Alex Mathers is a self-taught illustrator from London. He’s currently based in Tokyo, where he’s working with the Google design team. His clients have included Wired and Macworld magazines, Kraft, and Saatchi & Saatchi NY.

In this tutorial, illustrator Alex Mathers introduces the work process behind many of his vector landscapes, and details how, by using Illustrator CS6’s updated Pattern tool, he adds further depth and ease to the illustration. 

You’ll learn how to use this tool to build repeating objects within vector scenes. These include vector-only textures created from crescent shapes that add a hand-made look. Alex also explains how to tweak those patterns, and how to best make them a part of the scene you intend to create.

The techniques shown here can be applied to making landscapes, as well as any pattern creation within Illustrator, including simplifying any work that contains repeated objects.

In the project files, you’ll find Alex’s completed illustration. This is for reference only and should not be used for any other purpose.

Time to complete 

3-4 hours


Illustrator CS6


Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here

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