Hi, my amazing, creative friends!
Due to a recent website redesign, I am publishing blog posts to go with my videos on my YouTube channel, where I post new videos weekly.
Today I want to share a series of my video tutorials where I create a fabric repeat pattern collection from start to finish in vector format in Adobe Illustrator CC. Here is the playlist I created if you prefer to watch all of them on Youtube.
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This is Part 1 in my series about the creation and application of a Succulents Repeat Pattern Collection. In this video, I will show you how to create vector elements for succulents repeat pattern collection in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. You will learn in this tutorial How To Draw Vector Succulents For Repeat Pattern Collection in Adobe Illustrator.
Step 1: Research on Pinterest. Find photos of succulent plants in pots(https://www.pinterest.com/oksancia/pins/) I show you how to research pattern ideas on Pinterest.
Step 2: Rough sketches of succulents and their pots directly in vector in Adobe Illustrator CC using my Wacom Intuos 4 (current version is Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet) tablet and a pen. I show here how to draw succulents plants in Adobe Illustrator
Step 3: Line art – creating outlines and details of the succulents and pots based on my sketches using Blob Brush and Brush tools. I expand the line art and merge the shapes for coloring. I smooth out the lines by selecting them all and use Smooth Tool to make the lines smooth.
Step 4: Coloring. I fill the background shape of each succulent plant with a different color using a color palette I chose inspired by natural colors of the succulents: blues and greens. I then add some highlights and shadows to the elements.
Step 5: Add the pots! I create the pots and embellish them with some simple doodle tribal geometric inspired patterns. Done! 🙂 Our elements are ready to play and be used in the main repeat and a few coordinating repeats which I show in Part 2 and Part 3 of this series. I hope you found this video step-by-step tutorial useful to learn about how to draw vector succulents for repeat pattern collection in Adobe Illustrator. Hopefully, it will help you in your process to learn how to research ideas for your repeat pattern collections and how to create vector elements for your repeat pattern design.
In this video, I will show you how to use our previously created vector elements of cute succulents in pots and use them to create a repeat pattern collection in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 featuring 6 repeat patterns and 2 horizontal repeat borders. You will learn in this video tutorial how to create vector repeat pattern collection with succulents in Adobe Illustrator and how to design a fabric collection in Adobe Illustrator CC.
Step 1: Main Pattern. Create our main succulent repeat pattern design. I expand all the elements that we created in video Part 1 and create a scattered composition on white background. I also add fun geometric shapes to add a playful abstract element to our seamless pattern design.
Step 2: Coordinating patterns. I create 5 more repeat pattern designs using the succulent plant elements and geometric shapes to match my main repeat pattern:
- Scalloped geometric print.
- Geometric scattered shapes print.
- Growing succulents blue scattered repeat texture.
- Colorful succulent plants in stripes.
- Light green succulent organic texture.
Step 3: Horizontal pattern borders. I create 2 horizontal repeating borders patterns to match the collection. Done! 🙂 The base for our repeat pattern collection is ready! 🙂 Yay!
I hope you found this video helpful on your journey to learn how to create vector repeat pattern collection with succulents in Adobe Illustrator and how to design a fabric collection in Adobe Illustrator CC. In Part 3 of this series, I am going to create a placement print and finalize this fabric collection.
In this video, I talk about how to create vector placement print illustration featuring a cute succulents family: Mommy, Daddy, and a Kid succulent in Adobe Illustrator to go with my Succulents vector repeat pattern collection I showed you how to create in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.
If you are learning how to create a vector placement print illustration in Adobe Illustrator CC, then this video is for you.
In this tutorial I am talking about:
1) Why are coordinating placement prints or illustrations are useful and why you should include them in your repeat pattern collection.
2) How to use existing motifs and elements from your patterns to create a base for your placement print.
3) How to use basic shapes and tools to create faces and arms of this cute family of succulents.
Hope this video tutorial was helpful for you to get you started creating vector placement print illustration using Adobe Illustrator. This vector illustration can be used as a kids t-shirt design or a print for a backpack or apron. Hope this gives you ideas how to design a t-shirt print of your own. Thanks for watching!
Our vector repeat pattern collection is finished! It includes matching, coordinating vector seamless patterns, decorative matching horizontal borders, and one placement print featuring a cute family of potted succulent plants 🙂 Part 4 and maybe Part 5
Part 4 and maybe Part 5 are coming soon. I am still working on ideas how to develop this series and will add them to this post once I film them. Have you tried creating your
If you create your first repeat pattern collection based on my tutorials, please let us know in the comments below or share it with us in our Repeat Pattern Mastermind Facebook Group.