I'm familiar with the pen tool in both Photoshop and Illustrator. But I don't really have any artistic experience with a pencil & it's tough for me to "plan" icon ideas digitally.
The only way I'm able to create an icon from scratch is by looking at what others have done and cloning a similar shape. This feels like a crutch and I really want to be able to create unique icons from scratch. Icon design is a huge part of web design and it's the one area that I'm really lacking in skill.
Can any icon designers share their working process when creating icons from a blank white page? Are there any specific tutorials or methods that I should follow? Would learning traditional art help me visualize shapes better? I'm just kinda lost trying to learn UI icon design and would love to hear opinions on how I should approach this.