Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation 


Katherine Pantoja is a Mexican-American freshmen here at CSULB. She’s currently undeclared, but plans to double major in sociology and creative writing. She felt compelled to follow this path because of her love for writing/reading young adult fiction and the sociology class she took on campus last semester. Katherine is from South Gate.

Her hobbies include going to the cinema and dyeing her super awesome unicorn-esque hair! She LOVES to travel, and has been to Cancun, Rosarito, and Michoacan which is where her parents are from. Katherine’s biggest pet peeves are when people chew with their mouths open, and also when people don’t use their turn signals when driving.

Katherine is such an awesome person and I loved talking with her! You can check out her blog here!

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Wk 14 – Art Experience – Drawing in the Japanese Gardens

I really enjoyed this weeks art experience! Sitting down and drawing was what I was looking forward to most in this class. Although I love to draw, I’m not very good at drawing scenery or drawing anything under the timespan of less than 2 hours for that matter. Overall it was a good and relaxing experience. The photography portion was also enjoyable. I felt as though I needed to think outside the box because I’ve never considered photography as “abstract” before.

Representational drawings:

Abstract drawings:

Abstract photos:

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The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens – EC Response & Analysis

Earlier today, I read “The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens” by Elspeth Reeve. Ironically, I found it very relatable. In this article, the term relatable is given a new meaning: “a thought, feeling or idea that resonates with others.” It was interesting to see how those outside of the tumblr phenomenon viewed the teenagers behind it. I thought this article was especially compelling because I was one of the millions of teenagers who were caught up in tumblr.

I made my current tumblr on June 1st, 2010. I was 12 years old and very, very bored. One day during the summer I stumbled upon tumblr. I thought it was the absolute best thing I have ever seen. There were pretty photos, relatable quotes, hilarious jokes, and other teens like me who had nothing better to do with their time. Although I never really caught on to the concept of how to make my blog content worthy of gaining thousands of followers daily (I’ve never been a popular person, online or in real life) but I loved being able to escape reality through tumblr.

Elspeth specifically writes about a particularly infamous tumblr user called “pizza”. Pizza was one of those blogs that basically everyone followed. She was a huge influence on the tumblr community. At the pinnacle of her online career she had accumulated 1 million followers. Funnily enough, I remember following her blog in middle school.

Back then I had no idea how people made money off of being internet-famous. I didn’t realize there were people such as Zach Lilley and Jeremy Greenfield who spend their entire careers finding ways to monetize social media such as tumblr, instagram, and youtube. And honestly, although Elspeth labels the majority of internet-famous teens as brilliant and strategic… they’re not. Most of them are popular because they have pretty faces/know which angle of them looks best on camera. So many of the viral stars I see online don’t even have real talent or a legitimate reason they’re famous. Ultimately, they just got lucky. It’s really sad to see how many people are famous online for trivial reasons vs those who actually have good intentions (rather than the fame or money).

Before I permanently deleted my instagram, I noticed that many “insta-famous” accounts that I followed were now almost exclusively posting pictures promoting brands and products. Many youtubers I follow also do the same thing with their videos. I realize that they’re trying to make extra money, but if you already have hundreds of thousands of followers on your social media and millions of views then you already get paid plenty. I can’t help but feel that these websites which were once mainly about sharing your life with others or expressing your thoughts/opinions are now all about the money. I feel as though that takes away greatly from the enjoyment of using social media.

Wk 14 – Activity Feedback

My three favorite art activities this semester and why:

Plaster casting at the beach: This was one of the first art experiences of the semester, and I really loved it. Before this, I had never made plaster castings before. In addition, it was just a lot of fun to go to the beach on a school day and just relax. Glenn’s iced tea was delicious and it was a wonderful day. I truly feel bad for the students that couldn’t make it to the beach that day. Although I haven’t really come up with a use for my hand casting (which came out pretty darn good btw) it was a fun experience overall.

Drawing via French Girls: Although I did this art activity as an alternative to the art care packages, it was undoubtedly my favorite of the semester. In my post about instagram, I shed some light on my experiences with social media. It’s only been a week since I joined the art community of French Girls (a drawing app where you can share your art and even get commissioned) and I have absolutely fallen in love. I haven’t had much time to draw this semester on account of my classes and health problems, but something about using the app is so easy and so fun. Other artists who also use the app made me feel so welcomed. I didn’t feel judged in the slightest. I feel like I can fully express myself through my art, not having to feel the pressure to be something I’m not. I wish the whole class got to do this art activity. It would’ve been interesting to see everyone showcase their different art styles.

