“A Day in the Life” with local Toronto creative Lucas Young

Designer and artist, Lucas Young, is a 24 year old fuelled by the creative pursuit and an undeniable love for burritos. From a very young age he showed an aptitude and passion for art far beyond his years. Both his family and teachers recognized his talent and urged him to continue to develop his skills. He joined adult art classes in his early teens at the Guelph School of Art (Wyndham Art). His instructors saw promise in his work to the point that he was asked to sell particular works and garnered a number of outside commissions for portraiture and abstract painting.

At York University, Lucas’ artistic pursuits shifted toward graphic design where he began to bridge his artistic eye with creative problem solving. There he found his love for typography, illustration, and visual storytelling. He was recognized nationally twice and won several student awards for his illustrative typography and motion graphic work. He worked as an Art Director for the York student publication, Artichoke, while pursuing freelance design for a number of local firms. Lucas honed his design chops at Jacknife Design in Toronto developing brands and illustrations for a wide range of clients across varying disciplines.

Lucas continues to work at Jacknife while expanding his experience as a freelance artist. Currently an emerging Toronto Talent, Lucas has been commissioned by brands such as Vitamin Water and Nike Jordan for his unique illustrative approach.

Lucas lives and breathes his work and is always hustling for his next escapade. You can catch him around town on his purple bike weaving through traffic on the pursuit for the perfect pint if he’s not already in cottage country for the weekend.

Working on designs and illustrations in the studio - Lucas Young
Working on designs and illustrations in the studio.
Lucas Young, Soaking up some sun on my family’s sailboat after a long day on the computer, nice to unwind on the lake.
Soaking up some sun on my family’s sailboat after a long day on the computer, nice to unwind on the lake.
Most of my time is spent at a desk working on design concepts in a variety of mediums from pen and ink to digital.
Most of my time is spent at a desk working on design concepts in a variety of mediums from pen and ink to digital.
Enjoying a pint with friends, I find the best inspiration often comes through conversation and beer leads to great conversation.
Enjoying a pint with friends, I find the best inspiration often comes through conversation and beer leads to great conversation.
I love the outdoors and am always retreating to nature for some solace from the bustling city.
I love the outdoors and am always retreating to nature for some solace from the bustling city.
In the summer I try to get out on the lake whenever possible, paddle boarding is a great relaxer and a great place to think about new ideas.
In the summer I try to get out on the lake whenever possible, paddle boarding is a great relaxer and a great place to think about new ideas.
A lot of design and illustration projects turn into fun events and brand launches, so I’m often attending events in the evening.
A lot of design and illustration projects turn into fun events and brand launches, so I’m often attending events in the evening.
An avid cyclist, I’m always biking around town to get to work, events, and the gym
An avid cyclist, I’m always biking around town to get to work, events, and the gym

What ‘hood are you in?

I’m in Little Portugal but you can catch me on the Ossington Strip or in Trinity Bellwoods Park on the regular.

What do you do?

I’m a designer, typographer, and illustrator.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my first solo art show in November at Studio 67, so I’ve been grinding late nights prepping various prints and typographic pieces for the show.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my work on my website http://www.lucasyoung.co/ or via instagram. T-shirts will be available to purchase at the Toronto Spacing store – https://spacingstore.ca/

 

 

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