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Illustrating Icons - Design and composition techniques for stronger art

——   Created by Hannah Katarski

Build a cohesive collection of motifs using colour, composition, and rhythm.

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Learn how to create stronger art as we apply practical tips to create balance, rhythm and interest in our designs.

So, let's get inspired by our favourite holiday memories or daydream about our next adventure!

Where do you dream of going now that borders are opening and we are safe and free to travel again? What will you bring? Surfing in Morocco... Art retreat in Tuscany... Food and cooking tour of Vietnam... Photography expedition through India... Hiking in Yosemite National Park... we are going to let our art take us there!

Illustrating a range of related icons is a great addition to your illustration or surface pattern portfolio and flatlays are a great exercise in composition and balance. 

During this class we will cover:

  • Brainstorming and curating ideas for icons.
  • Refining icons and sketching thumbnails.
  • Flatlay composition for balance and interest.
  • Creating an on-trend colour scheme that is still unique to your style and aesthetic.
  • Painting - Working in layers and then fitting the pieces of the puzzle.


  • Pencil & eraser
  • Plenty of plain printer/copy paper
  • Ruler
  • To colour your illustration, use whatever you have available. I'll be working with watercolours, but you can use pencils, inks, copic markers, textas or digital tools like procreate.

I use a combination of tube, pan, and liquid watercolours, canson watercolour paper, round brushes; size 0, 1 & 6.

The course project

Illustrate your own flatlay inspired by your perfect adventure. You can use this project to commemorate a memorable holiday, or to daydream about the one you'll take once borders reopen and we are safe and free to travel the world again.

Use one of the colour tools covered in class to develop your colour scheme.

Is your adventure a summery one, or a fall one? Consider a colour story that supports the vibe of your illustration.

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Camping
  • Yoga retreat
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Pool side
  • Creative escape
  • Food safari!

You can download my Pantone watercolour key from the Resources section on the right, to assist with mixing these colours, if you wish.

Upload your project using the green create project button to share it with the class.

8 Lessons

2 mins
Flatlay intro
1 min
Your Brief (The Project)
2 mins
5 mins
Planning & brainstorming
6 mins
5 mins
5 mins
Project colour story selection and mixing
16 mins
Painting the project

About the instructor

Hannah Katarski
Hannah Katarski
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Artist and surfer girl...

Hi! I'm Hannah, a self taught maker. I work with watercolour and gouache to create illustrations and patterns for products. I …

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  • Project included
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  • 38m of on-demand video
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