Sketchbook Revival – My Whimsical Buildings. Kind of

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Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Colored Pencil, with a touch of white & yellow gel pen, in a Hahnemühle Grey Book.

Tamara LaPorte shows how she creates fun and wonderful Whimsical Buildings in her session of Sketchbook Revival. I was immediately inspired – but there was this night scene of Cinque Terre, Italy from Free-Photos on Pixabay, that I’ve been wanting to do forever.

I wasn’t sure HOW to do it. Buildings and vehicles – things with fairly straight lines baffle me a bit. It isn’t the straightness, exactly.

There is an eye-hand coordination that happens when you draw or paint. What you see is NOT the same as what you draw, so your brain has to translate it into something your hand understands. Hands are quite stupid, and need a lot of translation.

My brain doesn’t speak buildings and vehicle very well, lol.

Tamara’s video gave me some new understanding, and my brain was finally able to direct my hands.

I decided colored pencil would give me the softness I wanted and the grey-tone of the paper would immediately give the night-time feel to the piece.

Sketchbook Revival is a FREE workshop running through May 5, 2019. There are two video sessions every day, designed to inspire your creativity.
AND there are free gifts along the way – exclusive lessons, videos and discounts!

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Zensations Technical pens (you can find my review here)

Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils 24Pk

Hahnemühle Grey Book



  1. Very nice! I like this because I see you in it and that is important. Thank you for making this world a more beautiful place.

  2. I need to start these. I watched Charlie’s lesson but that’s as far as I got. I do love Tamara’s work, though, so I need to at least watch her session

  3. I’ve seen the Cinque Terra at night….and you nailed this! LOVELY in every way. I too suffer from architecture-phobia when drawing and this shows how to overcome that! Thanks.

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