Plaid is one of those clothing patterns that you see everywhere, and it looks hard to draw! But it's really not, once you have the basics down. And if you create a pattern and then register it as a material, you can reuse it again and again. A definite time-saver if your comic is about schoolgirls in plaid skirts, right? In this section I'm going to walk you through the creation of a simple repeating pattern. It's just a grid, so don't let it intimidate you! You can do this, just follow along! You'll be a master of plaid in no time!
The first thing that we need to do is make a new canvas. We're going to make a square. I went with 6 inches by 6 inches and 300 dpi. You could make your pattern smaller than that, it's always better though to scale down instead of up, so keep that in mind. If you'll be doing large 300-600 dpi drawings for print, you don't want to have to scale a 72 dpi material up to fit.