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A year in review: 2020 (AKA Dumpster Fire)

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Well, what can we say? 2020 is definitely a year we’ll never forget. With a normal start of the year that quickly turned weird and at times even stranger than fiction. 

Early on when the pandemic started to hit Canada in March, we had projects put on hold and even cancel on us, but as with change comes opportunity. Our proudest moment to come out of the year was definitely our collaboration with the Vancouver Whitecaps. We were very eager to flex our creative muscles for the greater good, to help out on a great cause. So when we got the call from the Vancouver Whitecaps we were all in.

Our ‘It Takes a Village‘ art print helped raise over $140,000 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Although the year started with some uncertainty, it didn’t take long before projects started firing up again which included ridiculously fun ones like the Snoop Dogg x 19 Crime’s Cali-red launch, Kabam new HQ art installation, FOX suspension apparel art, NFB’s instagram based project called First Photo Here, Toyota Supra art install, SFU’s Beedie Mural art install, Vancouver Mural fest and much more.

Also, a very notable highlight was all the opportunities to collaborate with so many amazing human beings such as the peeps in the collective studio like Hubert Kang, Annie Chen, Aiken Lao and Leah Gregg.

For 5 years straight, I’ve been putting together these short and silly year-end videos to recap all the work we’ve done. Here it is, the mega dumpster fire year, 2020. Hope you dig it. Catch you all in a (hopefully better) year, 2021.

Vancouver Mural Festival 2020, The Westend in collaboration with Lemonni.

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Really stoked to be part of the Vancouver Mural Festival again this year. This time I am collaborating with my studio mate, Annie Chen. She’s the crazy talented designer behind Lemonni Design.

This is Annie’s first year with the festival and believe it or not, this mural we’re working on is only her second mural! What a natural talent.

These photos were taken a few days ago by the award-winning photographer, Hubert Kang (Annie’s husband). He also runs Kindred & Scout, a production company that’s less than one years old but has already worked on products for Nintendo, Vancouver Whitecaps, Destination B.C., Fairmont Hotels, The National Film Board of Canada and much more.

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In front of our studio in the Westend, Vancouver. Super proud to be working alongside the ultra-talented, Annie Chen, Founder of Lemonni Design.
Photo by award-winning photographer and director: Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Our daughter Audrey is of course art directing.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Pictured from left: Aiken Lao and Mark Illing
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Mark Illing the zen master. Mark is not only super talented but also a real craftsman.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang

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: