Monthly Archives: May 2020

What’s your new norm? We were invited by ADCC to share our WFM photos.

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Through strange times our creative industry persists.

We’re happy to be invited to be part of this fun series by The advertising & Design Club of Canada called the #ADCChomeoffice.

The series is set to explore the current office spaces designers are working and creating from.⁠ Here’s ours. We live in a 5 level split townhome built in the 70’s in the Westend of Vancouver. On the 4th level, we have our home studio where we’re working from now. The space lets in loads of light thanks to all the skylights and windows we have. For most meetings and video calls, we do it on our patio to avoid the kid screams and banshee crying sounds from our 10-month-old. We sometimes use the dining table to lay all our work down for more tactile work. As nice it is working from home, we can’t wait to get back into the studio when this pandemic blows over. Go check out all the other spaces featured on the ADCC IG feed.

Our home office. An open concept townhome built in the 70s. We have lots of skylights and lets in loads of light which is nice but the glare on our screens can sometimes be a problem.
Our rooftop patio has been a great place of refuge for virtual video meetings as our kids can be quite disruptive. And we try our best to work outside as much as possible. Vitamin D!
Our second desk. Denise’s workspace is smaller as she’s mostly responsible for admin and finance work.
Our beloved Herman Miller Nelson Swag desk has served us so well for the past 9 years.
One of our favourite art pieces in our home. A limited print titled ‘Masquerade’ by James Jean.
Released through MAEKAN back in 2016.
Our custom art bike for adidas Originals fixie from a project back in 2010 now is one of our centre art pieces in our home. It sits in front of ‘Chaos’ 28″ x 40″ that I painted back in 2015 in my old studio at 1000 Parker. Both of these pieces sit by our home’s front entrance.
Looking up to our feature piece from the front entrance. Spot the Jean Julien’s IKEA limited art print. ;)
Denise likes to change up her scenery by working in living room. This large dining table has been our go-to spot for bigger illustrations or laying down all our design work.
Denise pretending to be hard at work. ;)
Hidden gems. Our micro Benz G-Wagon hides behind our design annuals.
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SNAG Art Auction: ‘Paint Me Silver’ now available for bids.

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UPDATE: SOLD! This piece got the most bids out of the entire collection of work.

Thank you to everyone who put a bid on this piece. It’s rare for me to sell originals these days as I’m mostly occupied with commercial work but I promise to create more handcrafted artwork in the future. And to those who have my originals, I hope my work will increase in value over time. My sincere thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of my work., you guys rule!

Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)

This was the first time I did an IG live video where I painted live alongside the talented comic book artist Stefan Tosheff on the @Snagart channel. It was a little odd at first mostly because I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to draw but literally minutes before going live, I had a visual in my head and just went for it. This piece is called ‘Paint Me Silver‘ named after one of my favourite tracks by POND – Had a blast using my favourite Krink K75 silver marker and POSCAS. This bad boy is up for grabs: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart

Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)
Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)
Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)
Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)
Bid on this piece here: https://www.32auctions.com/snagart
Title: Paint Me Silver
Medium: KRINK Silver paint, Molotow Acrylic, Posca paint on Russian Birch Wood
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″ (1.5″ deep)

Trying to find the perfect frame for your White Caps art print? We got you.

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A gift to the BC Children’s Hospital delivered by Whitecaps FC player Tosaint Ricketts.
Photo Credit @WhitecapsFC.

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who has purchased a print. You’ve helped us raise over $125,000 so far to help the Vancouver Food Bank. Amazing.

We’ve received some inquiries from you wonderful folks on how to best frame your freshly printed piece of art, and thought that sharing our tips here would be the easiest for everyone to find. The options are endless, but here’s what we recommend:

NOTE: We’ve received an update from the printers that the print is actually about an inch larger than specified. The more exact dimensions would be 25″ by 19″. You will need to trim the white borders off to fit the frames we mentioned here or get a custom frame. We apologize for the inconvenience!

  1. IKEA
    For a quick and price-friendly framing option, IKEA would be our first recommendation. The KNOPPÄNG, LOMVIKEN, and RIBBA are all frames from IKEA that would roughly fit the White Caps artwork with a mat. We emphasize roughly because none of the frame sizes we’ve seen will perfectly fit our art. You will have to use their provided mat, which will lop off some imagery from the sides of the print.
  2. Major Art Supply Retailers
    Art stores like Opus Art Supplies provide an array of more premium frames that are exactly 24″ by 18″ so none of the artwork cropped off. This is an excellent option to balance cost and quality, especially during their frequent 20% off events! Most of these art suppliers usually provide custom framing options as well if you’d like to further customize the frame and glass options.
  3. Online Frame Retailers
    There are countless online retailers that specialize in framing, but one retailer we recommend is Opposite Wall. Opposite Wall is a Montreal-based home decor boutique that offers a large range of high-quality frames at a reasonable cost. Shipping within Canada is usually a flat rate of $9.95, but free shipping is provided for all orders over $50.
  4. Custom Frames
    For custom fine art frames Framagraphics and ABC Fine Arts are some of the popular framing options in Vancouver that allow you to fully customize how you want the frame to look with your new print. Aside from the physical frame, custom framing companies will also offer UV-protection glass options to prevent discolouration in the artwork. As 24″ by 18″ is a common print size, most custom framers in your area should be able to accommodate easily.

Make sure you share your frames with us on Instagram by tagging @Chairman_Ting or using the hashtag #ItTakesAVillage. We’re so excited to see how your framed art will look.

SNAG Tune in Tonight on the Snag Instagram at 8 PM PST for a live painting art auction with myself vs. Stefan Tosheff.

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https://www.instagram.com/snagart/

Tune in tonight to see me paint live on Snag’s IG live feed. I’ll be painting alongside (virtually) with Stefan Tosheff. This will be my first time, not exactly sure what to expect, and I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be painting / drawing. This will be interesting, to say the least.

VIDEO: A Dash Of Hope mural timelapse.

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Happy Friday!
Here’s a quick and fun process video of my HOPE mural.
The video was deliberately made gritty, dirty and scratchy, kinda like the state we’re in but we remain hopeful. Hope is what we need to keep our vision straight and bright. Have a great long weekend everyone! Music made by the talented Paul Chin from Toronto.

Turn up the volume!

Thank you:
Vancouver Mural Fest
Vancity Bank
Robson Street
City Of Vancouver
Goodbye Graffiti

It Takes A village campaign raised over $100,000 for the Vancouver Food Bank in just 2.5 days.

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Get your print today.
https://www.ittakesavillage.shop/

WOW! Thank you, Vancouver! The past few days have been amazing to experience as we officially topped more than $100,000 mark (and still climbing) in just 2.5 days since the launch of this fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Bank. The amount of media attention we’ve been getting has been absolutely stunning. Thank you to all the media that has given this project the spotlight because, without you and your coverage, we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much in such a short period of time. But, we are far from done and we’re still counting on all of you to keep this momentum going.

During these times, there’s been a real significant spike in demand for help from families that are struggling to put food on the tables. We are crazy proud of all the success we’ve been getting. It really does take a village. Big thanks to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for spearheading the entire campaign and bringing us onboard (Kindred & Scout, Leah Gregg, Aiken Lao, Ryan Leeson, Hubert Kang, Amy Jones, Mike Southworth).

Get your print today (100% proceeds to directly to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank) and hopefully, we’ll hit another major milestone soon. Purchase yours today: https://www.ittakesavillage.shop/

Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 1: Full colour.
Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 2: Whitecaps Blue
Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 1: Full colour.

It Takes a Village featuring Tosaint Ricketts.


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