Creative Illustration Workout

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community, 6 Video Lessons & More!

6 Lessons – $72.25 $85.00

Push your creative muscles with six creativity “workouts” from illustrator and artist Katie Vernon. Get out all of your supplies and get ready to have a blast inventing  imaginary flowers, monsters, icons, patterns and more.

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Katie Vernon

Class Description

Creative Illustration Workout
Teacher: Katie Vernon
Now available as a self-study class.

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In this class we will stretch and work out our creative muscles through artistic exercises that I regularly use to face a blank page. You’ll push yourself to combine a variety of media, look to new places for inspiration, and expand your (weird, funny, poignant, etc.) artistic voice.

Each of these exercises gives you a taste of making work that could be used in a variety of illustration markets., and I’ll show examples of how the art I’ve made through these exercises has turned into projects ranging from greeting cards to children’s clothing.

Get out all of your supplies as we make pages and pages of illustrations with watercolor, acrylics, colored pencils, crayons and more!

Please join me!



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Class Itinerary

Lessons are prerecorded and available instantly upon signup.

Lesson 1 – Using one base shape to create different illustration icons
Push your creative muscles to come up with a variety of icons all starting with the same shape. Try to find connections between the icons that create moments of wit and whimsy.

Lesson 2 – Imaginary Plants
Put away your flower books and get inspired by an adjacent art (culinary, architecture, dance, etc.) for your imaginary plant. Play with mixing media to create interesting textures and forms.

Lesson 3 – Drawing one item in lots of ways with lots of different media
Learn why certain icons are better than others for this exercise that lends itself to perfectly to creating a surface pattern.

Lesson 4 – Sandwich Illustration
Using a pull-apart layout, this lesson creates an informative (and delicious) editorial-style piece.

Lesson 5 – Imaginary Monsters
Using a few prompt words as your guide, bring an imaginary monster to life.

Lesson 6 – Finding a Story
Looking through all the bits and pieces we’ve created in the previous lessons, search for a story to tell that involves at least two of your images.

Katie Vernon is an author-illustrator living in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. For the past 10 years she’s been working fulltime in a variety of illustration markets from fabric and home decor to editorial and advertising. Katie creates her pieces with both traditional and digital mediums- always looking for opportunities to have fun, experiment, and laugh. She’s had the pleasure of working with IKEA, Anthropologie, the Washington Post, Porsche, Uniqlo, Simon and Schuster, and many other incredible clients. Some of her favorite things include thrifting, seltzer water, her high school sweetheart, their kiddo, and a couple of weird, but lovable dogs.


General supplies:

Gather up whatever you have lying around!

-Mixed media paper (something that can handle wet media, is easy to write on, and is pretty cheap)

-Translucent paint (watercolor or inks)

-Opaque paint (acrylic, gouache)

-Media for detail/color (colored pencils, markers, watersoluble crayons)

-variety of brushes


-glue stick


Supplies I will be using:

-Mixed media paper (I like Strathmore’s 11×14 300 series Mixed Media)


-Holbein Acryla Gouache

-Acrylic ink

-colored pencils (these are my fave, but they’re pricey

-watersoluble crayons (

-Posca Markers (

-brushes (I like Escoda Perla synthetic


-glue stick

-black gel pen

Nuts & Bolts

– Lessons are prerecorded and available instantly upon signup.

– A private Facebook group and a Padlet group (for those not on FB) will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.

– You will have indefinite access to this class.

“I love the way these lessons invite me into the wildness of my imagination!” — Mary S.