New POSCA marker set just arrived at the studio so here’s a doggy doodle.

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Sup Dawg.

Yesterday we received our Posca pack of markers that we ordered for a super cool art project (actually, a TV commercial) that we’re doing in Toronto next week. These markers are seriously ill. Can’t stop drawing with these Posca pens. Did a quick silly doodle on a new-ish sketchbook from Muji. Hope to post more silly doodles up on this blog soon….If we ever find time. Super thankful for all the projects that are coming in to keep us mad busy since….like forever.

The Posca set.

A new illustration called Loopity Loop, inspired by late-night walks through the city.

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Excited to share a new and fun illustration commissioned by Kiaro. Really honoured to be part of their launch and story. A few behind the scenes shots by the talented Albert Law at our studio in Westend of Vancouver.

Title: Loopity Loop

Inspired by late-night walks through downtown Vancouver, Carson celebrates the freedom of stepping outside the analytical mind to find answers in the humour and beauty of your surroundings.

“We all have a tendacy to overthink things, but nothing happens until you set things in motion.”

Animated gif by Aiken Lao.

Whether it’s procrastinating during the creative process, worrying about a complex project at work, or mulling over a big decision, we all have moments in life when we get stuck in a cycle of over-analysis. Woven through the surreal mix of shoes, stairways and lightning bolts, Carson’s piece suggests a simple solution to this problem; let your mind wander. For Carson, this can be exploring the city and finding inspiration in the sights and sounds of his surroundings or escaping an analytical mindset by simply sitting down and getting started. The answers are there, you just need to give yourself the space and freedom to find them.

The rough pencil sketch that was presented to the client prior to final art.
An earlier version without the constraints of the shape of the letter K.
Behind the scenes shot by Albert Law at our studio in the westend of Vancouver.
Behind the scenes shot by Albert Law at our studio in the westend of Vancouver.
Behind the scenes shot by Albert Law at our studio in the westend of Vancouver.

A look behind the scenes shot by the talented Andrew Latreille on Salt Spring Island for our Powers Construction art installation.

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We were lucky enough to have had Andrew Latreille fly into Salt Spring Island from Vancouver every other day to document our process. Here are a few shots we got from Andrew. Thank you for making us look so good!

Full blog post here and portfolio post here.

Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction
Salt Spring Island / Powers Construction

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.

Tiny Ting. Meet our latest Ting Tribe member, Quinn.

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Meet Quinn Ting.

We’re thrilled for the safe arrival of our latest Ting Tribe member, Quinn. He arrived over a week ago weighing 7 lb. and 10 ounces at the most amazing hospital in the world, B.C. Women’s Hosptial in Vancouver! At only days old, he’s already full of character. He makes hard grunts whenever he poops. Who does that? Quinn. Our hearts are full and we’re so excited to have him part of our family. We love you so much Quinn!

This shot was taken on the Google Pixel 2 XL (This is not a Google-sponsored post) and illustrated on Procreate.

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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Happy Monday greetings by Double Douche Duck.

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Title: Double Douche Duck

Happy Monday everyone! I’m a big fan of Mondays and Fridays. Both days mark the beginning of something new and exciting. Today, after a late start this morning, I came in the studio and started to work on this fun illustration project from Montreal for the friendly folks at LNDMRK and doodled out this guy which made me giggle. So here is, meet ‘Double Douche Duck’. Haha!

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