Whatever brings you down will eventually make you stronger


November 2015

week 13-Artist Conversation-Tyler Turett


This week for the artist conversation I spoke to Tyler Turett. His art gallery had animations done by him and a mini sculpture of himself. His creations are mostly cartoon type which he uses Photoshop, flash, and after effects to make his creations.  The sculpture was made of wire, foil, and some type of clay. He also mentioned that he did animations on paper where you have to flip through the pages in order to see the animations. In most of his work he tried to incorporate a 3D background.

Turret goes to CSULB and he is finishing up his last semester. He mentioned that he was interested in doing animation barely 2 years ago. When he began learning about animation all the work they did was made on paper, but now it can be made by drawing on a machine. With that machine he can make as many rough drafts of a drawing and is transferred to the computer. A rough draft of his drawing can take him 20 times redrawing the picture until he likes it. After he cleans up the drawing and transferred it to the computer to be animated. He was inspired by many animators and the Disney movies did to because his goal was to aim his drawings to look something like that. Although, he did mention that his drawings are nothing a like the Disney characters.


In Turett’s animations there are all types of characters. He had all types of characters like frogs, a satan, regular people, and carrot figures that were live. He enjoys making animation characters because he can create anything he wants and he can make people laugh with what he draws. His ultimate goal is to make people laugh. Animation is something that he enjoys doing because you could do much more drawings and animations that are similar to humans.

I really liked looking at his work because it was very intriguing and interesting. I thought that his explanation of his work was very funny and cute because what he described of the animation of the carrots was funny. His animation reminded me of all the shows I would watch in TV when I was a child. I liked the fact that he did a small sculpture of himself which was pretty neat. I really liked the picture where the carrots are attacking the person. Overall his work was great and he is very talented.





Week 13- Classmate Conversation- Emily Snyder


This week I met Emily Snyder who is a first year student at CSULB. She dorms here because she is originally from Nebraska. When she came to  CSULB she wanted to major in international business, but she is thinking of going back to Nebraska and changing her major to Elementary Education.

She is the middle child, she has an older sister and a younger brother. She played golf back in high school. Her hobbies are to play the guitar and piano. She loves watching movies, but her favorite movie is called “Love Actually.” She loves traveling and shopping; she mentioned that so far she had really enjoyed her visit to Upstate New York. Back home she was a nanny for about 5 years. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite type of food is Italian. I thought it was very interesting the fact that she had 14 pets in total, she has 2 golden retrievers, 2 cats, 5 ducks, and 5 chickens. It was nice getting to know Emily.


Week 12- Activity- ePortfolio


The activity of the week was to improve our website by changing the theme of our website and what our plans are to do with the website at the end of the semester. By changing it we had to create a web page that showed our interests and major goals. I decided to make my website based on soccer because I love playing and watching it. I would like for anything who goes on my site to put what they think about soccer or who their favorite soccer team is and etc.

At first I was indecisive to what to change my my theme to. I changed my my web page name to “Ball is Life” because to me soccer is just something that relaxes me and keeps me in shape. After this class I do not really plan to use the site, but I have learned a lot out of using this website and blogging. I really enjoyed the fact that this was a new experience for me and if I ever have to do something like this again I will know what to do.

Week 12- Classmate Conversation- Calvin Nguyen


This week for the classmate conversation, I interviewed Calvin Nguyen who is a second year student at CSULB. Originally his major was going to be Finance with a minor in accounting, but he is thinking about switching his major to accounting. After graduating he wishes to get a job as an accountant. His hobbies are to watch Netflix. He likes watching American Horror Story, Bones, and many other shows and movies. He also likes hanging out with friends and family. He enjoys going on hikes and exploring the beauty of nature. His favorite type of food is Pho and for dessert it is pistachio ice cream. His favorite color is blue and favorite shoe brand is Nike.

He answered the question of the week by saying that the color that cams him down is blue. The reason for is because it reminds of the ocean and the sky which relaxes him just by thinking about it. He also said that red flakes him up when things get down.

If you want to know about Calvin here is his website :

Week 12- Artist Conversation- Christopher M. Linquata


This week I interviewed Christopher M. Linquata who is on his last semester at CSULB. He is obtaining to get an MFA in representational painting and drawing.  As soon as I walked into his gallery which was located on Gatov-West, I was astonished by his work. All the beautiful color and paintings caught my eye right away which made me interested in learning more about his work by asking the artist.

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His work is done by acrylic paint. He mentioned that he used it instead of oil because acrylic dries up faster. He was inspired mainly by nature and the renaissance era. He mentioned that there were a few of his paintings that were set at the beach. Also, he said one of the pictures was inspired by Sunken City which is a place in San Pedro. The paintings in his gallery had a picture which himself and the people who surrounded him. He mentioned that the people included his friends, family, and other MFA students at CSULB. To him his paintings are a place that he sees through his eyes.

