Monthly Archives: January 2020

A quick doodle in the morning as a warm-up before a full day of drawing.

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Westend Vibes. A quick drawing of a street intersection by Nicola and Nelson in the westend of Vancouver where our studio is located.

Doing quick doodles in the morning before I start work is kinda like an athlete doing stretches as a warm-up before a race or a competition. Here’s a quick video showing the process starting with a blank canvas.

A first EPSON print of a Gang of Goons illustration.

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Title: Gang of Goons
11″ x 17″ Epson print. Signed and stamped in the back.
EPSON PRO 3880 print.

Really impressed with the quality of this EPSON print that my studio mate Hubert Kang graciously and generously offered. You rock Hubert! This print is getting shipped to our friend Noreel in Toronto.

This illustration was done earlier this month to kick off this year called ‘Gang of Goons‘. For print inquiries please contact our studio manager, Aiken Lao: Aiken (@) chairmanting.com

Dare to wear these non-matching socks? New art and design work for Telus’ Storyhive swag.

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Happy to finally see how these turned out in real life. Commissioned illustration and design work for @telus @storyhive swag. We deliberately designed these as non-matching socks so you could wear them even if you lose one them (as we all do). Swipe to see the design process and close up shots of the illustration and details.

Final sock shots. Quick and dirty shots done in the studio.
Final vector pieces for design assembly.
A screenshot of the rough design process.
Close up shot of the sock for an idea of texture and to see the details of the illustration.
Sock 1.
Sock 2.

A rat pack busting into the new lunar year. Happy Year of The Rat.

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Happy year of the Rat everyone!
I had many concepts for this post but decided on this one called ‘Rat Pack’ because this one was just naturally crazy fun to draw. A different kind of rat pack busting into the year of the Rat. Wishing everyone a year of happiness and peace.

Rat Pack. Digital illustration.
The final illustration done on Procreate.
The rough concept sketch.

A timelapse video of my illustration process.

Our design submission won 2nd place for a design competition hosted by Westbank.

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Our proposed design concept called ‘Meet Up For Coffee’

We are so thrilled to have been notified by Westbank that we won 2nd place in a design competition called This Is Not A black Box.

The design proposal we submitted was titled ‘Meet Up For Coffee’. Essentially, the structural design is a giant coffee cup. Big thanks for our studio manager Aiken Lao for putting the proposal together despite the tight deadline we were working with. 

The challenge is to come up with a structure that will increase the diversity of events that can be held in the atrium in the Woodwards building by challenging the current restrictions that the space presents. Westbank was looking for a structure design that is aesthetically pleasing, multi-purpose, modular, transportable. A structure that will challenge restrictions and enable the following events to take place:

A. Security: The structure must be secure given that it’s in a public space.

B. Business Activity: The structure must minimize any disruption of the business activities of the two retailers on site: London Drugs and Nesters Market.

C. Privacy: The structure must enable privacy to the attendees, if that is a requirement of the event.

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge is to come up with a structure that will increase the diversity of events that can be held in the atrium by challenging the current restrictions that the space presents.

OUR SOLUTION

We are proposing an art installation called “Meet Up For Coffee” that has dual functions as an event space and as an art piece for the public. This multifunctional space works as a stage and private area for events like art exhibits, retailer pop-up, fashion show, and more.

SECURITY The installation has glass doors with locks to ensure the space inside is secure. A custom tarp can be made to keep the installation clean from graffiti.

BUSINESS Activity Installation does not cause a disturbance to the local businesses in the space as it stays contained to its own area. The installation is movable on wheels so it can be put away for storage or to be moved in the outside area of Woodward’s.

PRIVACY Doors can be open and closed to create a public and private space inside the coffee cup. The sleeve can be extended to reveal a food-truck style opening to serve as a bar and acts as an extension to create a larger private space for events. Screens on the outside of the sleeve can act as branding and signage for an event, or a temporary advertising space when acting as art installation for the public.

SPECIFICATIONS The structure will be about 2.5 metres tall to be able to fit through the doors and moved to the outside atrium area of Woodward’s if required. Wheels with locks will be installed for mobility purposes. The container will be built with a mixture of wood and PVC plastic to keep it stable and lightweight.

Our initial rough concepts
The original marker sketch.

Ready to rumble to take on 2020 with full force.

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A gang of goons. Digital illustration.

Kicking off 2020 with this quick and fun illustration of a gang of goons that are ready to take on 2020 with full force. 2019 was our best year yet and to make sure we continue to ride high, we’re pulling out all stops for 2020. One thing we’d like to do this year is to work more on fun personal illustrations. Here’s the first of many.

Here’s the process video: