Q13FOX’s Instagram #Takeover!

Q13FOX’s Instagram #Takeover!

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Keegan Hall takes over the Q13 FOX Instagram and inspires us to #DreamBig



His drawings are incredible, but Keegan Hall wasn’t devoting time to his art until earlier this year.

Things changed after Keegan’s mom passed away unexpectedly. She was preparing to battle cancer for the second time. But sometime in the months that followed he says, “One day I was thinking about my mom and all the great memories we shared – particularly how much she enjoyed my art – and I suddenly had the urge to sit down and draw, something I hadn’t done for many years. Twenty-five hours later I finished the drawing of my favorite basketball player, Michael Jordan, and then posted it on Facebook.”

Now, his incredible drawings, many of which feature our favorite Seattle Seahawks, have caught the attention of local and national media, and raised thousands of dollars for charity. We handed over the Q13 FOX Instagram account to Keegan for a #Q13Takeover so he could tell us the entire story — of art, family, love, and growth — in his own words:

Hey everyone! My name is Keegan Hall (@keegan.hall) and I’m an artist here in Seattle. I’m honored that Q13 has asked me to takeover their Instagram account and share my story. Life can be crazy, and is often filled with a variety of twists and turns. You just never know what’s around the next corner so it’s up to each of us to live today to its fullest as tomorrow is not promised. The past year has been pretty crazy for me. I’ve experienced tragedy, triumph, perseverance, endured many late nights, raised money for charity, and of course, reconnected with my love for creating art (this drawing of Marshawn Lynch took 40 hours to complete and is done entirely in pencil). Throughout the day I'll post different aspects of my journey back to art. I’m grateful for the support of so many people in our community as well from our sports teams including the @Seahawks, @Mariners, @SeattleStorm, @SoundersFC and many of their athletes. So, here we go! I hope you enjoy my #Q13Takeover! 🙂

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One year ago, my life changed forever. My mom unexpectedly passed away as she was preparing to battle cancer for a second time (she was cancer-free for ~2 years). She caught pneumonia, and her body was simply too weak to fight back: she began not feeling well on a Friday, went to the hospital on Saturday, and passed away on Sunday. My entire family was devastated. Needless to say, that was the worst day of my life. My mom was an incredibly selfless person and often went out of her way to make other people smile. She coached a variety of Special Olympics sports at Sumner High School (I have a disabled sister who loves sports too), and really enjoyed being around kids. She was also my biggest supporter – especially when it can to my art. As a kid, she’d always tell me how much she loved my drawings (even the bad ones!), and that positive reinforcement fueled my growing passion for art. After graduating from @UofWA, I landed my dream job with the Seattle Sonics. I went into “career mode” and, regrettably, stopped drawing entirely. Almost 8 years went by without doing much of any art. Following my mom’s passing, I just felt like a different person. It’s hard to explain, but I could feel something pulling me back to my art. One day I was thinking about my mom and all the great memories we shared – particularly how much she enjoyed my art – and I suddenly had the urge to sit down and draw, something I hadn’t done for many years. Twenty-five hours later I finished the drawing of my favorite basketball player, Michael Jordan, and then posted it on Facebook. Little did I know, that exact moment would alter my path in life. 👼 ~ @Keegan.Hall #Q13Takeover

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After posting my drawing of Michael Jordan, I was totally blown away at the number of likes and comments it received. So much support from my friends and family! A few days later I received a letter in the mail from a longtime friend who offered her condenses regarding my mom. She also expressed how happy she was to see me reconnecting with art and how she knows that my mom is pleased as well. It was an incredibly well written letter that brought tears to eyes. That letter made a huge impact on me, and I knew that I had to continue drawing. Not only for my mom, but also for me. I forgot how much peace the creation process brought me. This was also the time I could escape the busy work around me, reflect on my life, and think about my mom. Drawing was now our time together, and I loved it. Then another friend asked if I could draw a pic of Kam Chancellor. Sure, why not? After completing the drawing of @bambamkam, I posted it on Twitter. Much to my surprise, Kam re-tweeted that drawing! We then exchanged a few messages and, before I knew it, I was now creating an original drawing for Kam himself! If you follow me on Instagram (@keegan.hall) then you know that I try to post a new pic each day as I progress through a drawing. As I posted the pics of Kam’s drawing each day, he was re-tweeting all of them, which brought a ton of awareness to my art. I'm so thankful for Kam's support. Word began to spread about my mom, the letter, Kam’s support, and my journey back into art. Then I was contacted by The Today Show (@todayshow). They did an amazing feature of everything that had happened up to this point, and featured my story on the front page of their website and also posted it on Facebook and Twitter. Suddenly, millions of people were now aware of my story and exposed to my art. I was in disbelief! The amount of support was overwhelming. I finally had a platform to use my art to do something big. Something REALLY big that would positively impact the lives of many other people. I had to seize this opportunity. More on this later today… 😉 #Q13Takeover

