CSUEB Electronic Art Seniors share their thoughts!

Listen to your professors

During school, you soak in all of the information your professors, who have years of experience, choose to share with you. You can pay attention and listen to every word they say, but until you run into problems on your own, their lessons will not hold as much weight in your mind. For instance, while creating a project for the first time, you believe all you will need is one round of printing and then you’re done. In real life, that is just not the case. You’ve heard to your professors tell you, “don’t wait until the last minute to print,” or “you don’t want to be printing one hour before the due date, and realize that your margins are off.”  And yet, you can acknowledge that and immediately think: “that wouldn’t happen to me, I know what I’m doing.”

Words mean a lot coming from someone in the position to give advice, but it seems people in general tend to take those words of wisdom for granted. Coming towards the end of my college career, I wish I could tell my past self things like this. I’d tell myself to ask more questions, complain less, and to not take the time I have in college lightly, because it goes by quicker than imaginable.



Doll Inspiration

I really don’t know the best way to say this other than there will be ‘doll nudity’ in some of the links I will provide.

I rather prefer to make toys more aimed towards younger audiences, but my inspirations come from dolls that were either made for adults (for non-porn reasons) or dolls made by other cultures that are not as terrified of non-sexualized nudity as America is.

In short: Disclaimer, naked imitation humans. But I’m pretty sure at least 75% of you took figure drawing so this isn’t even that crazy.

What directly inspired me to try and make a doll was the creation of the Vladonna doll produced with help by Kid Robot. Pearl, a famous drag queen with an interest in toys, designed a doll. It isn’t a mainstream market thing, and obviously only appeals to a narrow scope of people who enjoy customizing dolls, and obviously is a little graphic, but it was enough of a push to have me realize that making a doll is something I could do.

Another major source of inspiration are Ball Jointed Dolls, which have a fairly long history, but the latest of which are most popularly made in Asia, such as Iplehouse. I enjoy their complexity, the attention to detail and fluidity of movement possible with advanced joint mechanics.

So my senior project ended up being a combination of these various sources. Mixing my enjoyment of more complex dolls with a more cartoonish shape.

Mary Lewis

Video Tutorials

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Nathaniel Dodson makes the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials, Film editing videos, Premiere Pro tutorial, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, Adobe After Effects tutorials, Adobe Lightroom tutorials, Adobe Audition tutorials, Adobe XD tutorials, and Da Vinci Resolve videos on YouTube.

I found his workflow and explanation of the tools to be easily understood and edited to get right to the point. He has a firm grasp on how to explain what he is doing and how to do things efficiently. If you’re ever stuck on how to use the Adobe Suite, most likely Nathaniel will have a solution from the most basic to advanced.

You can find his ever expanding YouTube channel tutorial videos here. This year he has really put forth the effort to have weekly, if not daily content and has started doing podcasting and live recording for his audience. Overall, Nathaniel’s YouTube channel is a great asset for anyone wanting to more about how to use Adobe products.

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S. Larsen


Art Awareness


I have always looked to nature and the environment as inspiration for my art. I love nature and am often inspired by ways in which to raise awareness on environmental issues though the artwork I create. A recent National Geographic cover labeled “Plastic or Planet” has stirred up much controversy. It is a photo that illustrates a plastic bag “partially submerged in the ocean, suggesting that the worlds plastic problem is “just the tip of the iceberg”” ( This cover is the perfect example of how art can inspire viewers to take action and can be a great way to convey a story telling and environmental journalism. Artworks like these are the kinds of works I turn to for inspiration when creating art. My hope is that someday I’ll be able to create art that has the same global awareness as this cover has 🙂


I initially learned about HTML/coding when I was in middle school. The code I saw sparked my interest. In high school I joined the Electronic Arts academy that my school had. I got to learn how to use several different programs and how to code. I got to take a whole year (two semesters) to learn about websites, HTML, CSS, and how to actually code. During the class we got to make a couple different basic websites. After that class my interest in designing websites was was piqued. When I attended community college I chose to take more web design classes to further improve my knowledge and skills. Although I applied to East Bay as an anthropology major originally, I changed my major to art with a concentration in multimedia so I could learn and focus more on web design. When it came to my senior project I knew I wanted to do a website. I wanted to choose a topic for the website I didn’t know much about, but something that I was interested in. This led me to choose to do a website on the Presidio in San Francisco. Through doing research I have learned so much about the Presidio. Overall, I’m glad I chose to build a website about the Presidio in San Francisco. Below are websites I used/am using for inspiration for my website and a historical website about the Presidio.





