Art

26 Oct

INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

TURNING A DREAM INTO REALITY: CHAD HURD, ILLUSTRATOR, ACHIEVER, INSPIRATIONAL.

This week when I thought of inspirational people I thought of my dear friend, Chad Hurd.  He is an amazingly talented illustration artist whose passion and drive for creating effortless looking comics is uncanny.  I have known Chad since my college years, and vividly remember walking by his dorm room in his he-man pajamas drawing all hours of the day and night.

While attending art school together in a small town in Northern Maine he and I became very close, exchanging creative ideas and critiquing each other’s work.  It was during this time I realized just how much talent and potential he had.  While everyone was hitting the bars on a Friday night he was in his room probably on his eighth hour of drawing for the day.  If we were together with friends we would sit around talking and there he would be sketching away.  Afterwards we would look at his drawing pad and it would either be an awesome new character he had created or a cartoon version of ourselves.  Either way, we always enjoyed the outcome.

While attending art school together in a small town in Northern Maine he and I became very close, exchanging creative ideas and critiquing each other’s work.  It was during this time I realized just how much talent and potential he had.  While everyone was hitting the bars on a Friday night he was in his room probably on his eighth hour of drawing for the day.  If we were together with friends we would sit around talking and there he would be sketching away.  Afterwards we would look at his drawing pad and it would either be an awesome new character he had created or a cartoon version of ourselves.  Either way, we always enjoyed the outcome.

Throughout college in our various courses Chad always had such a creative point of view.  His quiet confidence and remarkable work ethic to his craft was something I always admired.  Over the years we would refer to each other as “art buddies”.  I saw his struggles with creating what the teachers required when I knew his true passion was in illustrating.  Doing sculpture or painting projects wasn’t undesired from him, rather helped to heighten his skills in drawing.

He came to New York upon graduating from college to further his career at a drawing specific school.  His talent was highlighted almost instantaneously as he became more of a teacher than a student.  Realizing that this was not the path for him Chad ventured back to Maine, eventually landing an amazing job in Atlanta, GA.  Chad and his wife Kate uprooted their life in Maine for new adventures in Atlanta.  He is now the lead Character Designer on FX’s Archer.

Throughout college in our various courses Chad always had such a creative point of view.  His quiet confidence and remarkable work ethic to his craft was something I always admired.  Over the years we would refer to each other as “art buddies”.  I saw his struggles with creating what the teachers required when I knew his true passion was in illustrating.  Doing sculpture or painting projects wasn’t undesired from him, rather helped to heighten his skills in drawing. He came to New York upon graduating from college to further his career at a drawing specific school.  His talent was highlighted almost instantaneously as he became more of a teacher than a student.  Realizing that this was not the path for him Chad ventured back to Maine, eventually landing an amazing job in Atlanta, GA.  Chad and his wife Kate uprooted their life in Maine for new adventures in Atlanta.  He is now the lead Character Designer on FX’s Archer.


What I feel is can be taken from Chad is that he grew up in a very small town, had big dreams, and is living proof that hard work conquers all.  So if you’re sitting there reading this and your dream is to be a designer, painter, doctor, photographer, etc, make it happen.  Work hard, learn from your mistakes so they do not reoccur and above all, believe in yourself.  If you do not, no one else will.

(find photos on www.chadhurd.com)


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