Interview with Kendall Franklin Jr. – graphic designer

Interview with Kendall Franklin Jr. – graphic designer

Kendall Franklin Jr.

1. Who are you, where are you from and why did you chose the profession that you have?

Kendall Franklin Jr
Kendall Franklin Jr

My name is Kendall Franklin Jr and I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I started doing graphic design when I was 15 because I wanted to try a new field with my art and ended up falling in love with it as the years passed.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from living in Las Vegas, graffiti/street art culture, psychedelic states, abstract expressionism, and my friends that are also artists as well.

3. What kind of music inspires you most?

Death Grips has been my favorite band since 2012 and has helped inspire my own creative endeavors over the years. Other than combining aspects of rock, electronic, and hip hop music that I love into their songs, I also love their DIY approach to creating their music and visual art. My creative methods and philosophies about art made a huge shift after I became a fan of them.

4. Your art is so unusual and colorful that it is mind-blowing. How do you make this special effects? Which software do you use?

I started creating more abstract and weird digital art pieces around 2011. I wanted to make digital art pieces that looked more like the abstract expressionist artwork I love, so I started using a more unconventional technique to capture this. Instead of trying to create a piece that worked around the image I was using, I would destroy the image by using distortion effects in Photoshop and constantly layering on top of it. I really enjoy the process of making art through improvisation when it comes to drawing and painting, so after about 6 years I was able find a similar process with my graphic design work.

5. What is the message you want to transmit with this kind of art?

The message I want to transmit with my art is mainly for people to look at graphic design in a different way. Photoshop is a piece of software that gives infinite possibilities as to what you can create with it and I believe this should be emphasized more in the field of graphic design. I also want to give my audience a sense of immersion whenever they look at my work. The visual chaos that I create in my pieces is so that my audience can revisit my work and find new things in it. Other messages I want to present to my viewers are visual interpretations of psychedelic states from my abstract work, as well as just how bizarre the current political, social, and environmental situation is globally for my more serious and direct digital art pieces.


6. Do you sell your art and do you make a living out of it?

Currently I sell my work mainly to other friends that are fans of my art. My plan going forward is to order a lot of prints of my work and display them gallery settings. I’m also in the process of building a website so that I can have a place where people can order pieces from me that live in other states/countries.

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