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Although our other pro teams have shared my art on social media, the @SeattleStorm was the first sports team to give me a chance to truly showcase my art. I’ll forever be grateful for that opportunity. They asked me to created a unique gift for their season ticket holders. I created a piece that featured basketball legend Sue Bird (@sbird10) and #WNBA Rookie of the Year @JewellLoyd. It was pretty cool to attend their games and see my artwork on the big screen at center court, and I was also invited to their ticket holder party to sign prints of my artwork alongside Sue and Jewel. Definitely a first for me! I even sat courtside with @dangerusswilson and @Ciara. They were both super nice and really into the game! Needless to say, everyone had a blast! ~ @Keegan.Hall #Q13Takeover

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***Giveaway alert! Details at the bottom! I love sharing my approach to drawing. I regularly post about different techniques that use. And, once I finish a drawing, I create a time-lapse video of the entire process condensed into only a minute or two. This particular drawing, “The Huddle”, took over 60 hours to complete. It challenged me in so many ways. For example, Earl Thomas (@Earl) wasn’t located in the front of the image, but I really wanted to feature him (along with Richard Sherman (@RSherman25) and Kam Chancellor (@BamBamKam)) so I moved him to the front. But the real challenge was drawing Earl’s tattoos since I didn’t have an image to reference of that particular pose. So, I had to imagine how his tattoos would look with his arm at this exact angle, and then render the tattoos with the correct lighting to match the rest of the image. After investing so much time into this piece, I knew I wanted to leverage this drawing to raise money for charity. My next post will detail what happened next… 😉 *************************************************I’m giving away a signed print of your choice! To enter to win, follow the simple rules below: Like this video Follow @Q13FOX Follow @Keegan.Hall One winner will be picked on Monday, 12/21/15 around 9am and contacted via direct message. Please make sure your profile is set to public to verify that you follow both users. For contest rules visit q13fox.com/terms-of-service

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I had been thinking about an idea for a fundraiser for a while, and now was finally the time to make it happen. I teamed up with @Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman (@RSherman25) to raise money for The Blank Coverage Foundation. There’s an entire post on my website (KeeganHall.com) regarding why this fundraiser was so important to me, and why I specifically wanted to work with @BlanketCoverageFoundation. For the majority of my childhood I lived in a single-wide mobile home in Sumner, WA. I was surrounded by poverty and many of the families in my neighborhood struggled just to get by. I wanted to help raise money for kids in low-income areas to help them reach their goals, and that’s exactly what Blanket Coverage does. So, I created 200 limited-edition prints of “The Huddle,” Richard and I both signed and numbered them, and then I sold them for $200 each… and the “KEEGAN200” fundraiser was born! The fundraiser was a massive success, and all 200 prints were sold on the first day they were available! Then, I donated the full $40,000 to The Blanket Coverage Foundation. The campaign also garnered a ton of media attention. We were featured on TV, radio, online and in newspapers. I even received emails from people in other countries who learned about what we were doing here in #Seattle! The best part of this experience was seeing our community come together and rally for this cause. I was totally blown away with how much support we received. It's remarkable what we can accomplish when we’re all unified around a singular goal. We can truly move mountains. And, in this case, so many kids will benefit from the money raised. It doesn’t get much better than that. ~ @Keegan.Hall #Q13Takeover

