Latest Project: Ego's Houndstooth

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

I learned about tessellations in the fourth grade and got to make my own as a class assignment. I loved my creation so much because it had a squiggly mouth and a squiggly tail and little arms and feet. I explored the houndstooth tessellation a couple times as an adult in my projects like when I made pattern playing cards or drew one of Ego’s Deck Dreams, but I never understood why it was called “houndstooth.”

I also never found adequate satisfaction with my houndstooth exploration, and decided to try one more time. After a false start in January, I got back into it in March because of the excitement building around my in-agency gallery show, Ego’s Dreams. This time, not as a joker or deck dream, but a shirt.

It wasn’t going to just be a plain houndstooth t-shirt, though. It was going to be one where the teeth get yanked off by a hound. I don’t know if Ego ever did this with anything that wasn’t food, but if there’s internet content I love, it’s dogs feeling shame for tearing up the house.

So I started with one of the houndstooth shapes I drew before and pasted it into a new document (I think this is how a lot of chefs make their stock, right? I have no idea) and then pulled down a bunch of houndsteeth and warped them all individually. There is not a single repeated houndstooth in this pile.

I was watching  You  at the time on Netflix. It’s not a good show, but it got me through.

I was watching You at the time on Netflix. It’s not a good show, but it got me through.

Next was to draw this dog. Drawing Ego as the culprit, even though she’s a good girl, was hard for some reason. I couldn’t get the shapes and angles right in Illustrator so I had to freehand it on Procreate and import it in.

Trying to draw a dog in Illustrator while watching simultaneous Houston basketball games (one in NCAA March Madness, and there other in an NBA regular season) is hard.

Trying to draw a dog in Illustrator while watching simultaneous Houston basketball games (one in NCAA March Madness, and there other in an NBA regular season) is hard.

From there, I drew her from two perspectives. Front and back.

1) The red dog on the upper left was the first version. 2)The red outline was imported from the freehand sketch. 3) Then she was outlined and refined to get the proportions and curves right. 4) Then I flipped her and drew her from the back.

1) The red dog on the upper left was the first version.
2)The red outline was imported from the freehand sketch.
3) Then she was outlined and refined to get the proportions and curves right.
4) Then I flipped her and drew her from the back.

Then I had to make sure it was good in the t-shirt template. (These images are from Printful’s mock-up generator).

I had the produced shirt in my possession for months but never found a day to wear it until my last day at Grey New York, when I decided to debut it.

I have no documentation of it, unlike the time I wore my Love Yourself dog shirts, except I just remembered I was inexplicably locked out of my computer that day so I snuck out to the Poster House after lunch and took some green screen photo booth pictures at their museum. So I do have pictures of it. Here you go.

Since I’m cursed with doing things in threes, I suspect two more different iterations will be made at some point.