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Short listed! Communications Arts Illustration 2019 short list announced.

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Every year we enter the prestigious Communication Arts illustration competition for the work we proudly handcraft and create in our Vancouver studio in hopes to be recognized among the best in the world. Out of over 3940 entries submitted, only 934 entries were shortlisted. 2 our entries were shortlisted out of only 3 submissions. Congratulations to everyone that got on the list. Final winners will be announced by Feb 8th.

Illustrators do warm-ups by sketching like athletes doing warm-ups by stretching.

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Illustrators do warm-ups by sketching like athletes doing warm-ups by stretching.

Much like athletes, illustrators need to do warm-ups that act like training exercises by doing quick illustrations for fun. It helps loosen fingers, the wrist and more importantly, the mind.

Did this quick sketch before tackling a commercial project in Hong Kong. This piece is based on a photo I took with my Google Pixel while in Causeway Bay. I ABSOLUTELY love drawing with this pental brush pen. Nothing beats the feeling of an old school brush pen hitting on Moleskine paper.

Follow our adventures in Hong Kong through our IG channel. We’re here until the end of Feb.

Peeking over peaks on Hong Kong island.

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Sometimes I pinch myself because I still can’t believe this is my temporary office view in Hong Kong. Caught today’s magic hour (with my trusty old Nikon D600 and Nikkor 50mm F1.8) as I was catching up with emails. Been working and living here since Jan 7th and it seems like there’s no end to exploring new things on this tiny Hong Kong island. We’ll be meeting the good folks at Ogilvy & Mather this Thursday.

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Excited to be back in Hong Kong to explore and connect.

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We’re excited to be back again in Hong Kong. We’ve been back for over a week now and have finally settled in and beat our jet lag. We’re here until Feb 27th and really looking forward to reconnecting with our contacts at ad agencies and design firms like Pill and Pillow. If you’d like to reach out and connect with us while we’re here, our local number is 6689 3640 for Carson and 5663 7828 for Denise.

For all image maker nerds reading this, the illustration was shot last night on our Nikon D600 and Nikkor 50mm F1.8. Shot at F7.1 ISO 640 with an exposure time of 2.5 secs. We brought minimal gear this time with only two 50mm. One being F1.4 Non-ai and F1.8. The monster bunny was illustrated on the iPad Pro’s Procreate app.

For all your other project inquiries while we’re away, or if you have any studio needs, feel free to hit up our Studio Manager extraordinaire Aiken. Her email is aiken at chairmanting.com She’s holding the fort down in Vancouver. Studio hours are Mon-Friday 10am – 6pm. However, she will also be away from Jan 28-Feb 12th to vacation in Shanghai.

We’re thinking of printing our Pacific North Weave illustration as smaller art prints

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Tinkering around with smaller prints resized and cropped to fit a portrait orientation. This Six Hundred Four piece in collaboration with EVO Car SharePacific North Weave‘ would be cut up in 3 pieces, left, middle and right. Revisiting this piece since I added 3 bonus easter eggs in the piece including a Koi loving Otter.

You can now order your pair (limited to six hundred and four pairs) online or at the store.

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!