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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 then 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 pointing 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

  • A final logo crest in full colour
  • A black and white version of the logo
  • A mock-up of how this brand would work on packaging
  • A simplified mark for web and social media
  • 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.

107 Submissions to this brief

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Harvey Jorge Richardson
Chloe Chapman
IR Irene Gandara Ruiz
Danielle Wilde PRO
SS sandi smojvir
CT Cole Turner
EC Elnathan Clifford
Jasmine King PREMIUM
Leonie Le Roux
Molly Paterson
RH Reece Hagley
MP Matthew Pyman
AZ Ada Zheng
Heather Berrill PREMIUM
Virginia Gresham
DT David Turnbull
ER Ellie Ryell
MG Marcos Gonzalez
Titus Jr Laxa PREMIUM
VM Verde Madera PRO
CB Carrie Braybrooks
JR Jen Reilly
Katie Cosgriff
SH Sammy Harvey
BB Brandon Beauchamp PRO
BB bob bob
Bretislav Stejskal
Bretislav Stejskal
SG Sarah Gebauer PREMIUM
Jalen Moore
Ed Garrett PREMIUM
MS Molly Smith
Misel Cvitkusic
Sharon George Ambassador
EL Erika Lille
SS Siti Sahrah
Phil Knudsen-Thomas
SG Samantha G
Charmaine Hartmann PREMIUM
AC Andrew Congleton
MW Manon Warnant
Tinuke Fagborun
KI Kenny Iwata
EM Emily M
Eloise Nicholson
Sean James
AJ Anthony Jackson PREMIUM
AG Anne Grieve
CD Chelsea Dent
NG Nitin Gupta
PC Paul Callahan
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
Richard Bradley
Cameron Penn
VZ Vinnie Zullo
JC Jack Chandler
BP Brinley Pavitt
KR Krish Uy R
Ashley Taylor
Zoe Jones
JL Joshua Lennon
Misha Leigh
UB Urban Bozic
Lucy Grimwood
Sami Yuhas PREMIUM
ET Eleanor Thompson
Vivek Yadav
Joao Oliva PREMIUM
Joao Oliva PREMIUM
Minty Saurus
Mikayla Manning
Hailey Field
Alex Romain
heike schneider
Leo Caparelli
DD Duncan Djillali
DB Daniel Bourgoin
Kubarius Kerner
Baljeet Kaur
Peter Midtvedt
James Ewin PREMIUM

Ask a question & discuss the brief:

    James Ewin (Co-founder)PREMIUM

    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?