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Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink

A course by Alex Hillkurtz
Storyboard Artist. París, France.
Joined November 2019
, Storyboard Artist

Combine loose ink sketching with watercolor to create beautiful buildings that leap off the page

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Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink

Combine loose ink sketching with watercolor to create beautiful buildings that leap off the page

  • 99% Positive reviews (3.5K)
  • 78503 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (3h 31m)
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  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
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Sketching is a wonderful way to truly experience a place, discovering new details in each glance. Renowned storyboard artist Alex Hillkurtz finds a sense of fulfillment in discovering the hidden corners of the city that sketching allows. You can find some of his storyboarding work in films like Argo, Almost Famous, and It's Complicated, among many others.

In this course, Alex will show you his approach to capturing the depth and feeling of a place using watercolor and ink and translating that onto your page, because it’s one thing to depict a scene accurately and another entirely to portray the character and mood of a place. Learn Alex's process and infuse your paintings with new life.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Production
  • U4
    U4. Putting it All Together
  • U5
    U5. Variations of Style and Presentation
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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This course starts with an overview of how Alex has been influenced by his past experiences and you'll take a look at a collection of artists who have influenced his traditional approach to painting. He also shares additional resources, images, and links to books.

In the next unit, Alex presents all the materials you need for this course, as well as tips on where to find the best art supplies. He also gives lessons on linear perspective and composition, so you have a solid foundation moving forward.

Learn the foundational techniques you need for a lifetime of successful painting with watercolor. Start slow with washes of color, then move on to mixing colors. These may seem like basic techniques, but when combined they give you everything you need to create beautiful paintings.

Next, apply all you’ve learned about composition, perspective, and color mixing to create a painting of a beautiful Parisian building. Alex explains how to capture light and shadows to create a truly beautiful piece.

Finally, Alex shares some final thoughts on finding your own voice, as well as tips on how to care for and preserve your watercolor paintings.

What is this course's project?

You will create a finished watercolor painting, depicting a beautiful building that leaps off the page with light and shadow.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for watercolor artists, urban sketchers, professional illustrators, and anyone who would like to improve their watercolor paintings.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey as an artist. The goal is to show you some tricks and techniques that you can use and incorporate into your style.

What you need

Alex guides you through everything you need to know, so no previous experience with watercolor is needed. He also provides some reference images and invites you to use your own images as well.

As for materials, you need a sketchbook, pencils, 3 different watercolor brushes (one round, one flat, and one mop), an ink pen or a fountain pen with waterproof ink, paint, and a few other painting basics that Alex reviews in detail throughout the course.


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Alex Hillkurtz

A course by Alex Hillkurtz

Storyboard Artist

Alex Hillkurtz was born in England and grew up in California where he is a renowned storyboard artist for feature films, television, and commercials. His film credits include Argo, Almost Famous, It’s Complicated, and many others. Alex currently lives in Paris with his film editor wife, Tiffany, and enjoys discovering the hidden corners of the city that sketching and painting allow.

He uses the language of cinema to compose his images, moving beyond what one sees and depicting what he wants others to see. He believes that in our overly crowded lives, sketching and painting invites us to move at a more deliberate pace, giving us a true sense of place, where unexpected stories are revealed.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What we will do on the course
  • U2


    • Presentation of Materials
    • The Basics of Perspective
    • Creating Dynamic Compositions
    • Where are the Vanishing Points?
    • Finding the Horizon Line
  • U3


    • Creating Textures with Color Washes
    • Color Mixes
    • Choosing the right view/picture
    • Creating a Thumbnail Sketch
  • U4

    Putting it All Together

    • The Pencil Sketch
    • Sketching with Fountain Pen and Ink
    • Watercolor! The First Wash
    • Watercolor! Shadows and Details 1
    • Watercolor! Shadows and Details 2
    • Watercolor! Shadows and Details 3
  • U5

    Variations of Style and Presentation

    • Style and Finding your Voice
    • Work presentation
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Architectural drawing with watercolor and ink

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Architectural Sketching with Watercolor and Ink

A course by Alex Hillkurtz
Storyboard Artist. París, France.
Joined November 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (3.5K)
  • 78503 students