I keep receipt paper at work for scrap papering, note-taking, to-do-list making purposes, and one day during an in-office happy hour, I doodled my friend's favorite dog on the paper and it wrapped around naturally as receipt paper does, and I thought it was cool and she thought it was cute and then I forgot about it until I checked this place where I printed my Birds and the Bees bag and it turns out, they did all-over printing on t-shirts, which is perfect because this doodle wouldn't work unless it was seamless, so then I paced around the apartment with excitement, sat down and fired up Photoshop while watching Nocturnal Animals.
I started off with a sketch of my roommate's favorite kind of dog, even though she's a cat person, the dachshund. Then I had to take that dachshund sketch and put it into Illustrator to stretch the dog out and make sure it'd wrap around correctly.
Once I got the dachshund to the optimal length, I exported her back into Photoshop to start different brush tests.
Happy with how the little guy looked, I went back to the original pup cause I knew at least one shirt would be bought. It took a while to get the correct brush, but it didn't occur to me to fill out the scottie instead of outlining him like the dachshundd.
The final step before I sent these out to be made into shirts was to put it back into the Illustrator template.
Now look at these mock-ups and imagine how excited I was to get the orders in.
Just look at it!
I broke my style guide rule and wore a shirt with a print on it to work. I was very excited.
My other roommate works in fashion and gave me her approval, so it'll be in my revamped store soon!
Also, because I like things in threes, there'll be a third dog soon.