Thanks! To me, his shirt is kinda annoying. I mean, it's nifty-looking, but it's kinda a pain to draw the pattern, especially if it's seen at an odd angle like it is here. I keep meaning to draw a few square feet of it and then just drop that in when a drawing calls for it, but I'm too lazy to do something that lazy.
I did that on a picture that had an intricate floral pattern. I mapped it out as a repeating pattern and saved it so that I could just fill any area I needed with the pattern. The trick is trying to get a pattern to repeat without being too obvious about it.
Oh, that's what I meant. I can do that, no problem, since it's just three images--two of palm trees, but with the sunset on opposite sides--and a purple flower. I just need to get off my butt, fins a high-res image that shows the shirt in detail, and then get off my lazy butt and do it.
I did something like that with a more intricate pattern. I had a trick for doing it: put down some of the pattern but don't touch the edges of the tile. Multiply the unfinished image by 4 and choose the middle of the uber-tile. Put down bits that will overlap the edges. Multiply that by 4. Choose another center. Keep going until you have a good tile.
Interesting method. I sometimes just mirror a tile right, left, up and down and then make minor interior adjustments as needed. Although I do have to admit, that I rarely go to so much effort to use very elaborate patterns - only if I'm getting paid for it, or if it's been so long that I've forgotten how long it takes.
I understand that method. It wouldn't work with the representational kind of images I do. But it would be funny to give Wembley a tree with upside-down banana trees on it--he'd probably stand on his head to make it right!