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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!

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X-Files Fan Art Posters: “Episodes” Series, pt. 6

I took some unexpected time off to deal with family stuff, and I’ve been re-watching the first half of season 1 on Netflix (in glorious HD), so I made some new posters this week.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t draw a poster for the Pilot, and I’ve had the ideas for all things for some time. Beyond the Sea is a new favorite episode; it didn’t appeal to me at first, but has grown on me after watching it a few times.

All of these are available in my Etsy shop!