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It took him 10 hours total to paint all of the pieces for this art show. He said that it was about 3 years to put the whole gallery together because there were a lot of ideas that came to him to finish up his last pieces. Christopher mentioned that he tends to draw out imagination, memories, or even draw or paint at the moment. His perspective is very unique that other artists. Some of his work shows humor and other expressions there is always a moral seriousness that he wishes to present on the low.

This was a very cool and eye catching gallery. I really liked the fact that he put himself in every piece of his work. The color and the portray displayed were just beautiful and the fact that each piece of art had a meaning behind it.  He has a lot of potential as an artist and I am happy and satisfied with what he presented in his art show this week.

You can find him on instagram: icon5350


facebook: christo.linquata

Week 11- Activity- Fiber Art


The activity of this week was to make something that is able to be wall hanging out of fiber. I attempted to make a hammock and I feel that it was a close attempt. At first I did not know what I was going to make out of fiber or at least I did not know to make it a hanging piece. So I started off by getting a little piece of stick and cutting out some streaks of yarn. Once I cut the pieces of yarn out I tied it to one side of the stick and then to the other stick. With this activity I realized that working with fiber takes a lot of patients because in order to make something out of it you have to take your time. I really enjoyed doing this project because it is something that takes creativity. The results were what I expected because it did look like a hammock although it was a bit weak to hold anything on top of it. I hung the hammock on two giraffes just because they were almost the same size. My view of fiber art has changed because now I understand that it is a process that requires patients and that many incredible things can be created out of fiber.

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After I was done hanging up the hammock on the giraffes I put a little toy dog on top of it because it was very light. I thought this was a fun and interesting activity and I will definitely try to do some other type of art with fibers.

Week 11- Artist Conversation- Kathy Yoon

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This week I visited Kathy Yoon’s art gallery titled “So Many Me’s” located in Gatov East. Kathy is transferring to Cal State Long Beach and is getting a major in ceramics. She has been in the ceramics department for three years already. When she began college she was going to major in Math, but then she was introduced to ceramics so she changed her major to ceramics. Her gallery had a lot of ceramic figures that expressed various emotions.

She began working with ceramics once she was in college. She would make animal figures that would deal with realism but she felt there was something missing. She felt that she was not expressing her emotions the way she wanted to express them. She was inspired by animations which represented her emotions. All the figures presented in her gallery were showing different personalities and emotions expressed. She wanted us as the audience to relate to the work she had.

To create her figures she used clay. She made all kinds of shapes with the clay such as long strips, big chunks of it put on top of one another. Kathy did not want to put much colors because she felt that it would not express the message she was trying to portray. That is why she decided to use white, black, and red to  concentrate the main purpose of the figures. She mentioned that her favorite pieces contained red items and have a significant meaning to her such as the figure with the balloon and another with a hanging doll.

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I really enjoyed going into to her gallery because all her figures had an interesting part. I found it more interesting that each figure showed a different expression such as anger, sadness, fear, and many other expressions. Just like Kathy my favorite piece in the gallery was the figure with a heart. She did not explain why she really liked it, but to me it seemed as if she was hanging on to a little piece of happiness. Her work was very eye catching and the meaning portrayed by her figures were very different and nice.

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You can find her on Instagram: kathycyoo

Week 11- Classmate Conversation- Milagros Herrera


This week I met Millie Herrera a third year student with a major in marketing, but she is planning on switching it to liberal arts. The reason she wants to switch majors is because she would like to a teacher and interact with students. She tends to be always surrounded by kids and they bring her a lot of joy. She commutes to school from Norwalk and she went to Artesia High School.

We both have in common that we love playing soccer but had to stop once we graduated high school. We also have in common that we are Annual Pass holders for Disneyland, and we love it. Her favorite character is Belle from Beauty and The Beast and her favorite rides are Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.

She also enjoys reading by far one of her favorite book is called ” The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. She likes cooking but to be specific baking and she enjoys watching old fashioned movies. She gave up meat so her favorite food is seafood and her favorite dessert is chocolate ice cream.

The question of the week was if tattoo’s are a form of  art and if it matters the way you design. Millie does think that a tattoo is a form of art and that it does matter to her to pick it out her design of her own. If she were to get a tattoo she would get an Aztec or Mayan symbol because it would be  a representation of her culture, since she is half Mexican and Guatemalan.  It was pleasure having the opportunity to meet  Millie.

Week 10- Activity- Game Design


The activity of this week was to download the Geocache. Geocache is an app where people place some of their things in a container and put the location of it in the app. Next someone goes to find it and writes their name on the log book. After you trade the stuff inside your container, but you do not get to take it home.


My geocache was located at CSULB by the CBA building because I am usually over there because I usually park my car around that area. I decided to place it there so those who park by the CBA  building will be able to find my stuff before heading home.

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I did attempt to find someones geocache not at CSULB because I did not have time, but there was one .8 mi away so I found the area. As I was searching I was not able to find anything so I just gave up on that one, but I am hoping to look for one this coming week at CSULB.

Geocache was actually very fun and interesting to do because it was like an adventure. One because we had to place our own stuff or “trinkets” in a container and hide it so someone else could find it. Second because you are able to trade things with people you do not know. I am looking forward for the upcoming activity.

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