Latest Project: The New York City Skyline Index

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

I don't think I've shared the story of how my roommates and I got into our Greenpoint apartment a year ago.

Long story short, we saw a listing with a deck and an amazing view that was a little over our budget but we all said, "Hey, if it's our last apartment in NYC, we might as well do it big."

This is kinda the view from my apartment but from a much higher elevation. I used Google maps to figure out the names of buildings and totally forgot there was this 3D Maps feature that made things so much more easier.

This is kinda the view from my apartment but from a much higher elevation. I used Google maps to figure out the names of buildings and totally forgot there was this 3D Maps feature that made things so much more easier.

So after we visited the apartment with our broker, we were writing the check when the broker got off the phone and told us someone had already put their deposit in. Our hearts sank, but she suggested try putting in a little more money and maybe that would help.

Well, you know what else would help? The building owner being in Israel for Passover and not doing any business and therefore not getting that initial deposit and then seeing our deposit.

So in the first few weeks of standing on our new deck looking out at this dumb city, I always wondered what buildings are what. So a year later, after renewing the lease…the questions are finally answered. The dumb Manhattan Skyline Index.

Here's an enlarged version where you can press back and forth to see all the dumb building names (i.e. The Wang Building).

This was taken in December 2016 and since then, a luxury condo high-res as large as the building on the far left has been erected directly in front of the Empire State Building obstructing everything.

New York City, man.

I also took another series of images in March during the day that I stitched together, but I didn't like how it looked. I mean, the sunrise image I used for the poster has the Chrysler Building's Shadow on the MetLife Building. And plus it's evidence that I woke up during a sunrise once. This one's just ok…couldn't get the sky to blend together, but you should see it anyway.

I also took another series of images in March during the day that I stitched together, but I didn't like how it looked. I mean, the sunrise image I used for the poster has the Chrysler Building's Shadow on the MetLife Building. And plus it's evidence that I woke up during a sunrise once. This one's just ok…couldn't get the sky to blend together, but you should see it anyway.

Latest Project: @Grey Instagram

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Every week, one employee gets to take over Grey's Instagram. By choice.

Since I was wrapping up my year with Ego's Deck Dream, I decided to apply what I learned from drawing an animal every day into drawing some animals for a week for my employer.

Below is my week's takeover along with process video and some commentary no one asked for.

Sidenote: Every person's takeover has to start with a selfie.


Monday, May 29, 2017 (AM Post)

At the Grey Centennial party, there was a bedazzling station that my friend convinced me to go get bedazzled after a bit of drinking. Yes I bring my selfie stick to the club. Everyone hates it until the next day when they want to see their faces.

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Monday, May 29, 2017 (PM Post)

I went to Die:Beacon with my friend Casey the week before. It was a rainy day and I lost her in the Richard Serra installation cause she walked into the spirals and all I could hear were her shoes.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I come here when work gets to be unnecessarily stressful. 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This was the second game of our second season and we won.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

I've never bought shoes from Flight Club in my entire life, but I stop into their stores often. Why I don't know.


Friday, June 2, 2017

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

This is my favorite bodega in the city. It's East Village Grocers on 9th and 2nd in my old neighborhood. They carry all sorts of stuff. Vegemite, Kinder Eggs, Ben and Jerry's Mint Chocolate Chip. Everything. They used to have a bodega cat but she passed away. 

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 (AM Post)

Also views from my old neighborhood.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 (PM Post)

I had to bring a waterproof iPhone sleeve into the pool, wait for the kid doing the private swim lesson to get out of the pool so the next kid doing the private swim lesson could get in, so I could take my phone underwater and get a shot where there were no kids learning how to swim.

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Though I didn't break the social media engagement records that I wanted to, it was fun, but stressful. And if there's one thing I learned this week, it's that social media algorithms are the absolute worst.

Latest Project: Houston Astros Space Race

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

While walking Ego, Mark and I were talking about one of our usual three things. This time, it was sports, specifically how the Braves have a Freeze race around the track.

Why didn't Houston have something like that? The Nationals have the Presidents Race and the Brewers have the Sausage Race. Shouldn't the Houston Astros have the Space Race?