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Family is everything to me. My sister, Joanna, was born with Cerebral Palsy and is also legally blind. Needless to say, she has had a challenging life. In 2000, she started to really enjoy @Mariners baseball, and developed a massive crush on #Ichiro. To say she’s a “fan” would be an understatement: she wears a different Ichiro shirt every day, her room is covered in M’s and Ichiro posters, and she carries Ichiro books with her everywhere. So, yes, she’s beyond a SUPER fan! In 2012, Ichiro was traded to the Yankees and my sister was devastated! Now, she also had to root for the Yankees… just because of Ichiro. Each year she attends one M’s game for her birthday to watch Ichiro (she’d like to attend more games, but her wheelchair makes it difficult to navigate the crowds). Of course, we MUST sit in right field! I‘d regularly tease Joanna about someday meeting Ichiro. “What would you say to him?” She’d always blush while replying, “I don’t know!” After all, it was unlikely to ever happen. Or was it? I wanted to deliver the ultimate surprise for my sister’s birthday so I reached out the Mariners and Yankees. The M’s were first class all the way and got us field passes to watch pre-game warm-ups. Then, as Ichiro stepped out of the dugout, I did everything I could to get his attention. Amazingly, it worked. Ichiro came over and gave my sister a high-five! Man, I thought she was going to have heart attack! She so was so excited! Derek Jeter saw what going on, and came over too. My sister still talks about that experience every day. It was also the last M’s game that my mom attended before she passed. It was a special day for our entire family. And, just a few days ago, a complete stranger (his name is Marty) learned about my sister’s love for the M’s and Ichiro. He emailed me and wanted to give my sister Ichiro’s bats, which he purchased at an auction! I was blown away, and I wasn’t the only one. The @Mariners also thought this was amazing, and wanted to give Marty something special: an autographed Ichiro jersey! How cool is that?! So, yesterday I went to Marty’s office and surprised him with the jersey! The M's shared my post on their FB page today.

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This is a short clip of my recent drawing of @Beastmode (Marshawn Lynch) One of my favorite aspects of this drawing is the reflection on the helmets. I wanted them to be focal points of this drawing and really jump off the page with life-like realism. In fact, if you look closely in #50’s helmet, you can see a reflection of @CenturyLink_Field. My approach to drawing typically consists of starting with a rough base layer of shading, and then continually going back over that same area and refining the details as much as possible. The background in this piece also posed a unique challenge, as I needed to draw it “burry” in order to give the composition an accurate sense of depth. But I did have a ton of fun drawing this one! #GoHawks #Q13Takeover

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Giving back to the community is incredibly important to me. In addition to donating my art to help raise money for charity, I also enjoy speaking with younger folks about “success” and how they can pursue their passions. I’ve had the opportunity to speak at a few local schools and share my story. I’m a firm believer that anyone can achieve anything if they’re willing to work for it. I want those students to know that. To really believe that. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Whenever I post a drawing on social media there’s at least one person who says, “I wish I could draw like that, but I can only draw stick figures.” My reply is always the same: there was once a time that I could only draw stick figures. The real question is: are you willing to do what it takes to get “good” at something? I’ve literally spent thousands of hours drawing throughout my life. I wish there was a shortcut to get “good” at drawing. It would’ve saved me a ton of time. Unfortunately, I haven’t found one. In fact, every successful person that I know spends countless hours perfecting his or her craft. While others are out socializing, watching TV, or whatever… they’re at home trying to get better. Every day. Want to get really good at something? Start today. Start now. Practice every day for one hour. Trust me, one month from now you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve learned. Image what you’ll know in six months! After one year! The problem is that most people don’t even start. They think they can’t do something before they put forth any legitimate effort. Don’t be that person. If you want to achieve something… do it. Develop a daily routine and relentless follow through. You’ll be amazed at what you’re cable of. #DreamBig

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This is my last post of the day and, before I go, I just wanted to thank Q13 again for letting me takeover their Instagram page. I’ve had so much fun! The past six months have been truly amazing. I’m most proud of the money that we’ve raised for charity. In addition to donating $40k to Blanket Coverage, I’ve also donated 100+ signed prints to help raise money for other charities. In all, we’ve raised quite a bit of money this year, but my goal to crush that number in 2016! In my previous post, I mentioned the importance of developing a daily routine in order to achieve goals. Well, part of my routine is drawing every night from ~8pm until ~1am. When others are watching TV or sleeping, I’m drawing. Trying to get better. Every day. Aaaand it’s time for me to start drawing tonight! So, my final thought: Think deeply about what you want to accomplish in your life. Take responsibility for your life and be accountable for your actions. If you want something, work hard to achieve it. Develop a relentless work ethic and take control of your own destiny. Then, it won’t be a matter of “if” you reach your goals, but “when.” Trust me, you’re far more talented than you realize. So, what are you waiting for? Go get it! Start now! #DreamBig #Q13Takeover

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Thanks, Keegan, for sharing your story with us. It’s touching and inspiring.

You can enter win a signed print of your choice by Keegan in by following the instructions in this Instagram post. Q13 will select a winner Monday morning. You can learn more Keegan and his upcoming projects at KeeganHall.com.



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