CSUEB Electronic Art Seniors share their thoughts!

Inspiration through Awareness

By Kim Zib.


I wanted to create a documentary showcasing the LGBTQ+ community that is a whole inspiration in itself–but I really didn’t want it to be something that would be considered an activist documentary either. I was inspired by the MTV documentary “White People.” I honestly wanted to invoke conversations about the LGBTQ+ community, or more so wanted people to listen to the stories of those within the community. I wanted their voices to be heard, and talk about things that many of us never ask of them. From someone who is the community, I feel that the regular questions, and also harder questions to answer are never really asked, or no one really listens. I wanted to spread awareness that wasn’t in your face, but more a more casual setting.

MTV’s “White People” does that. It talks about the harder things and creates a safe space about how those whom are considered white feel, and the views on white people from those who are considered POC (people of color). I wanted to mimic the open-discussion styled documentary, but still create new dialogue throughout as well.

I was really inspired to come out of my comfort zone and create a video that is very personal, and something that could one day impact my life in some way, shape, or form.


Inspired by old masters.

Creating my project, a set of animated illustrations to fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” by Grimm Brothers, I was inspired by a set of postcards I used to have as a child. I think they were my mom’s postcards, they were quite old. Being a child I was fascinated by these scenes as they were transferring me to a magic world. I almost forgot how they looked or how they were made, I just had this memory of a fairy world I was immersed in when looking at them. Luckily I was able to find these postcards in a scanned version. These illustrations were made by Soviet illustrator (born in 1926) Askold Kantorov. Kantorov created a new technique (at least it was new for Soviet Union of 1970s), where he set up a scene using  clay figurines and made photographs of it. I think what fascinated me the most is that figures looked 3-D; the color scheme and lightning added up to this illusion.

Dina Arakcheyeva

Senior Project Inspiration–Peter McKinnon

One of my biggest inspirations for my senior project is Youtuber, Peter McKinnon. I started watching him because my sister, Rachel, actually recommended to watch his film tutorials. Before senior project, I wasn’t a pro at filming (I’m still not pro), but I really liked the idea of creating videos. I only took the Digital Video course the quarter before that I really liked that class. That class definitely sparked my interest in pursuing film as my medium for my senior project. So fast forward to now, I started grabbing most of my inspiration from Peter’s videos and tutorials on how to produce better footage. My concept of my video is definitely not the same as Peter’s videos, but I enjoyed learning from his tutorials in order to make my video better.

I also like that Peter focuses on trying to capture better footage on a budget. Personally, I can relate to that because I don’t have a ton of camera equipment. For example, some of his videos talk about how to get better footage by just using natural light or how to get a specific effect on Adobe Premier. Below, I just added some videos from him that helped me throughout this senior project. Hopefully, it could help some of you that are interested in learning how to film in general or just want to produce better footage.

–Melanie Dela Cruz

Bethany Radloff


Bethany Radloff is a professional Illustrator and Animator that I have been following for quite some time now. She has worked with a lot of big corporation companies such as Disney, Marvel, HBO and content creators (aka Youtubers) like Anna Akana. She also is a Youtuber as well which you can check out here. What got me interested was her cartoon/video game/comic-book-like art style. I love how her art is inspired by nerdy things like comics, anime and manga. Her animations are very colorful and fluid and I love how she is versatile in so many different forms of art.

I would like to one day be successful in the same way she is. Like Bethany, I want to be able to express myself in different ways. Where I can be true to myself and my interests and have them drive my career as a future motion graphics artist / designer.

– Mariel Toribio

Art Inspiration

My senior project is a cookbook and blog centered around vegan cuisine. Naturally I looked at many cookbooks to research this subject matter, but the ones I took particular inspiration from were cooking brands that started online and on social media. I took inspiration from them because they had a strong sense of branding, and because of that, the possibilities were endless as far as designs go. Online blogs and personalities including Hot For Food, Jason Wrobel, and Oh She Glows inspired me because they are so multifaceted. Not only do they post recipes, but they also post content about health, living a balanced life and more. Taking inspiration from these creators made me feel less limited in what I could create for my project and made me think more about branding myself.

