Intro

Author:

Ollie Munden, aka Megamunden, combines nature’s creatures, tattoo design, 1980s skate graphics and an essence of the Far East to create his beautiful concoctions.

As comfortable painting large scale murals as he is illustrating for advertising or publishing, it has been hard to escape Ollie’s drawings over recent years. British Airways, Havaianas, Nike, Toshiba, Vodafone, Penguin and New Scientist are just a few of the many who have fallen for his distinctive creations.

Alongside commercial commissions, Ollie is finding more and more that he is being commissioned to design tattoos for private clients.

This tutorial guides you through the process of creating a repeating pattern for a T-shirt print. We’ll focus on creating one main element that will function as the key character of the pattern. We’ll then create elements that will make up the linking imagery – or ‘glue’ – that holds it together.

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This tutorial also shows you how to create shading and turn this into a bitmap shading effect, and how to duplicate drawings and reflect them, to create bold graphic designs.

While this design has been created with a T-shirt in mind, you can use the techniques to create everything from desktop wallpaper to textile designs.

Software

Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

6-8 hours

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