I'm trying to replicate the pattern of F. Scott Fitzgerald's tie from "Midnight in Paris" in Illustrator.


I thought it would be easy enough, but have tried a lot of things with the white squares and gold background, and it always comes out something like this.


My first idea was one square.

One square

I don't know what to do anymore. Maybe I'm overthinking it

  • Think of it as a checkerboard. So the base pattern is 2 by 2 with 2 empty squares and 2 with content. Jun 29, 2023 at 6:04
  • Oh, so like this? Sorry, I don't know if you can put pictures in comments but I'll do my best to make art with text that's understandable. Blank space, square (new line underneath), square, blank space?
    – QMan2488
    Jun 29, 2023 at 6:31

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It's a simple checkerboard using brick by row for an offset:

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I would actually create a pattern of only the focus areas - just the little white box and what's inside it (replacing white with red in the image below, so it can be seen). Creating a no-fill, no-stoke, rectangle behind everything to define the actual tile boundaries. Then I'd apply another fill beneath the actual pattern for the flood fill:

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Or create a second pinstripe pattern to use for the background fill (the red box above was set back to white for the image below):

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  • I'm not home right now, but will definitely try this when I get back. Just wanted to let you know I've seen it and am not ignoring you.
    – QMan2488
    Jun 29, 2023 at 16:08
  • No worries :)
    – Scott
    Jun 29, 2023 at 16:30
  • I just noticed this now: is that blood on the tie? 😃 Still not home by the way.
    – QMan2488
    Jun 30, 2023 at 1:00
  • Catsup... darn street hot dogs... :)
    – Scott
    Jun 30, 2023 at 4:06
  • I see. :) My more violent mind went to blood right away.
    – QMan2488
    Jun 30, 2023 at 17:39

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