3×3 Illustration Annual. No. 15 – Winner for CMPNY Mural illustration

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Stoked to receive our copy of the latest 3×3 Illustration Annual from New York yesterday. It was our first time entering the 3×3 illustration show and we’re thrilled to have been selected as a winner for the work we did for CMPNY last year. Big thanks to Chris Zawada for bringing us on to this project. It’s been amazing seeing how everyone loves this piece and more importantly how this one style has brought in so many projects for 2018. Read More »

Wishing everyone a very merry holiday!

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We can’t believe next week is Christmas already. That’s crazy. We’re closing the studio over Christmas but will be back on the 26th-28th and then back to regular hours from Jan 2nd onwards. Wishing everyone a very merry holiday and happy new year everyone!

Featured in Applied Art’s Creative Futures ‘Career in The Visual Arts’ magazine.

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Happy to have our studio featured on Applied Arts latest issue of Creative Futures ‘Careers in the Visual Arts’. It’s my subtle way of giving back to the creative community. I’ve always been so grateful for all the advice and mentorship I got from all the amazing people in my life especially from my mentor Glen Hunt. He used to pull up a chair to my desk after work and would coach me on what my strengths and weaknesses are and what I should be focussing on.

Over 14 years ago, I worked for Glen at Dentsu BOS Canada as an art director working on brands like Lexus, Toyota trucks, Canon, Vespa and more in Toronto. During that time I learned so much from him within just 2 short years and I feel like I have this duty to help inspire and mentor the next generation of creatives.

So it’s no surprise that I am very excited to have Emily Rose intern with us at the studio through Capilano University’s practicum program. Emily will be our 4th intern since 2015 where she will be helping us on a new mural project in a few weeks and officially start her practicum with us in Feb of 2019.

Earlier this year we signed on Aiken Lao and little did we know that she turned out to be one of the best decisions we made this year at the studio. Aiken went from intern to a full-time contractor within less than a year and next month she will officially move up to her new title Studio Manager. Her role will be managing all projects coming in for us, Hubert Kang Photography and Annie Chen at Lemoni. We’ll be doing a special interview feature on this blog about Aiken soon. Stay tuned! Exciting times ahead.



Small Cures. A charity art auction fund raiser for cancer patients.

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Online bidding is officially underway! Starting right now, you can bid on nearly 100 amazing paintings from our favourite artists at our online auction site. Or come bid in person at the reception this Thursday Nov 15th from 6 – 9pm at Artscape Young place at 180 Shaw St. Or both. It’s your chance to get some great, small paintings (perfect gift size, actually) for a great cause – to help raise funds for people coping with the costs of cancer.

HOW TO BID ONLINE
1. Create an account at 32Auctions.com/smallcures
2. Click ‘View all Items’ to browse the paintings
3. Submit your bid ***If someone outbids you, you’ll get a notification so you can bid higher***

I created these three small 6″ x 6″ acrylic paintings (Titled: Strut, Forge and Swagger) for a charity called Small Cures in Toronto to help raise funds for people who are living with Cancer. My good friend Kandie Wong was been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2015. She soon realized that the disease affects all aspects of life – including adding lots of financial stress. Kandie received tremendous support from family and friends, and now her wish is to help others in a similar situation.

Cancer patients need a cure for worrying about money while they should be focusing on getting better. A cure for lost wages because they can’t work. A cure for bills that keep coming in. A cure for hospital parking fees, for medications that aren’t covered, and for making sure there’s food on the table.

If you’re in Toronto from Nov 12-15th 2018. There will be an art show and auction where these paintings will be up for auction. 100% of the proceeds will go to this charity, #SmallCures.

Big ups to my friends with such big hearts who helped create this initiative, Chad Kabigting, Jason Perdue, Kim Ridgewell and of course Kandie Wong herself. Also shout out to my studio assistant, Aiken Lao for assisting on one of the paintings (Swagger) and lending me her acrylic paints!

November 12 – 15th
Reception: Nov 15th, 6 – 9PM
Artscape Young place – 3rd floor, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto.

For more info:
http://smallcures.ca

ADCC Silver and Merit Winner: Design, Graphic Design Miscellaneous

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Super stoked and proud to be part of this worthwhile anti-bullying cause by Telus. Today we just found out we got a Silver and Merit design award for this year’s Advertising and Design Club of Canada award show this week. Big thanks to the team at The & Partnership for bringing me on board for this project.

Full credit list

Agency The&Partnership
Client TELUS
Category Design Sub-Category Graphic Design Miscellaneous Year 2018
Award SILVER + MERIT
Executive Creative Director Ron Smrczek
Creative Director Noreel Asuro
Design Director Kammy Ahuja
Art Director Jamie Brand
Illustrator Carson Ting
Account Director Ashleigh McEwan, Lindsay Di Tolla

Ding Dong, It’s Dog. Another quick and fun pencil to pixel illustration.

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Squeezing another quick and fun illustration in between commercial work. This one is called ‘Ding Dong, it’s Dog’. See the process below from pencil to pixel. Done on the iPad Pro’s Procreate app. For more updates, follow us on the gram.

Dawg Gone It. From pencil to pixels and everything in between.

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Kick-starting the week off with this fun little illustration called ‘Dawg Gone It’.
Been trying to build up a bigger body of personal work while juggling a million commercial projects has been hard but rewarding. Dug up this older sketch in my sketchbook and decided to give it a go. If you’re interested in a print, drop us a line. We might make a few prints for the holidays and you can always visit us at the studio store in the West End. We’re usually here Mon – Fri from 10am – 6pm.

Here’s a closer crop version. Can’t really make up my mind on which version is better. Full illustration or closer crop?

Wanna see the illustration process? well looky here. Hit that play button below.

The rough concept sketch. Nothing beats the feeling of drawing on paper with a good old-fashioned pencil.

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