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Iconic landmark illustration

Completion time: 3 days

Project overview:

Today we want you to design an iconic landmark of some sort. This is a great opportunity to practice your illustration skills and maybe explore with a style that you’re not very familiar with. To add a further challenge to the brief, we want the final piece to use no more than 4 colours. You’ll find this can happen quite often in real design briefs as printing can be so costly that many clients will request that you keep the amount of colour down to reduce printing costs.

First thing’s first, choose your landmark. Do some research of iconic landmarks across the globe and pick one that particularly resonates with you. It could be a landmark that you’ve visited or seen in real life, or it could be one you’ve always wanted to visit.

Once you have decided which landmark you are going to illustrate, now it’s time to choose the style you want to illustrate it in. Do you want your final piece to be abstract or realistic? Do you want it to be monochrome, two-tone or using the full 4 colours? Do you want it to be a line drawing or a geometrical piece? The choice is yours. Experiment with different styles and techniques in your initial sketching stages and home in on a style that you feel works well for that particular landmark.

Once you have finalised your sketch, it’s time to digitalise. Choose the method you want to digitalise your drawing but remember, it has to be finished in only 4 colours!
Perhaps finish your piece with the name of the landmark. These can make great postcards or posters so take your time, you may want to get some of printed and give them out as gifts to friends and family?

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Deliverables required

  • 1 page of initial sketches in different styles
  • Final digitised design with maximum of 4 colours
  • Remember if multiple deliverables are required you can add attachments to your submissions when you have completed the brief.

Timescales and deadlines

This brief should take you around 3 days. That’s a day research and sketching, a day refining and a day finalising and creating the addition deliverables.

Our approach

We went for a quirky line-art style for this brief, using two shades of red and a shade of grey to stay within the 4 colour boundary. Remember you can still use white!


We had fun creating the quirky clouds, they work well with the simple lines which represent the movement in the water. We included the title in ours, fell free to do this too.

233 Submissions to this brief

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AN Alex Newcomb
Morgan Bell
IS Isaac Stoker
NS Naman Sejwal
SL Shannon Lukins
LN Louisa Nicoll
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Battery Barry
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Lucy Fenwick
TT Tobias Townsend PREMIUM
BT Brandon Tietz
MD Maddie Draper
Seren Haf Carter
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JO Joseph Oreilly
JO Joseph Oreilly
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AG Atheer Garni
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Matthew Winchell
LS Larissa Schmitt
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AJ Andrew Johnson
Alison Johnston
Jerusha Hansper
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KN Kikuno Nakadai
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Ellen OLeary
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Daniel Ramirez
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Jess Griffiths
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Kumud Gupta
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Chris Walton
Chris Walton
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Erik van Dijk
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Natalia Sky
Dasia Williams
Rico Smith
Blake Gedye
Ross Dawe
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Miranda Adams
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Adam David Smith
Rhia Thomas
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IA Isabella Avery
Ron Blakeslee
Vusi Mavuso
Capryce Dunning
LF Lea Fiszbag
MB Michelle Bettinson
MI Marc Ivey
EL Ernest Lee
EL Ellis Leahy
Michelle Grace Dagandan
SP Samyuktha Pai
Jamie Haffield
KJ Kevon James
KB Kyle Barnes
RK Rhys Knight
RT Ryan Thompson
MW Mckinsey Watteyne
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EG Ellie May Goslin
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Jaishree Garg
AJ Alina Jo
FM fabricio miriuk
ML Mary Lin
JD Jordan Doughty
MD Monica Dunne
RN Remco Nieuwenhuizen
Natalia Pucheu
CV Casper Bij de Vaate
SN Sean Ng
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KS Kirsten Schoon
Ioanna Filippatou
SL Sebastian Longhitano
Rico Smith
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AW Abby Whitehead
SK Sidney K
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Celeste Mountjoy
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Jonathan Mendoza
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DS Danny Stetson
Joshua Hunt
Harvey Jorge Richardson
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Irene Gandara Ruiz
Danielle Wilde
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CT Cole Turner
EC Elnathan Clifford
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Leonie Le Roux
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MP Matthew Pyman
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Heather Berrill
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DT David Turnbull
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JR Jen Reilly
Katie Cosgriff
SH Sammy Harvey
BB Brandon Beauchamp
Bretislav Stejskal
Bretislav Stejskal
SG Sarah Gebauer
Jalen Moore
Ed Garrett
MS Molly Smith
Misel Cvitkusic
Sharon George
EL Erika Lille
SS Siti Sahrah
Phil Knudsen
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Charmaine Hartmann
LL Luly li
AC Andrew Congleton
MW Manon Warnant
Tinuke Fagborun
KI Kenny Iwata
EM Emily M
Eloise Nicholson
Sean James
AJ Anthony Jackson PREMIUM
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AG Anne Grieve
CD Chelsea Dent
NG Nitin Gupta
PC Paul Callahan
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LH Lily Hay
Rosie Young
JC Jenifer Conklin
ZB Zoe Bond
DC Diana Chin
Randi Gilmore
Jamie-Leah Grant
MH Maria Holmes
RS Rakesh Sharma
SB Shan Boiv
SH Stephanie Hall
Ashley Byrne
Greg Keen
ZN Zara Nowell PREMIUM
Darren Pollock
SG Shannon Gordon
IC Ian Carter-Wilding
Crystal Drake
Richard Bradley
Richard Bradley
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VZ Vinnie Zullo
JC Jack Chandler
BP Brinley Pavitt
KR Krish Uy R
Ashley Taylor
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JL Joshua Lennon
Misha Leigh
UB Urban Bozic
Lucy Grimwood
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ET Eleanor Thompson
Vivek Yadav
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Mikayla Manning
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DD Duncan Djillali
DB Daniel Bourgoin
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Baljeet Kaur
Peter Midtvedt
James Ewin Mentor

Ask a question & discuss the brief:

    This might be a stupid question, but I'm still learning. My design has 4 colours plus some areas of white. Does white count? Have I cheated?

    James Ewin (Co-founder)Mentor

    Not stupid at all Adam, it's a confusing one to get your head around. So more often than not, any designs with colour limitations will be because they are using a spot colour printing process. This will apply to lithographic printing, riso printing and other traditional printing methods where the machines use liquid inks, rather then powdered CMYK toner. These inks can come in any variety of pantones, metallics, spot colours etc. and can work on unlimited paper choices. There are many more options available when using spot colour printing, as apposed to its digital printing counterpart, although the inks will come with a cost, and some presses will be limited to 3 or 4 colours, including black and white, hence why it's important to practice this skill of designing with limited colours. You'll come across this soon enough in the professional world. Hope that helps.  

    Great! Thank you for clearing this up.. very thorough and clear.  I’m gonna give this another go. 🙂

    James Ewin (Co-founder)Mentor

    Great question Mark. The answer is 4 spot colours. Thanks!

    When we say this piece is 4-color, do we mean 4 spot colors or 4-color process?