Inside Hue: Kyle Steed - Exploring Self-Initiated Works (Part Two)

Inside Hue: Kyle Steed - Exploring Self-Initiated Works (Part Two)

This is part two of an article that first appeared in our pilot issue of Hue Magazine: Outset. To purchase a copy of Hue, click here

I spent another year drawing people’s profiles. In the end I called it 52 profiles, because well, I couldn’t think of a cleverer name. But it all started around my dining room table drawing a few friends. Then I thought, why not make it a goal to draw one new person’s profile every week for a whole year. So I did it. The challenge itself is always fun for me, whatever the scenario is. It could be learning how to install new lights in my home, or how to make a font. I think challenging ourselves to grow is an insatiable part of being creative. But I’ll be honest, half way through the profile drawings I almost quit. I got about a month behind and thought I should just throw in the towel. But something inside me wouldn’t let me quit. I knew I had to prove to myself that I could finish this. And in the end, it’s a great accomplishment.

Sometimes it isn’t just about us, as individuals, but about the people we work around that motivate us. For instance, the mural I did at WELD went from an idea to full steam ahead in the matter of a day just from talking with my friend Austin Mann. I thought it would be a cool idea to make something really big on one of the walls in the entryway, and he not only agreed, but set up a whole rig to time-lapse the entire process. He was motivating me by way of encouraging me to just sit down and draw. We didn’t worry about having everything planned out ahead of time, but just went with our gut and did it. Being a creative sometimes means we have big ideas, and not a lot of follow through, so I learned it’s important to surround yourself with people that will encourage you to take action. I didn’t have to take a class on making murals, or research the proper tools to use, but just pulled together the resources I had at the time and went for it.

We learn more by doing and making mistakes, rather than thinking and never doing.

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