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The X-Files “Truths” Posters, Revised

I haven’t done much in the way of original design or illustration lately (read: zip, zilch, nada) but I’ve been looking at these posters, having recently curated a collection of X-Files fan art for my office, and I wanted to play with them a bit.

The original colors never set right with me, so I thought I’d try a different color scheme. I also tweaked the details while I was in there, since the Fight the Future poster in particular never felt quite finished.

I think I like these versions better, but I’ll come back to them in a few days to see if anything else jumps out at me.

(Updated with less pinkish colors, and I forgot I Want To Believe!)

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How to Make Seamless Repeating Patterns in Illustrator

In the past, I’ve done the bulk of my illustrating in Illustrator, then moved to Photoshop to turn the illustrations into repeating patterns, but that’s clunky. I wanted a method that didn’t require switching between programs.

It turns out this was much simpler than I imagined it would be, so I thought I’d document my process in case it’s helpful to others!

Read on to find out how to create seamless repeating patterns in Illustrator!

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Floral Patterns

I’ve been having fun doodling flowers. Since March in Maine looks nothing like spring, I figured I could use some extra color on my desktop while I wait for the real flowers to show.

I’m also putting together a short tutorial on how to create seamless repeating backgrounds like the ones above in Illustrator. Stay tuned!

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Evolution of a Family Portrait

Every few years I revise our illustrated “family portrait”, and this weekend I decided we were due for an update. Gwen is no longer a baby, we adopted a dog, and my hair is looking a lot less saturated these days (I still can’t bring myself to draw it white! Maybe in another four years…)

It’s fun to see how we’ve evolved. It’s only been seven years, but so much has happened in that time, it feels like ages!