Fashion Illustration with TJ Walker

TJ Walker is a fashion designer and the co-founder of the streetwear brand Cross Colours, and has over two decades of experience designing clothing. This month in the Textile Design Lab TJ has offered a tutorial to our members in three parts: first, a short video on Illustrator basics and file set up which leads into part two–a step-by-step tutorial on illustrating a short sleeve crew neck tee shirt, and lastly, a look at some of TJ’s work over the years and his list of “5 P’s”–thoughts on finding lasting success and longevity in our creative industry. Textile Design Lab members also receive a downloadable female figure template as seen below.

You can read more about TJ in our recent interview here, and please enjoy this short excerpt from part two of TJ’s Textile Design Lab tutorial, walking through the process of creating a tee shirt in Illustrator.
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Ready to add a neckline, sleeves and hemline stitching to your tee shirt? Become a member of the Textile Design Lab to gain access to the rest of this tutorial, including TJ’s video on Illustrator file setup, a downloadable female figure template as seen in the above sneak peek, and TJ’s thoughts on what it takes to succeed as a designer. TDL membership is just $49/month and in addition to our monthly guest expert tutorials you also will receive access to our private forum, eight different e-courses, fun design challenges and lots more exciting and helpful content to get your textile design career off the ground. Visit to learn more! 

At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.

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