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All will be well despite all the chaos out there.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy and positive during these strange COVID times. It’s during these times that we are reminded of all the love we have all around us. Every day we get phone calls, emails, messages and more from family, friends, associates, old co-workers and more. Although we are practicing physical social distancing by working from home, we feel more connected to all our family and friends than ever.

Oddly enough, we are actually more busy than usual and we’re very grateful for this. We are working on a couple of very exciting projects that have been keeping our spirits high and hopeful for a brighter and stronger future for all. We can’t wait to share all the work we’ve been busy chipping away at, but until then, please stay safe at home. All will be well.
Spiritually, we will see you all tonight at 7pm to thank all the modern heroes that are courageously fighting in the front lines to keep us all safe.

How’s everyone doing? Here’s a quick update from us working from home.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy, positive and more importantly, staying away from other people by staying home.

As we’ve been working from home, we try to keep our daily routine as normal as possible by keeping our work hours the same and schedule daily status calls with Aiken, our studio manager.

Luckily our lovely clients are still keeping us busy so for the most part, it’s business as usual.

Being stuck inside doesn’t mean we can’t paint murals digitally at home. Here’s a quick mockup of one of our favourite murals we created and was digitally installed in our townhome in the west end.

A digital mockup of the mural in our home in the west end.

This illustrated map of Vancouver was a commissioned illustration piece for CMPNY under the creative direction of Chris Zawada, partner and head of creative at Full Punch. Stay home and creative.

Here are a few close-ups of the illustration:

It’s Friday and if you’re feeling well, bored out of your mind from self-isolation, read German and like the work we do, then you’re in luck.

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The Cover.

2020 has been a whirlwind so far. If you’d like to take a break from all the COVID-19 news and read something else, we’d like to share some good news.

Chairman Ting has been featured in a German design magazine called PAGE! Surprisingly, we’ve had quite a few pieces featured in Germany this year starting with our trade booth designs for Munchkin. It’s always cool to see our artwork go global. The magazine also features fellow Vancouverites such as Glasfurd and Walker–we love your work. Special thanks to the writer Sabine Danek for making the trek over to speak to us in person.

Headlining the feature article. Not too shabby eh?
The magazine also features fellow Vancouverites such as
Glasfurd and Walker–we love your work.

This is also the first time our space, which has been represented under many names (Production Road, Forces of Nice, you name it we still haven’t picked one), has been mentioned in print. For those who don’t know, our studio, Chairman Ting, is located in a collective office space with fellow creatives Annie (LEMONNI), Hubert (Hubert Kang Photography), and Leah Gregg. When possible, we join forces on projects while still being able to work as individuals. It’s amazing to see how each person brings a unique set of talents and insights to the table given our different specializations and experiences.

Click here for high-res file to read article in German. ;)

Thanks again for the feature PAGE magazine. We hope this is the first step in bringing Vancouver’s creative talent to the world stage.

Now back to your scheduled COVID-19 news. We hope that everyone stays safe, practice social distancing, and use this opportunity to catch up on some rad personal projects. Netflix is a good second option.

High As The Heavens series, Communication Arts 2020 illustration awards, shortlisted.

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Shortlisted, Communications Arts 2020 Illustration Awards competition.

Excited and proud to have this illustration series for 1964 Supply Co. shortlisted for Communication Arts 2020 illustration Awards competition.

CREDITS

Agency: One Twenty Three West

Title: High As The Heavens

Client: 1964 Supply Co.

Creative Director, Design: Kim Ridgewell

Account manager: Matt Mcgarva

Production/Producer: Ninette Aves

Illustrator: Chairman Ting

An illustration series melding both traditional Chinese folklore creatures with a contemporary street art style and flat graphic shapes to create a whimsical and surreal world. From low to higher doses, each state’s intensity is represented in the illustration style and content.

True North, an art installation project for BCAA’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.

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Installed by our good friends at Willow & Stump.

True North was an art project that has been in the making for several months last year just this week all three art pieces have finally been installed as a permanent feature at the BCAA headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Installed by the front lobby of BCAA’s headquarters.

This project was the culmination of many months of collaborative ideation between our studio and the bright minds at BCAA’s marketing and brand team. The main focus was to visually tell BCAA’s brand story in a fun and positive way. Through many brainstorm sessions, we landed this visual concept that incorporated these brand pillar concepts: ‘Putting people first’, ‘Protecting our home’, ‘Doing the right thing’, ‘Shaping the future’, and ‘The power of community.’

Here’s a quick timelapse of our live painting sessions in Osoyoos.



We didn’t just want the artwork to be painted on commercial processed wood so we looked to our friend Adam Corneil from Naturally Crafted and Unbuilders for an eco-friendly approach. We ended up sourcing a 100-year-old fir wood from a demolished home in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood (King Edward and 41st area). 

Finalizing the art back in our studio in Vancouver.

We then got our friends at Willow and Stump to process the wood (the wood was in really rough shape when it arrived) and build us, three solid artboards, out of it. After the boards were built we had it couriered (6’ x 4’) to Osoyoos, B.C., where we would paint the approved art live during BCAA’s annual leadership conference which was held at the beautiful Spirit Ridge resort. Over the course of 3-4 days, we painted live on location among the hundreds of BCAA leadership staff that were in attendance. 

Aiken assisting on the live painting session.
Behind the scenes.
Tools of the trade.
Behind the scenes. Shot by Aiken Lao.

It was our first time in Osoyoos so we were in for a real treat. The town is gorgeous, to say the least, and the drive there was just spectacular because of the amazing scenery filled with rolling hills, lakes and mountain ranges.

The vineyard.
Sunset looking out from the resort.
We really lucked out with the weather.
It was an absolute stunner looking around our resort.
One of many cute towns we stopped by to breaks.
Love this hand-painted sign at a local fruit stand on our way back to Vancouver.

Thank you 2019! A year in review for our best year yet. 365 days in 60 seconds.

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Happy new year! Here are 365 days worth of our work crammed into 60 seconds. This marks our 6th consecutive year of putting together a recap video of all the work we’ve done in a year. It’s always fun to see the year in preview to see the growth, achievements and learnings. 2019 has been our best year yet with projects from around the globe including LA, Austin Texas, Cologne Germany, Toronto, Calgary, Hong Kong and more. Big thanks all the clients and friends that believe in us and our work. We couldn’t be more proud of all the work we’ve done in 2019 and we’re extremely excited for 2020, the next decade!

Video credits
Andrew Latrielle (Footage from Salt Spring Island art project)
Rick Etkin (Timelapse footage from GDC Interactive mural)
Michael Millard and Paul Bennet (SFU Mural timelapse and photos)
Danny Yu (GTB Toronto mural photos)
Peter Molick (Kabam Austin mural photos)

Also really pumped to have been able to commission the talented Paul Chin from Toronto provide us with this amazing music track called ‘House Party.

Happy holidays everyone! Here are our studio holiday hours.

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Happy holidays everyone! Wishing all of you a jolly and peaceful holiday season from all of us at the studio. We will be closed from Dec 24th – Jan 3rd 2020. For urgent matters, please email us directly to either Aiken or myself, Carson. Will be be back on Friday, Jan 3rd starting at 930am.

Stick around this space to see our year-end video. Happy holidays and a happy new year! With love and peace.