Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?
J: i’m 23, born in a tiny town outside of toronto, grew up there and also in a very small town in quebec. i was always into art and nothing else, any other school/career path was just not an option for me. i began working digitally when i was in high school, taught myself how to use a bunch of programs and literally would make fake magazine covers for fun on a friday night (lol).
i applied to only one university, pretty hard headed that way. do or die. so i got in, and i’m now in my 3rd year in the graphic design program at the ontario college of art and design university (yeah, it’s both a college and a university it’s very confusing), or “OCADU”, in toronto.
What inspires you?
J: i’d say my biggest influence and inspiration is music. the type of music i’ve been into at different points in my life has always influenced my personal style, so both my music and visual tastes kind of evolve together. i’d love to make tour posters, album covers, logos, anything for some of my fave electronic music producers. that’d be so sick.
What are you currently working on?
J: i’m heavily into calligraphy/calligraffiti. i follow so many people on instagram who inspire me daily to keep working to improve my style… umm …pokras lampas, mister kams, luis miguel. yeah, i’m pretty obsessed with that scene. i’m currently working on my own typeface heavily influenced by calligraffiti and tattoo lettering, called SKRAWL. maybe tattooing is in my future…? i wouldn’t be opposed to trying it. OH also, i’m working on a 3D calligraffiti series where i lettered all of the track names of zomby’s album ‘with love’ and render them in cinema4d. that won’t be out for a whiiile though.
What’s your single favorite piece of work that you’ve made?
J: i don’t know, i don’t think i’m ever 100% satisfied with anything i make, because as soon as i’m finished a piece or a project, i’ve learned something new. and that something new goes into making something better next time.
the work i’m most proud of is always my newest stuff, y’know how it loses some of its sparkle after you’ve been done with it for a while. SO that would be my calligraffiti work. my “high iq" project is pretty cool too. my "the con" series was hands down the most successful thing i’ve ever done, though i’m not too fond of it anymore.
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