HOW TO DRAW HOUNDSTOOTH PATTERN

In this fashion drawing tutorial, we are going to learn how to draw the houndstooth pattern and how to use it in the sketches. I will show you several different techniques that I use to draw this famous pattern.

 

INTRO

how-to-draw-houndstooth-tutorial-introHoundstooth, also known as dogtooth and pied-de-poule, is a major textile check pattern with notched corners suggestive of a canine tooth, commonly used in tweed.

HOUNDSTOOTH PATTERN DRAWING TUTORIAL

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STEP 1 – WARM UP

Let’s take a look at two techniques that you can use to draw the houndstooth pattern (see the image below instructions).

TECHNIQUE #1

  1. Draw several rows of colored squares.
  2. Add one long leg to a square to connect it with a square on its left.
  3. Add one more leg to connect the square with another square below it.
  4. Add two horns on the upper right corner of the square.
  5. Repeat the actions for every square.

Now scale down. Draw rows of really small squares. Now you are going to show legs and horns just by drawing sticks with a fine line pen.

TECHNIQUE #2

  1. Draw a diamond of a really irregular organic shape. make its limbs long and curvy.
  2. Draw another similar shape next to it. Connect them.
  3. Draw one more shape below it. Connect them.
  4. Repeat the action for every diamond that you draw.

Keep in mind that the distance between the shapes is equal or more than the width of one shape.

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STEP 2 – SKETCH PREPARATION

In Step 3 we will follow 2 video-tutorials, where I am giving step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate houndstooth pattern into sketches. In order to follow the tutorials, you should prepare a sketch with two models.Also, you can download a free printable fashion drawing template by clicking the image below.
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STEP 3 – SKETCH RENDERING

By now you should have your drawing ready for the video-tutorials. In this class, we are going to render dresses with houndstooth pattern from Ermanno Scervino’s F’15 RTW collection.

STEP 4 – DESIGN PROJECT

Now you know how to draw houndstooth pattern. It is time to design something personal. You can share your works in the comment section below and get some helpful feedback from me and other students. Besides showcasing your own designs you can also show your drawing skills by submitting your illustrations of someone else’s designs. So…I am looking forward to seeing your works! 😀

SOME FACTS ABOUT HOUNDSTOOTH

Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the early 19th century, it was initially worn by shepherds as an outerwear made of woven wool. In the 1930s, the upper class adopted houndstooth as a symbol of wealth. In 1959, the houndstooth revived as the main motifs in Christian Dior’s collection. The pattern was featured in his design of a pointed court shoe.

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In the 1960s the houndstooth pattern came back in Ann Klein’s menswear line and Geoffrey Beene used the pattern with lace. Design houses like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Moschino, and Armani revived houndstooth in 1990s and mid 2000s. Oversized houndstooth patterns were also used extensively in Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2009 lineup. Christian Dior featured the pattern in its Spring ’12 couture collection and Christian Louboutin has made a gorgeous heel with it.

The houndstooth is being reinvented every 20 years, it has been employed in a large number of colors.
The Australian retail chain David Jones uses the pattern as a part of their brand identity and corporate logo.

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