers

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Expressive Architectural Sketching with Colored Markers. Illustration course by Albert Kiefer Best seller

Expressive Architectural Sketching with Colored Markers

A course by Albert Kiefer
Digital Visualization Artist. Venlo, Netherlands.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (1.3K)
  • 48370 students