Monthly Archives: May 2019

We The North. A Canadian basketball success story 24 years in the making.

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Back in 2014, we were commissioned by Sid Lee, an advertising agency from Montreal (Toronto, Paris, LA) to create this massive illustration (one of the biggest we’ve created) for Sport Chek to sponsor the Raptors. This campaign #MyNorth had a massive media buy at the time where it was plastered all over Toronto. The artwork and campaign have earned us several awards including CA, Clios, Lotus Awards, Applied Arts and Graphis.

Seeing The Toronto Raptors headed into the NBA Finals for the first time in history is absolutely amazing! The first thing we thought of was to pull this project back out to share and celebrate for our hometown team. Looking forward to seeing the next game against the Warriors.

Project link: https://chairmanting.com/mynorth

Inspired By. A night of creativity hosted by The Advertising & Design Club of Canada. June 6th.

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June 6th 2019 | The Anza Club, Vancouver, 6-9pm.

I’m really honoured to be invited to be a featured speaker at this event called ‘Inspired By’ hosted and organized by The Advertising & Design Club of Canada. This club has inspired me since the very early days of art school at OCAD. I still remember vividly how I used to volunteer at the club by handing out the beautifully designed annuals and swag bags to all the attendees during the awards ceremony hosted at the Royal Museum of Ontario. I would try to identify all the advertising superstars that walked through the doors to make sure I got a chance to introduce myself and maybe even get a business card or two.

This was over 2 decades ago and the club has never stopped inspiring me since that day so I’m incredibly flattered and honoured to have been invited to speak at this event called ‘Inspired By‘ where I’ll be talking about why I do what I do and all the inspiration behind it all.

The Vancouver advertising scene has been fairly fragmented and devoid of any sense of community since the passing of the Lotus Awards so I’m really happy to see an event like this is happening.

Hope to see you all there! Grab your tickets here via Eventbrite.

BCAA magazine front cover artwork. Making BC Better on and off the road.

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The art board. Not everyone knows this but I build most of my artwork in layers once the final composition is locked down. This allows me to have lots of flexibility to move things around and the ability to animate if the opportunity presents itself.

Stoked to see the magazine printed in person. This was a real fun illustration project. Every single element in this illustration is on a separate layer so it can be used as an animation piece or rearranged for another application in the future. Big thanks to our studio manager Aiken Lao for overseeing the production and our intern Emily Rose for her help with visual research.

One of the mandates of the brief was the use of vibrant colours.

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Salt Spring Island Diaries. Our art installation in 5 days on this beautiful property.

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A shot of the kitchen area art installation.

This art installation project is hands down one of our most favourite projects of 2019. The weather was perfect and the property we were on was spectacular to the say the least. We were working inside this amazing custom home (glass doors all around that slide open on all sides!) sitting on over 100 acres of land surrounded by tall pines and a little lake out front was straight out of a postcard. When we arrived we were greeted by the workers on site and Andrew Latreille, the talented architectural photographer that Patrick flew out from Vancouver to document our art installation process for the week.

Day 1.

Arriving on the property the first day.

A few snaps of the main house and the gorgeous guest house just 100 metres away sitting in the field of grass surrounded by tall pines and a valley.

Day 1 started late. We didn’t arrive on location until 2pm. Once in the house, I started sketching out both illustrations with a chalk on one hand and the print out of the art on my other hand. The entire sketching process took about 2 hours. While I chalked, Denise, Aiken and Audrey (yes, even our kid came!) went to check in at our AirBnB 15 min. away from the site.

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Mural project for Powers Construction out in Salt Spring Island.

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Our first hand-painted mural of the year takes us to Salts Spring Island for Powers Construction. We are extra giddy about this one because the home we are painting in is insanely beautiful and the guest house is literally straight out of Dwell Magazine (we’ll publish those photos once it’s officially published through Dwell). We’re all stocked up on our art supplies for our trip out there tomorrow at the crack of dawn. We will be there for the rest of the week and the weather is looking promising.

All scattered with all our shit.

Earlier in the day, I had to go pick up some camera gear from the award winning architectural photographer, Andrew Latreille to take to Salt Spring so he doesn’t have to lug all that gear on the plane. Really stoked that Patrick got him to shoot our process.

We were able to cram all our paints in the secret compartment under the trunk space!
All the boxes of paint and art supplies are all neatly hidden underneath in the huge underfloor storage. Well done BMW!