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Esther Van der Drift

Illustrator

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Hand-drawn wallpaper

ILLUSTRATING ITEMS

For my pattern I drew some pretty accessories I had lying around my office/craft room. I really like the aesthetic of flat lays, so I used the same top-down perspective and a half-drop. My trusty Uni Pin fineliners were used to ink all of the items. I had some trouble scanning in my illustrated tile as my scanner kept clipping the edges on one side.

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CREATING THE REPEAT PATTERN

I corrected the pattern in Photoshop and used the live trace function in Illustrator to vectorize my pattern. There's a really neat tool under Object --> Pattern --> Make that allows you to offset your pattern to make sure you get that perfect half-drop.

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PUTTING IT UP ON THE WALL

The final step was putting my pattern in a mockup with a blank wall to see what it would look like as a full-blown wallpaper. The end result is pretty cool, but no way I'd put that on the walls of my own home. Way too busy!

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SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

I don't think the whole process of cutting my image and putting it back together in different ways is for me. I prefer to draw each item separately and arrange them digitally in Illustrator. It's much easier to shift a few things around when you have some leftover white space that way. I do feel like I now have a better understanding of how patterns work though, so thank you Julia for teaching this informative class!

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