Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Tyler Turett

Week 13’s artist conversation is with Tyler Turett. Turett is a Huntington Beach native and is finishing his last year at California State University, Long Beach. He is completing his degree in Illustration with the concentration in Animation. Turett’s show “Make Your Mark” is in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East.

Turett showcased his illustration during the gallery viewing. Many of his illustrations are of animals, such as, a green dog, variations of frogs, sloths, and a devilish looking bull. His other illustrations consisted of animated inanimate objects, such as, mafia looking carrots and a circle of dancing beverages. Turett also included a storyboard he did in gray scale.

Turett uses a Cintiq drawing pad to do most of his illustrations. That digital tool has pressure sensors to simulate drawing in real life. The tool is convenient because he can do rough drawings and experiment with shapes all in one device. For the actual animation, Turett utilizes After Effects. However, Turett also likes drawing traditionally with the frame-by-frame technique. The process Turett follows is, design the character, clean the character up, storyboard, and utilizing the After Effects software.

I personally enjoyed the variations of the frogs he included in his show. Each of the frogs has their own personality, shape, and facial expression. I appreciate Turett’s drive for illustration and animation and goals to working for Pixar.

Tyler Turett showcasing his collection.
Tyler Turett’s show “Make Your Mark”
Frog variations by Tyler Turett.





Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Abby Giron

Week 13’s classmate conversation is Abby Giron from San Diego, California. Abby’s is a second year student here at California State University, Long Beach and is studying Information Systems. Information Systems is a branch of business, but incorporates technology as wells. During our conversation, she said her major is not really inspiring, but believes it will create opportunities for her in the future. I totally agree with her because most of the job opportunities are heading towards technology.   Her hobbies include playing piano, soccer, reading and hanging out with friends. She took this class to become more informed about the art world and artists. Abby’s favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings saga. Abby’s response to this week’s question of the day: “From week 1 to week 13, I think my perception of art has definitely broadened in resects to the form of art that exist. Originally, my idea of art was centralized on the basics – sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and sketching. But after visiting the galleries each week, I’ve experienced different expression of art and grown to appreciate creativity and individuality much more.”

A photo of Abby Giron.



Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

Week 12’s artist conversation is with Christopher Linquata. Linquanta’s show is “Sacred & Profane” and is in the Gatov-West gallery. He is finishing his degree at California State University, Long Beach, in the MFA program with representational painting and drawing. However, before going to Long Beach, Linquata attended California State University, Northridge.

Linquata’s show is composed of various paintings. The artist utilizes acrylic paint due to the advantage of drying faster than oil. His show has a mix of larger murals and smaller pieces. To complete the entire show, Linquata spent about 3 years.

His inspirations for his paintings stem from the times of the Renaissance and nature. The beach is a reoccurring surrounding in Linquata’s show. He explained that he takes inspiration from real places, but does not paint it. He rather invent a new place because it’s basically taking a photograph and placing it on the wall. Linquata wants to create a new landscape, but still wants to have a link to reality. The models in his paintings include himself, friends and family.

I chose Linquata’s show because his paintings were eye-catching. The sceneries he used were intriguing and I enjoyed that he uses himself as a model in his paintings. The painting I enjoyed most was the one with the people posing around the graffiti floors and ledges. It reminded me of Venice Beach, and the art wall I visited.

“Sacred & Profane” by Christopher Linquata
"Sacred & Profane" by Christopher Linquata
“Sacred & Profane” by Christopher Linquata
 My favorite piece in "Sacred & Profane" by Christopher Linquata.
My favorite piece in “Sacred & Profane” by Christopher Linquata.

Wk 12 – Activity – ePortfolio

Week 12’s activity is to create an ePortfolio. I created a menu system to consolidate my art post into one category to focus my website on my engineering future. My future audience will be Human Resource directors of electrical engineering companies. In addition, I changed the WordPress template and the background picture to make my site a little more fitting to my career. I went for a more simplistic design on my site. On the Electrical Engineering menu tab, I uploaded my resume so future employers can view it. On my front page of my site is a static page, that shows my about me. I want to communicate to my audience by showing previous projects I have worked. Eventually my projects will be posted when I document them correctly.