-Nicole Pavis

The Retro Neons

From the bright lights of the Grid in Tron (1982) to the cold polluted city of Los Angeles in Blade Runner (1982), they both helped established an aesthetic look that I found to be appealing and a source of inspiration. The harsh cold appearance from the purple and pink tints gives off the feeling of isolation and loneliness despite the sense of busyness that surrounds the subject. It sells the viewer a quality hidden beneath the contrast light of the imagery. This change in color tone often invoke the feeling of anxiousness and sadness, as we’re being to be engulfed into the artist’s creation and their feelings exposed. Aspects like this makes me appreciate art and this nostalgic aesthetic that I love. Here are some photographs by Liam Wong (@liamwong) for some examples. The last one was a self-portrait of myself.

-Dennis Ng


I’ve always wanted to create websites since middle school because I thought it was fun. The websites I found codes on to create websites are Zurb Foundation and W3 schools.  I’ve always wanted to create a website for fashion so my senior project is the influences in Korean Fashion since I’ve always love Korean Fashion. Here are some inspirational images I found interesting.



Where Will I End Up?

Over the years of being in college I’ve been interested in many types of art. I initially began with an interest in web design, and later found myself more into graphic design as I became older. This led to me then questioning what type of graphic design I could see myself doing as a career. After googling the different career paths a graphic designer could take, and researching the skill sets needed and the income the various types of graphic design positions provide, I decided to give branding and packaging a try.

I now realize that branding and packaging is what I would love to have a career in. I enjoy making logos, business cards, letterheads, etc, and I figured who better to direct my product to than entrepreneurs with start up companies. I want to work with the ambitious business starters that are focused and determined on getting their babies off the ground. With this, I can be a part of something fresh and new every time, and can watch how it will grow from a seed.

Here is a sample of a package that I enjoy looking. I love how simple it is and its color scheme. I would like to create brands that look like this. design-branding-packaging-design

jack of all trades, master of SOME

Like so many CSUEB students, I am a transfer student who previously pursued a different major. I started college with a desire to be a traditional 2D animator, or to pursue the sciences (biology specifically). Over time, this grew and evolved into my love for Multimedia, specifically within photography and illustration. I think my earliest influence in terms of photography is Ansel Adams.  From a young age I was extremely interested in photography, and this is one of the first artists I was shown.


His work with wildlife photography is remarkable and truly inspiring to see. I hope to eventually have my wildlife photography featured in national geographic.

Another influence in terms of illustration and graphic design is the work of Teagan White. Her work combines detailed yet stylized illustration with typography to create a unique product different from mainstream design.

This final quarter at CSUEB has definitely pushed me further than I realized I could go and helped me greatly improve my work as a Multimedia major. I’d like to personally thank Suzy for being a supportive and innovative teacher with unique ideas personalized to each student, as well as my classmates for helping to critique and improve my work.



Art with a twist

What I’ve discovered in my time here at Cal State, East Bay is that I developed a strong interest in making interactive or dual-purpose designs using a span of different visual medias. Like many others, I learn and remember better with visual aids and hands-on practice methods.  I think they allow for a memorable experience that can resonate on a personal level. In my own work, I can’t help but add more elements to a single design and surprise the audience with the unexpected. Similar to my senior project in which the food packaging bag I made was more than just a material used to carry things, but it also transformed into an informative poster. I believe that every element in a design should serve a purpose for the user/customer, whether it’s to provide more information or to provide some form of convenience.

As I’ve mentioned above, I’m attracted to creating interactive style designs for different medias such as print materials, packaging design, and website design. The following are examples of work as well as resources I use to influence my creative process. is an amazing website that showcases the most creative work designed by an array of students worldwide. The design below is an accordion-style wine package that lets you squeeze out every last drop without having to cut open the box itself. It was designed by Veronica Kjellberg and Mila Rodrigues.


Here is another clever design from It’s a tin can for canned fish with a humorous comic-strip like design wrapped around the tin. It was designed by Darya Panasova and it was influenced by the Russian Idiom “Packed like herrings in a barrel,” which is comparable to the English Idiom “Packed like sardines.” The saying is typically referred to public transportation, so choosing a tin that resembles the shape of a bus was a clever choice.

Picture1 is an online web design and development company that recognizes and promotes the best of innovative web design. Developers such as ourselves can submit our work for recognition. Here are two websites that use parallax scrolling, which I’m a big fan of. It’s an increasingly popular web coding technique that can take your visitors on a journey about your product/work.






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