1 - Introduce yourself:
I am Kaylan Michael aka Lost In The Island, a Montreal based self-taught visual artist & graphic designer who is highly passionate about all relatable art and design, from fashion, interior and graphic design extending to photography and music.
2 - Which artists inspire you and why?
Artists who inspire me are: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Kehinde Wiley and Mr Doodle. They have a strong influence on my art; I look up to the authenticity of their art, the compositions, the details, the way some of them used colors or black and white and most importantly the way they tell stories visually. Lastly, By applying abstraction to my work, I create dynamic images that command the attention of those viewing my work and engages them in the associated content. The inspiration for this method of working is fed by them.
3 - What’s the most important thing to know about you? (3 most important things, not necessarily related to work)
Three most important things to know about me are: I am a Nature and Animal lover, I find joy being in Nature. I am also a gadget collector; I am fascinated by creative gadgets and technologies. Lastly, I love to travel and discover new cultures.
4 - What qualities and skills should a designer have?
A designer should be first passionate about his work, be authentic and creative. Next, a designer should be detail-oriented, curious and open-minded about anything life offers. Also, a designer should be able to step out of his/her comfort zone, risk and be willing to take challenges. Lastly, a designer should know how to effectively convey information through his/her design; It is an important part of being a great designer.
5 - What are you most proud of?
I am proud of following my passion regardless the hurdles I have encountered; I am definitely proud of how much my art has grown since the beginning and how much energy, time and love I am investing in something I can’t live without. Art.
6 - What advice would you give for a young designer?
An advice I would give to a younger designer is: Always follow your heart, your intuition in anything you do and be open to trying new things regardless people’s opinion; Be curious and open-minded and don’t be scared to try, push your limits and discover your own potential.