We’re living in an age where it can be smart to create an online presence first before creating something as big and costly as a cookbook. It’s a good way to publicize yourself, test the market, and make money. A successful Youtube channel will earn you a lot more money from ad revenue than a well-crafted cookbook oftentimes. In this day and age, businesses have to provide consumers with content on many levels in order to ensure their success.






I always like to look on bechance for inspiration and I came across this advertisement piece. I love vibrate colors, so this one caught my eye right away. I love how the pop art and photography co-exist in this piece. This advertisement was for a Middle East department store in Aizone. The designers are  Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh who used inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein, who brings art to life with vibrant pop art sensibility. Here’s a quote from Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh:

“Inspired by the art of Roy Lichtenstein, Sagmeister & Walsh’s Aizone campaign uses bright fluorescents, bold geometrical forms, and lots and lots of cross-hatches and polka dots. Although many of the products in the shots are ones that Aizone actually sells, they are contrasted by brightly colored papercraft props of plants, lemonade pitchers, vases, and more.”

This is what truly inspire me because they also thrive from other inspirations.



Art Inspiration——”Peiwen Farming and Weaving Pictures”

My final project is serious of food package designs for Good Grain’s blend grain rice. Good Grain is a new brand of carefully chosen organic grain rice. Good Grain promise that each grain of rice is from the prime area of grain source in America and has high quality. My major inspiration is from a Chinese ancient picture book named “Peiwen Farming and Weaving Pictures.” The book is painting by Qing Dynasty court painter Bingzhen Jiao in 1696. The book includes 46 pictures recording the Chinese ancient field jobs such as plowing, harrowing, seed drilling, cultivating, harvesting, weaving, etc. The book is the first agricultural science picture book in the world. The bold lines and smooth edge of figures create a gentle simple and elegant beauty. I found the style of the picture book matches Good Grain’s product very well. So I blend the Chinese traditional drawing into modern package design and giving the product a simple, unsophisticated, natural, organic and elegant style.

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My Inspiration: Gareth Procter

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The Swan Hotel

Gareth Procter is an Australian brand designer and creative director. In his ten years of experience he has created some terrific brand identity projects. My personal favorite is The Swan Hotel where he created a series of hotel items that correlated with the hotel’s brand. The Do Not Disturb sign personally inspired the seahorse design for my own senior project as it used the shape elements of the animal. The organic feel of his project also inspired my bath products line for my senior project. The logo for the hotel takes a playful spin on typography as the “S” resembles a swan.

Art Inspiration


Sarah Pidgeon is a partner in a British design studio Horse, studio set up before she was involved in several occasions nongfu spring product packaging design, but to her studio really fame, is a recent cooperation – nongfu spring glass bottled water packaging design.

In early 2015, the farmer mountain spring launched glass bottled water.Changbai mountain water source of water droplets in the shape of a bottle body with a typical image of animals and plants, and matches by the Numbers and words, digital has its special meaning behind it.

It took two years of mineral water packaging Design almost swept across all important in The field of packaging Design award in 2015, including The international food and beverage outstanding creative award (FAB allow), British D&AD Awards (Designand Art Design), international packaging Design award Pentawards award, as well as packaging Design media The Dieline have tons of annual Awards.

British Design Design Week allow in 2015 will be the only packaging Design award went to the product packaging, think it is “elegant and beautiful”, “is a collection, very simple, and exquisite printing to make it look almost have a three-dimensional effect.”

Art Inspiration -the inspiration of rejection

Hey, I’m going to talk about how rejection became my inspiration for my senior project. It may seem funny or weird that rejection was a basis of inspiration. But, failing at something makes me work harder for others, but more importantly, for myself. I had illustrated 5 book jackets (two that were a part of a series, chapter illustrations, and inside content for those two specific series as well), that all were different genres all because I was rejected from a book designing position from “Random House Publishing.”

I wanted to push myself to work on all of the things that the company was looking for in their job offer. I wanted to show that I’m capable of more than just their requirements on paper, but more that I’m capable to push myself past the frustration of rejection. My styles of inspiration come from an artist that did a series of illustrations of mass effect (Sam Spratt) and re-imagined disney of Heather Theurer.

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