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Illustration marathon. Yesterday’s 16 hour shoot at Westside Studios.

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Yesterday was one of the longest workdays I’ve had this year. Arrived at Westside at 10am and walked out just past 320am (Thank god for Uber drivers! Hey Vancouver! Wake up!). Here’s what the set looked like when I got there with the client.

I can’t even count how many fat Krinks, Poscas, Molotows (one blew up in my hand), and Sharpies I went through. My right hand feels like a lobster claw right now.

It was a real honour to be on this project especially knowing what a great cause this is for the University Hospital Foundation.

Project link on our portfolio: https://chairmanting.com/uhf

Prep work when I arrived fresh off the plane for the pre-pro meeting.
The crew testing equipment.
Shot of the completed set.
Derek Shapton working his magic at an ungodly hour.
Shot on the Nikon D600.
Snapped this on the Nikon right before leaving the studio.

Doodles from the air enroute from Vancouver to Toronto for a project at Westside Studios.

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Here are a few doodles on the plane Sunday morning with my newish posca markers. I hopped on a plane to Toronto for a really fun project that my ex-boss, Karen Howe got me on board for.

Title: Dream Prance.
Was trying to only draw non-recognizable objects for this doodle exercise.

I was working with Westside studios for a TV shoot yesterday (16 hours!). What’s really funny is, I got to work with Derek Shapton again. Derek and I go way back, like 20 years back. When I first entered the business, the very first photographer I commissioned was Derek from Westside. At the time, I got him to shoot a print campaign for FRAM air filters. I was working with an all-star team, including Mark Mason, Matt Antonello, and of course my ex-boss Karen Howe. Karen was my CD when I worked for the then indie agency, Due North Communications (it’s now rolled into some other MDC agency I believe).

GTB Toronto and Montreal HQ Mural installed and embedded with loads of easter eggs.

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GTB’s visual brand manifesto measures 123″ tall by 296″ wide.

This project for GTB Toronto and Montreal was definitely one of our top 5 projects of this year so far. Working closely with the Executive Creative Director, Yasmin Sahni, we created this multi-layered of crazy fun artwork that’s embedded with a ton of easter eggs including subtle nods to great artists like Keith Haring, Alex Colville, Ai Weiwei, Edward Hopper, The Toronto Raptors, and more. This massive illustration can actually be taken apart as each component is its own entity. Here’s one piece extracted for fun. It’s called ‘The Running Building”.

The Running Building. One of hundreds of elements that make up this giant GTB mural.

Here’s a closer look at the mural broken up into two parts.

First half of the mural for a closer look.
Second half of the mural for a closer look.

It was extra nice to be able to work with Frank Turner again, the owner of Clockwork Productions in Toronto. I used to work with Frank way back in the early 2000s when I was an art director working in Toronto. Frank and his team always pull through in spades, so when I knew they were handling the production, I was more than thrilled. Project Management at the studio by Aiken Lao.

Check out more snaps of the mural that we pulled from social.

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Childhood Nostalgia in Riverdale Toronto.

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Childhood Nostalgia. Quick 30 min. Sketch of my neighbourhood where I grew up in downtown east Toronto in Riverdale.

More illustrations done for Toronto’s new public space, The Bentway.

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More illustrations created for Toronto’s latest fun and innovative public space that runs along the Gardiner Expressway connecting all 7 neighbourhoods called The Bentway – It was super fun working on this project with the good people at Good Digital Culture in Toronto.
I created more than a dozen illustrations for this project which I’m eager to share with all of you and like I said before, I really do get extra giddy when I get to work on projects for my hometown Toronto.

Toronto, you’ve grown so much since I last saw you in June.

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I was in Toronto last week for a short business trip and I was just blown away by how much the city has changed the last time I visited in June. I was back in my hometown for a few meetings including Deloitte Canada at their beautiful new HQ on Yonge and Adelaide, the good folks at Good Digital Culture in Liberty Village and a quick visit to Red Bull Canada for an art project that I’ve been working on since fall. Here are a bunch of photos I took with my Nikon and iPhone. Read More »

La Carnita DOS II in Toronto was a hit.

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Thanks to all our friends that came out to support us tonight at the La Carnita DOS II show at the Evergreen brick works in Toronto despite the crazy monsoon that hit us right before the opening of the show. A sold out event of over 2,500 people. Two new pieces were exhibited tonight called CRUSH and Untitled. Big shout out to Clay Rochemont for organizing such a spectacular event. Read More »