Zodiac Illustration: Creating A Unique Series

A course by Silja Goetz
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined September 2015
, Illustrator

Use ancient horoscope symbols to illustrate a series that captures your style

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  • 676 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Use ancient horoscope symbols to illustrate a series that captures your style

Applying ancient symbology to an illustration series is the ideal opportunity to generate a fresh perspective on a familiar idea to surprise and delight your audience. The twelve signs of the zodiac have been depicted for over four thousand years, yet they still feature in magazines, calendars, books, and websites all around the world today. Illustrator Silja Goetz is passionate about turning classic subjects into surprising compositions. Clients like The New Yorker, Vogue, Harrods, and Penguin Random House seek her expertise to tell their visual stories.

In her second Domestika course, Silja shows you how to create an original illustration series using a classic subject. Discover how to transform zodiac symbols into fresh and interesting compositions while maintaining consistency and harmony among your series. See also Silja’s first course, where she unravels the secrets of book cover illustration to capture the essence of a story using analog and digital techniques.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 18 downloads

What Will We Do in This Course?
3 minutes, 19 seconds
The Zodiac in the Past
6 minutes, 6 seconds
12 minutes, 42 seconds
Layout 1
15 minutes, 46 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (48)
  • 676 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 10m)
  • 18 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration series of three zodiac signs in your own style with Silja’s methodology.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to create an illustration series, as well as for illustrators who want to fill their portfolio with creative ideas

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills are required to take the course.

As for materials, Silja suggests you use whatever you prefer. She will be creating her illustrations with a pencil and paper, and then work on her illustrations on Adobe Photoshop to add color and details.


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Silja Goetz

A course by Silja Goetz

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Silja has always loved to draw, and with the encouragement of her parents, she kept it up and decided early on that she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied Communication Design in Nüremberg while working as an illustrator for a magazine about animals for children, along with some work for magazines like Elle and Cosmopolitan.

Silja worked as a layout designer for Allegra Magazine (Germany) for over two years, where she learned to see illustration from an art director’s perspective. After deciding she wanted to create illustrations instead of working with the work of others, she took a leap of faith and moved to Spain, where she started working as a freelance illustrator.

She has worked with press clients like The New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Die Zeit, Outdoor magazine, and more, as well as on advertising projects for clients like Estrella Damm. Her book cover illustrations adorn the books of publishers like Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Gräfe und Unzer, and Doubleday.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2


    • The Zodiac in the Past
    • The Present: Modern Zodiacs and Other Series
    • Personal Style and How to Find It
    • Preparation
  • U3


    • Layout 1
    • Layout 2
    • Drawing by Hand 1
    • Drawing by Hand 2
    • Drawing by Hand 3
    • Assembly in Photoshop 1
    • Assembly in Photoshop 2
    • Touch-Ups and Comparing
  • U4

    What to Do with Your Illustrations

    • The Series Completed
    • How to Make a Living
  • FP

    Final project

    • Zodiac Illustration: Creating A Unique Series

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Zodiac Illustration: Creating A Unique Series. Illustration course by Silja Goetz

Zodiac Illustration: Creating A Unique Series

A course by Silja Goetz
Illustrator. Madrid, Spain.
Joined September 2015
  • 100% positive reviews (48)
  • 676 students