Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Tyler Turett

Last week I met Tyler Turett. He is a animator and illustrator. This is his last semester at CSULB and he lives in Huntington Beach. Right now he is interning at a studio called Shadow Machine. Also, this is his website http://tylerturett.wix.com/tylerturettanimation

His inspirations were watching cartoons on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon when he was a kid. Also Tim Burton movies. How he makes his illustrations is by sketching it out on a tablet called cintiq. He’ll sketch it out and play with the character design. He designs around the personality of the character that he is making. 

Tyler is working on a show called Jeff and some aliens that will be shown on Comedy Central. He talked a little bit about the different scenes that he had displayed in the gallery. The one with the two frogs is about the short frog being mad at the talk frog for being inside his tank. The different character scenes are from his internship. He also made a black and white storyboard about two mice. 

One of Tyler’s characters reminded me of a cartoon show that I used to watch called Invader Zim. His other animations look like they would be funny and silly characters. I can imagine his animations being on Comedy Central or on Adult Swim. All his characters display different emotions. One of the cartoons looks angry, another cartoon is getting beaten by some carrots and there’s a sloth watching T.V. I like that not all his characters are humans, some are animals or aliens. 

Here are some pictures of Tyler’s creations.    




Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Thomas Cressman

My artist conversation for this week is Thomas Cressman. You can find him on Instagram, his username is Thom_cress6. He is a 5th year at CSULB. His art is made from metal and he makes jewelry. Cressman became interested in working with metals ever since he took a metals class in high school. 

His show is called “Living Forms” and the materials he used are copper, metal and brass. His artwork are interpretations of living organisms. He focuses on the organism’s structure, form and how it lives in its space. He is fascinated by the natural developments of clams and corals. Also how they function and exist in their environment. His favorite piece is the “Giant Blue Clam”.  

His creations start off as a flat sheet of copper and he makes a cut out. He uses fire to loosen the molecules in the metals. Then he hammers it to the shape that he wants. It takes him about a week or month to make his art. He also works with silver. 

Cressman’s art made think of sea creatures and the plants that live in the ocean. My favorite piece was the “Deteriorating Lights” and “Giant Blue Clam”. It reminded me of coral where sea animals could live in. The plant looking art piece that was on the wall made me think of the flowers and mushrooms from Alice in Wonderland. 

Here are some pictures of Cressman’s art. 

Giant Blue Clam


 Deteriorating Lights


Wk 6 – Artist conversation – Alice Adreini

This past Thursday I talked to Alice Adreini. She is getting a MFA in contemporary drawing and painting. She’s been attending CSULB for 3 semesters. She has a theatre background and has been painting for 5 years. She’s from Minnesota and is currently living in Long Beach. 

Her three paintings are about space and gardens. The two large paintings took her a couple weeks to finish and the small painting was a couple months. She used oil paint. The soldiers in her painting add a different dynamic. It also adds a destructive element or a protecting element. Alice also said that she wanted to add a conflicted element. The soldiers are a reminder that there is conflict and space is threatened by conflict. Alice wants the audience to feel wrapped up in a a garden space and feel sublime.

Alice Adreini’s painting was inspired by her mother because she likes gardening. Her mother would find toy soldiers in the dirt. This is what inspired Alice to add soldiers to her painting. 

Alice Adreini’s paintings were bright and colorful. I like that there were soldiers in her painting, it reminded me of the movie called Toy Story. The painting with the blue flower is my favorite. It kind of has this 3D look. It looks like the soldiers are protecting the flowers. 

 Here is a picture of Alice Adreini and her paintings.   

Wk 6 – Classmate conversation – Kahlia Cadle

This past Thursday I talked to one of my classmates her name is Kahlia Cadle. Her major is Accounting and it’s her second year at CSULB. She lives in Rancho Cucamonga and commutes to school.  She likes to make music and she sings. She can play guitar, ukulele, piano, and flute. She wants to make an album soon on Soundcloud. Kahlia is vegan and she likes to watch Netflix. We talked about colors and how it makes us feel. Kahlia said that pastel colors make her feel in a good mood. Also, dark colors make her feel like herself. She likes to wear black. I said that dark colors make me feel down or upset and bright/pastel colors make me feel happy and peaceful.  