I laid in bed thinking about this Space Race. Should it be a competition of the space dogs that were involuntarily flown into orbit? Or American versus Soviet space capsules? I couldn't sleep cause I was so excited about what this Space Race could possibly be, when it hit me.

I got into work the next day and spent my morning cooking this up.

Coming to you in 2018 after the Astros win their first World Series.

Latest Project: Valentine's Day Cards

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

A couple years ago, my work partner asked our coworker who was walking by if she would hypothetically go out on a date with me. She laughed and said no. Then I asked her if she'd just gerrymander me out of the friend zone and into her heart. She just kept laughing as she walked towards the kitchen to fill her up water bottle.

Undeterred by a hypothetical rejection to a hypothetical question, yet still hurting from the rejection and harboring the feelings inside, I finally got around to making the Valentine's Day card I'd been meaning to make since that day two years later.

Click to download

Click to download

Anyway, she's dating another coworker now, so this card is for any elected official who's fighting voter suppression.

Latest Project: Ghost of Lincoln

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Sometimes I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think about American today. Like, whenever he haunts the White House, will he look around and be like, "LOOO! WHOSE MAN IS THIS???"

I think yes. So here's a painting of the Ghost of Lincoln to be inserted in times whenever we go and embarrass ourselves.

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"Lo! Whose man is this??" – Ghost of Lincoln

"Lo! Whose man is this??"
– Ghost of Lincoln

Latest Project: Project Notebooks

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

I make a lot of loose projects for whatever stupid reason and sometimes, I need to go back into this stupid projects and make adjustments but when I open it up, there's all these tiny details that I forget about or adjustments like fonts and whatnots and I can't keep track because these projects are stupid and meaningless but damn it, I still care about them, so I made a project notebook to keep track of things like versions, layers, location it was saved and other stuff.

And whenever I've made enough dumb projects, I'll probably make more and print them out professionally instead of printing them at Kinko's and cutting them out myself at home.

These are those covers recycled from previous paintings that served no purpose.

See? Sometimes I need to go back to old projects and that's why I need a notebook for them.

Latest Project: Skyline Paintings

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

The evenings out on our deck have been nice, laying slow and working slow and all. But after taking, like, 20 pictures of the thing, I needed to change things up while getting back in the habit of working on the iPad and Procreate app. Daily schedules and habits have changed after the move.

So I'm keeping a diary of sorts, chronicling the skyline and things that happen around it.

To see the every deck dream, visit the Instagram or full gallery.

Latest Project: Lay Low, Work Slow

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

It's summer in the city. I just moved to Brooklyn. And there's a deck just for Ego to lay out on. Every day should be Summer Friday, but sometimes the account team likes putting a 4:00 meeting on your calendar. On said Summer Friday. In said city.

So I painted this in between said meetings so everyone'll know what Summer 2016 is all about.

Lay Low, Work Slow, 2016. Digital

Lay Low, Work Slow, 2016. Digital

Lay Low, Work Slow, digital process on Photoshop

Lay Low, Work Slow, digital process on Photoshop

My dear friend Valerie loves sloths, so I made an iPhone background for her. Grab it if you'd like.

Latest Project: Ballerinas

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Last year, I watched An American in Paris with my friend Valerie. There was a scene in there that I thought was so beautiful. No photography is allowed during a show, of course, so I committed the scene to memory and randomly accessed that part of the brain last week and decided to put it down on digital paper.

The show is about humans, but to keep with my recent theme of painting animals doing stuff while I watch tv shows about humans doing unrelated stuff, I decided to go with alpacas and llamas while my roommate had a friend over to watch The Bachelor finale.

South American Ballet, 2016. Digital

A thing I enjoy about painting animals is that I learn some things along the way. For instance, farmers often keep a llama around to protect their herd of alpacas because they're independent and alpacas are timid herd animals.

That's why the principal dancer is a llama and her supporting dancers are alpacas.

Process: I felt weird building this gif and seeing a nude (tutu-less) female llama, guys.

After I finished this piece, something I forgot I had in my brain since 2015 while watching a show with Valerie, who got me the tools to finish this piece to begin with, I feel like I'm ready to finally tackle my next big project that I've been planning since 2014: Noah in Space (Name WIP).