My website before the update.

Some of the posts I have created for Art 110.

Some of the posts I have created for Art 110.

Creating categorizes for my website.
Creating categorizes for my website.
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My current website with the changes.

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Inessa Lopez

For week 12’s classmate conversation, I am interviewing Inessa Lopez. Inessa is from North Orange County and is a second year Physics major at California State University, Long Beach. Her inspiration for pursuing physics is that her high school teacher made it easy to understand. Also, she thinks physics is the most interesting of all the sciences. On her spare time, she works out, read, watches Netflix, go on Tumblr and Pinterest, and sleep. The reason she took this class is because she is interested in learning more about art since she claim’s she is not a creative person. However, I do not believe that she is not a creative person because it takes a lot of imagination and creative to understand the theoretical and conceptual parts of physics. The type of music she listens to is Indie Alternative, hip-hop, R&B, and Jazz. Lastly, her favorite movies are Up and Big Hero 6.

Inessa Lopez

Wk 11 – Extra Credit Activity – Finding Geocache

I found the geocache hidden by Matt Carder.  It was on 5th and Ximeno.  I personally enjoyed the description he had for the Geocache.  The finder had to decode his message and then seek it.  His hiding spot was in the cracks of a garden on the corner of the intersection.  Geocaching makes the user think twice about their surroundings.  There can always be a hidden gem wherever a person goes.

Location of the Geocache.
Location of the Geocache.
Geocache hiding spot.
Geocache hiding spot.
The contents of the Geocache.
The contents of the Geocache.

Geocache by Matt_Carder

Wk 11 – Activity – Fiber Art

The wall hanger I created is composed of an old white t-shirt and a clothes hanger as the foundation to hold my work. I began by cutting my shirt into long strips. After, I took three strips and weaved them into one lock. I did this twice. The last strip is made of strips of my shirt, but the longest. After each lock was made I tied it to the hanger. Overall, I did not like how my hanger came out. It was a little frustrating weaving the strips, because I just learned how to do it. I watched a Youtube video to accomplish the weaving portion. This activity did not really change my perspective of the use fiber in my life. I do appreciate those who create elaborate pieces though. It definitely takes a steady hand and patience.

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A closer look at the weaving I've done
A closer look at the weaving I’ve done

Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Jacob Kim

Week 11’s classmate conversation is with Jacob Kim. Jacob is a second year Criminal Justice major at California State University, Long Beach. On his spare time he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, traveling and playing instruments. He is from La Palma, California. Jacob took this class because his peers said it was fun and it fulfilled his general education requirement. He listens to a lot of indie groups, jazz, reggae, and basically all types of music. Lastly, his favorite movie is 28 Weeks Later.

Jacob Kim surfing.


Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Kathy Yoon

Week 11’s artist conversation is with Kathy Yoon. She is completing her last semester at California State University, Long Beach in the Ceramics program. Her show “So Many Me’s” is featured in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery and showcases a plethora of porcelain clay figures.

Upon entering Yoon’s show, viewers can immediately see the pieces created. In the center of the gallery lie a handful of porcelain clay figures about knee high. The clay figures in a way resemble Jack Skellington from “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” In addition, each of her clay figures are positioned in a certain fashion and in a way disfigured.   For example, it ranges from a missing eye, decapitated head, a cut wrist, and looks of despair. Each of the figures took about 2 to 3 weeks to make and the overall project was about a year.

With my brief talk with Yoon, she explained to me that her work is inspired by her life experiences. She elucidated that her pieces are related to the emotions of silliness, frustration, depression, sadness, and playfulness. Looking at the show as a whole, her characters all share a tone of sadness.

Overall, I enjoyed Yoon’s show. It is a direct connection of art and what a person feels on a day-to-day basis. I believe any person can view her work and find at least one-clay figure to relate to. I personally relate to the one with its head against the wall, showing a feeling of frustration.

"So Many Me's" by Kathy Yoon
“So Many Me’s” by Kathy Yoon
One of Yoon's porcelain figures.
One of Yoon’s porcelain figures.
The clay figure I relate most to.
The clay figure I relate most to.