In this tutorial I want to cover a couple of different ways of doing Celtic Interlock using Illustrator. This can be useful for either doing borders around images, for creating maps, doing masonry, or for any kind tattooing (or something like that). So for the first chapter, I’m going to keep it simple and we’ll just take three colored rings of equal size, arrange them symmetrically, and then with the tricks I’m going to show you using the paint bucket tools we’ll have them interweave as a Celtic Interlock would be.
In chapter 2, we’ll do a more traditional braid design, and we'll use the guides to make it as symmetrical as we can and then use that to create a tiling pattern brush that we can apply to some other splines.
Alright, follow along and we’ll see what we can make!
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After studying film and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute, Greg Kulz began working full-time as an artist in the SF Bay Area. Always interested in experimenting with new techniques and methods, Greg turned to 3D motion graphics as his new medium in 2001. Since that time, he has worked on such projects as the Team America and WWE video games, Ironman, various short films and a number of product modeling contracts for corporate clients including Sony, Panasonic and Frito-Lay. Greg's first love remains character creation, but he also enjoys working with motion graphics, texturing, and modeling.