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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

Our VMF Hope mural made it on the front page of Vancouver magazine.

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July 2020 issue.

Pleasantly surprised to find out (Thank you for the message Leah Gregg!) our ‘A dash of Hope‘ mural commissioned by the Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancity and Robson Street made it on the front page of Vancouver magazine.

Vancouver Magazine, July 2020, Page 21.
Vancouver Magazine, July 2020, Page 21.

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

A Dash Of Hope. A pop-up mural in Downtown Vancouver during the COVID19 lockdown.

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Location: 1168 Robson Street, Vancouver.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.

A quick timelapse of my process.

Post-production notes:

The mural took 3 days in total. 1st day was mostly prep work. This included picking up paint and art supplies, priming the wall and sketch work (using a grid system and a good old fashioned chalk).

The grid technique I used for this mural project.

The 2nd day started early at 9am until 6pm. The bulk of the work was done on the 2nd day and on the 3rd day I spent half of the day finishing up details, fixing mistakes, and photographing the final wall.

Because of the COVID situation, I decided to solo the job to minimize any human interaction. The wall was done almost exclusively with spray paint (from Layout art supplies) for speed. I didn’t have access to water and didn’t know how I was going to treat greywater so it only made sense to spray bomb the whole wall.

Fun fact:

The fact that I was soloing the job meant I didn’t have anyone to look after my gear if I had to go to the bathroom, so I decided to not drink anything for the entire time I painted. I was in eco-mode for the entire time which I was quite surprised how well my body adapted. Happy that I didn’t have to resort to adult diapers. ;)


“Everything that is done in the world is done by HOPE.”

Martin Luther King

✨A Dash of Hope✨ is all we need. I’m super pumped about this new mural I did for the Vancouver Mural Festival and Vancity on 1168 Robson Street. Big thanks to Drew Young and the whole Vancouver Mural Festival team for inviting me to be among the 40+ artists to help brighten up the city with our art. It’s a sad sight to see what used to be a vibrant city to be now all boarded up in our battle against this pandemic.

We all just need a dash of HOPE while keeping away from each other and to stay home as much as we can to help continue to flatten this curve. We can do this.

Big shout out to City of Vancouver for the paint and supplies and Goodbye Graffiti for providing a protective coating to our (hopefully) temporary art. Also a big shout out to our amazing studio manager Aiken Lao for holding everything down remotely while I go paint. My apologies for all my late email, text, IG message responses.

Photo credit: Portrait shot by @Tootallthaison | A great talent. Give him a follow on IG.

Thank you to all the people that came to say hi from a safe distance, all the strangers that came up to give me props and thumbs up.

Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
The talented Jopa stenciling tags on each and every mural. Check out his work on IG:
https://www.instagram.com/brotherjopa/

And finally to the random crow that stalked me for all three days, thanks for stealing my bag of skinny nibs. You can suck it crow bird.

A victory prance after wrapping up the project.
A work in progress shot.

Astro Shred, a limited print series for the VMF Gallery Show debuting tomorrow evening.

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VMF’s Gallery Show features the work of over 90 artists from the last four amazing years.

https://www.vanmuralfest.ca/gallery-show

I’m really excited to share this new illustration called ‘Astro Shred’ that I’ve been quietly working on in the background while working on all the commercial projects that we have going on at the studio. It’s increasingly hard to find the time to work on personal work especially with our newborn (Hi, Quinn!) that just arrived less than 2 weeks ago.

If you have time tomorrow night, please go and check out the Vancouver Mural Festival Gallery Show. It’s hosted at the VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane). The line up is incredible! With 90 VMF artists from the past 4 years.

Astro Shred is a one-time limited print of only 10. Each print features a custom hand illustrated tattoo on Astro Boy and gold foil stamped. The print itself is crisp and sharp, handled by the good folks at Mitchell Print (Thanks Scott Gray!). Hope to see you all there!

Title: Astro Shred.
A limited print of only 10. 12×12 print has custom hand-illustrated tattoos and is printed on 100lb Cougar colour copy smooth with gold foil printed by Mitchell Press in Vancouver.
Each print is Gold foil stamped.
Each print is individually stamped, signed and numbered.
It’s 1 of 1 because of the custom pencil tattoo illustration for each print.
12″ x 12″ Opus BOD Wood Framed from Opus Art Supplies.
Each print has a custom hand-illustrated tattoo on Astro by pencil.
Not one print of the 10 is the same.
Limited edition 10-print run titled Astro Shred. Each 12×12 print has custom tattoos and is printed on 100lb Cougar colour copy smooth with gold foil. 
Stamped, signed and numbered on the back as well as the print itself.
An incredible line up of artists from the last 4 years.
Click here for the gallery catalogue.

An Augmented Reality Mural for our Ride Wild Mural.

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Super stoked to see our very first Augmented Reality mural built by our awesome friends at Generate App in collaboration with the equally amazing peeps at Gamomo Creative Labs. Come Saturday from noon til 6pm to check it out in the mural corridor during the Vancouver Mural Fest!

@gamomolabs
@chairman_ting
@vanmuralfest
@malcolmdaniel
@omarojo

Working shots by the talented Jeremy Jude Lee

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I absolutely love these photos that Jeremy Jude Lee took during my interview with the marketing team from Native Shoes. It’s a real honour to have been shot by Jeremy. What I love is how he’s captured the essence of the environment and the general good vibes that day. Read More »