Here are two pictures from the art galleries. 


Wk5 – Classmate conversation – Shannelle Cruz 

This past Thursday I met one of my classmates named Shannelle Cruz. Her major is Health Care Administration. It is also her last semester at CSULB. Her hobbies are Tahitian dance, going to the gym, hiking, watching movies, and likes to try new food places. She was born and raised in Long Beach like myself. Shannelle is currently interning at a care giving agency. She is gaining experience with HR and wants to work in a hospital setting. Also, wants to gain more experience working in a hospital. 

When we talked about the classmate question of the week we talked about family, culture and friends. Shannelle said that her family is what keeps her grounded. Also her Filipino culture. She talked about her parents being divorced when she was little. I can relate to her because my parents split up about 3 years ago. She appreciates her grandparents because they took care of her along with her Mom and Stepdad. 

When I thought about “What do you swim in?”, the first thing that came to mind is my parents. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and for having me in California instead of Honduras or El Salvador. I think in my culture family is always first and I have so much support from them. As I get older I want to spend as much time with them because anything can happen at any moment. Another thing is my Salvadorean and Hondurean culture. It is what makes me who I am and I love being bilingual. Hearing my parents speak Spanish on a daily basis and when they talk about what they went through back in their countries. How they got here and made a better life is fascinating to me and it pushes me to be like them.

I think Shannelle and I shared many similar ideas. We also have some things in common like being born and raised in Long Beach and it is our last semester at CSULB. She was friendly and we had a good conversation overall. 🙂 

Here are some pictures of the Gatov-East Gallery, where Shannelle and I had our conversation.   

This painting is by Sery Kwon and Coleton Kargi Palmer. 

This painting is by Jarand Abad and Peter MaCaulay.


Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Josh Benz and Karen Solis

Josh and Karen’s painting was in the Gatov-East Gallery. Karen painted the realistic figures that look like they are watching television. Josh painted abstract figures around Karen’s painting. They used oil paint on a canvas. I talked to Josh because he was at the gallery. I think Karen wasn’t able to attend that day. Josh has a Facebook where he posts his paintings. His name on Facebook is Josh Benz. 

Josh Benz is a Senior and it’s his last year at CSULB. His major is Drawing and Painting. Josh started his painting 3 weeks ago. He majored in drawing and painting because he was influenced by his grandparents who are also artists. When I asked Josh what his painting is about he said it represents a transition from childhood to adulthood. He used different influences for his painting. Paints whatever he’s feeling at the moment. There are different scenes in the painting. One of the scenes is dark and erotic. He likes to use lots of color and he paints abstract figures. One of his figures looks like a person holding a child. Another figure is a portrait of himself holding a teddy bear and the teddy bear represents his childhood. The woman figure next to his portrait is like an alter ego of himself. 

Josh and Karen took turns painting and talked about ideas. He explained Karen’s painting style. She paints realistic figures and one of the figures that she painted is a portrait of herself. Her painting is two people that look like they are watching television. They are laying down and one of the figures has a remote in her hand. It also looks like these figures are floating on water and I guess they are watching all the different scenes that Josh painted. 

What I thought about the painting is that there is lots of color and the two figures watching T.V have so much detail and it’s realistic. The abstract scenes in the painting were interesting. I was thinking of what each scene represents. In one scene it looks like there might be a dark meaning or memory. There’s also this peacefulness of the two people laying down watching T.V. and the water around them. It makes me want to see more from each artist. I think it’s a good idea to collaborate with another artist because it adds more creativity and uniqueness to their art. 

Here is a picture of Josh and Karen’s painting.  

This is another painting that Josh did with another artist named Roddy Hernandez.