Instagram: Even though I have deleted all my social media (facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.) I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. It was cool to look up our class’s hashtag and see all the different things we did that day. One thing that I enjoyed about Instagram when I still had one was the way it was somewhat like a photo-diary. Coincidentally that day was probably the best day of my whole semester, and I’m glad I have those memories captured with photos to look back on.

My three least favorite art activities and why:

Photowalk: I think this was mostly a bad experience for me because my guide didn’t really talk to our group. We just followed her everywhere and it was really awkward so I honestly just left in the middle of it to go to the gym. Also to top it all off it was a hot day and I was not down to walk back and forth everywhere. So I just visited the Japanese garden on my own time. Thankfully I really enjoyed the actual photography part of this assignment and writing the blog post about my photos.

Turning Pages: In the beginning of the semester I knew when I looked at our agenda of activities that there were going to be some things near the end of the year that I would either not like or be too lazy to do. (This was why I did so much extra credit in the beginning of the year.) I realize that this class covers a broad spectrum of visual arts and a lot of people who take it might just be trying to finish a GE, but I really wish more of our activities had to do with hands-on conventional art (such as the drawing, photography, or plaster casting activities).

Geocaching: I don’t really get geocaching. I remember in the beginning of the semester I googled it because I didn’t know what it was. And even now, I still don’t really understand it. I get the basic process of the whole thing, but how is this a form of visual art? I think it’s kind of cool and definitely something that I can see other people doing as a hobby, but I find it irrelevant to the experiences that I was hoping to get out of this class.

Art 110 in general: This class was undoubtedly my favorite that I’ve taken at CSULB. I think it’s brilliant how we turn in assignments by posting them on our blogs. In addition, you can tell that Glenn puts a lot of hard work into our activities to make them interesting and fun. He really pushes us to think past art stereotypes and encourages us to see art in a modern-day light. Originally, I was skeptical of whether or not I should take this class because like I mentioned earlier I was definitely looking for more of a traditional art class with an emphasis on painting and drawing. However I’m really glad I took this class. It was an easygoing time to look forward to between my other hectic and demanding classes.

What could make this class better?: Honestly, I really disliked the group discussions. Often the groups I was placed in mostly had an attitude of “I really don’t want to be here or talking to you.” But perhaps this was just because I’m generally an unlucky person. I would try and initiate discussions with others in my group but to no avail. The group discussions were bearable, but I really dreaded them. Other than that I think the class is fabulous and I’ve already recommended it to a number of my friends.

Wk 13 – Art Experience – Drawing (French Girls)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I experimented with digital art through the app called “French girls” (best app name ever)! It’s an iOS phone app in which you can draw pictures of other people or other people can draw pictures of you. You can even do commissions through the app, although French Girls charges $5 per commission to go back to them. I think this is a really great way for those not really experienced with complex programs like photoshop to try out digital art.

I used to draw things using photoshop in middle school, so this experience was somewhat nostalgic for me. However before I figured out how the app worked, I was very confused.


My first attempt on French Girls.

I hadn’t yet realized that I could change the size of my pencil strokes, zoom in to do details, or adjust the opacity of the colors.

My re-do of the first picture I tried to draw.

Afterwards I looked at different artists’ work on the app. Here are a couple that I really loved:


After being inspired by the different techniques and styles that others used, I drew two more drawings. I thoroughly love using this app to draw! My absolute favorite things to draw are faces. I’ve shown these pictures to my friends and family and they refuse to believe I drew them on my iPhone!


I actually found it very relaxing to draw on French Girls. I plan to continue using this app to draw for fun and hopefully in the future receive commissions.

If you want to see my art or commission me, my username on French Girls is @hannibear!

Here are two drawings of my selfies done by other artists on the app:


The first drawing was done by a stranger, and the second was drawn by my talented best friend 🙂 I told her about how fun this app is and she downloaded it and drew me! I really love it ❤

Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram

For this week’s art experience, I posted these four pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #art110s16.

