Tessellating Patterns in Illustrator

Melissa Wiederrecht, Geeky Artist

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8 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Tessellations and Escher

    • Tessellations by Hand

    • Getting Started With The Templates

    • Adding Detail

    • Adding Detail And Extracting The Full Shape

    • Make Pattern Swatches

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Tessellating patterns are those awesome and fascinating patterns in which one single shape is repeated, rotated, and flipped around, and yet always fits perfectly within itself.  Think M.C. Escher’s "Flying Fish", and "Lizards", and "Pegasus":


While Escher had to do these patterns by hand and with lots of math and time, we can create these kinds of patterns in a matter of seconds and with just a couple clicks in Adobe Illustrator!

In this class you will learn how to make tessellating patterns in Illustrator with the help of my free template downloads… and it is as easy as connect the dots - I’m not kidding.  As a bonus you will also see how to create a few tessellating patterns by hand.

Your project will be to make a tessellating pattern in Illustrator!  You can make something resembling and animal if you like… or a leaf… and or really anything you can imagine.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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very usefull! thanks a lot
Very interesting class. I have seen this kind of design many times and couldn't figure out how to make it.
Very easy to follow and I'm really excited to develop my own patterns using the templates provided. Thanks Melissa!
Daphne Edwards

Design Student - Pattern/Interiors/Art





Melissa Wiederrecht

Geeky Artist


Hey, everybody! My name is Melissa Wiederrecht. I am a lover of art, mathematics, computer science, and most especially everything that lies in the intersection of any two or three of those.

I have two classes about generative art, and two classes about Drawing Symmetric Patterns Live In Illustrator.  Please check them out!  Thanks ;)

Also, check out my work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melissawiederrecht/, and https://ww...

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