Kyle Fabi is a very talented artist based in San Diego California. I met Kyle when I was finishing my undergrad at San Francisco State University, It’s been quite some time now so I had to ask him if he remembers how we met, and he said “ Most likely at Andy’s or at the event “Lowkey” (hosted by our great friends).” He has been a great friend ever since and has been creating amazing art throughout the years.
I recently caught up with Kyle to talk about what he has been up to. He said that he collaborated with Urban Outfitters, where he was able to design clothing for them, such as hoodies and shirts which can be found in stores or www.urbanoutfitters.com. He also worked on designs for NoName and other musical artists.
I was curious about his story and how he started designing. He said that he has always been curious about making art ever since he was a child. His first introduction and the start of his interest in graphic design was about 10 years ago when he enrolled himself in a graphic design class. There, he was able to learn techniques such as building a bridge from traditional crafts ( sketch work, painting, etc. ) to the digital age. He later studied Studio Arts at San Francisco State University where he was able to expand his portfolio and craft.
Kyle’s style design is very unique and detailed. His early design projects consisted of album covers and clothing designs. As time passed and his interest in graphic design grew, opportunities allowed him to express his art in different branches of design projects.
Kyle said “My hunger to learn enabled me to combine mediums which led me to what I do today. Some examples are: Watercolor and design, wood and fabric, metal and acrylic – the combinations are endless. I describe my style of design as open-ended and simple. I believe it’s forever changing and evolving organically. I’d like to think my style is different because it can be childlike with an adult underlining. Some examples are: Watercolor and design, wood and fabric, metal and acrylic – the combinations are endless.”
Kyle said “I describe my style of design as open-ended and simple. I believe it’s forever changing and evolving organically. I’d like to think my style is different because it can be childlike with an adult underlining.”
As an artist, one goes through barriers and I asked Kyle about his and what he had to do to overcome these obstacles.
“Freelancing is tough and calls for absolute self-discipline. Writing things down is important. Organization is key. It is easier to hit targets when you know what they are. Tests and samples are crucial as well. Time is currency and jumping into final products without a plan can cost you. From an income perspective, it can be difficult due to the inconsistent flow of clients. I read a book called “The Speed of Trust,” where the author discusses creating results and the importance of producing them. If you are not showing results, you are just potential. I try to apply this concept to shape my mentality and outlook on art. I don’t want to be a barren tree.”
His advice to creatives and upcoming artists is:
“CHANGE THEIR ENVIRONMENT, SO YOUR WORK DOESN’T GO SLATE”