My boyfriend who goes to college in Washington is on his spring break and came to visit me for the day. I took a couple of pictures and posted them @beachybananaz, an Instagram that I made yesterday morning exclusively for this class assignment.

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10:49 AM, on the walk back to my dorm from public speaking class.
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3:08 PM, waiting for our dessert at Snow Monster on 2nd Street.
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3:13 PM, a classic “food portrait” during our ice-cream date.
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7:01 PM, watching the sunset from Seal Beach pier right after a delicious dinner.

In addition to these four pictures, I also posted five other photos that I felt matched my Instagram grid’s overall aesthetic.

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I felt as though this week’s assignment struck a chord with me on a more personal level than any prior ones. I started using Instagram in middle school and much like a majority of the people my age, I was hooked. As a somewhat timid person, I spent a majority of my teenage years online and running away from my own insecurities. To me it was so much easier to be able to control other’s perceptions of me than to be real and embrace every aspect of myself… whether it was good or bad.

As Instagram and social media in general started to grow, so did my need to change myself to fit in. I started to develop this unsettling paranoia/anxiety whenever I posted something. I felt as though I needed to not only be consistent with my posts, but also portray my life as constantly perfect and happy when in reality it was far from that. I realize that many people who use social media don’t feel this way, but for me it had begun to take away from living my life. Rather than thoroughly enjoying meaningful or beautiful moments in life, I spent my time trying to capture them from behind the camera of my phone. A huge portion of my day was spent checking my feed and fretting about my number of likes and followers.

About two months ago I deleted my Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. And honestly, it was probably one of the best decisions of my life. I have so much more time to focus on things that actually matter… like my friends, family, and grades. Making an Instagram again for the sole purpose of this assignment presented me with an opportunity to reflect on the importance of going “off the grid.”

Although I’m definitely going to delete this Instagram account after a week, I’m glad I had a chance to make it and participate in our class’s “group portrait.” Looking through our class tag helped me appreciate how many different people are in our class and that somehow despite all our differences, we all wound up taking the same course together.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

 

 

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: “ALL WORK ALL PLAY”

Media:  Metals (Copper, Sterling Silver, Brass, Enamel, Fishing Wire) and Spray Paint

Gallery: Werby

Instagram/website: N/A

 

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is attending her last semester here at CSULB. Originally, she was enrolled as an English-writing major in Poetry. In high school, she didn’t know what she wanted to major in but just knew that she wanted to go to college. She loved to paint and draw as a child, and never considered making 3-dimensional art. However after taking an intro to metals class she developed a love for them. She realized how versatile metals are and how amazing it is to work with them. Sean especially loves silver because of how precious it is (silver is easier to melt and harder to treat, so she feels especially accomplished after polishing a metal piece). She loves being hands-on with her work.

Thoughts behind title of exhibit: often she gets too absorbed in accomplishing the task, without taking time to think about pleasing herself and having fun.

In terms of her art style – She tends to be simple in terms of color. She experiments from time to time, but she feels as though she should just use it when it fits the piece. In the future Sean hopes to continue her metal work. She’s considering grad school and currently working on a studio. She wants to spend time travelling and being inspired and putting that inspiration into her art.

Inspires her art: Experimental, environment, people, mood, random thoughts, humor especially.

She grew up near koreatown.

Wk 9 – Art Experience – Character Bio


Hannah is a citizen of Moonbase Alpha. After she was born, Hannah was dropped off at the front step of a local monastery. She has no knowledge of her background or where she came from, but she doesn’t really care. The nuns raised her to be a kind and loving person. She spends her free time caring for those in need. She collects beautiful stones and enjoys the little things in life.

Her hair is the color of rose Quartz. Her favorite past-time is taking the train and travelling to beautiful places on her own. Although she lives in the city, she feels the most at ease when she is isolated in the beauty of nature. She keeps a book of sketches from the places she’s visited.
Cathy – Hannah met Cathy during one of her spontaneous trips. They sat next to each other on the train and discovered they had many things in common and became friends quite quickly.

Eugene Fitzherbert – Since Eugene and Cathy are childhood friends, Hannah met Eugene through her.

Alexa Luna – Alexa regularly attends mass at Hannah’s church, so they have been friends for a while now.