Monthly Archives: May 2015

Wk15-Artist Interview-Elia Murray



This week I interviewed the animated artist, Elia Murray.  She was very kind and outgoing.  Murray actually tried engaging in conversations with my peers and I, which I thought was very humbling of her.  She wanted us to understand her artwork and express our different perspectives.  I chose to interview Murray because her artwork was based on animated animals.  I love animals and seeing them come to life through artwork.  Her drawings and 3D sculptures seemed as if they came straight out of a cartoon.  Not only were they animated, but these animals had a very realistic feel to them.  The amount of detail within each animal was incredible.  In a couple of her drawings of dogs, she detailed even the slightest fold of their fur and gave each animal a unique expression.  Right off the bat, I knew Murray had to have been an artist since she was a little girl because the talent expressed through her drawings was amazing.

During this interview, one of my peers mentioned how her artwork was similar to something that Disney would create.  I automatically drew the connection as well and figured out this is why I liked her artwork so much because I also love Disney.  Murray responded that since she had been an artist for so long that she, as well as all artists, do draw some influence from other artwork.  She also mentioned how it would be a dream to work for Disney.  Murray has actually just recently applied to internships for Disney and Cartoon Network, which she is waiting to hear back from.  However, usually animation majors apply for internships like those and Murray is an illustration major.  I wish her the best of luck because she was brave enough to still apply and accept the fact that she was going against the norm.

As I mentioned earlier, I had a feeling Murray had been an artist since she was a young girl, which turned out to be true.  Murray’s mother was an artist and her father was an illustrator.  She had grown up in a creative environment where expressing herself artistically became natural to her. She grew up enjoying writing, drawing, painting and sculpting fun lively characters.  It was interesting to find out that she had come into college thinking she was going to be an english major.  Her mother convinced her to remain an art major, which I thought was funny since usually the opposite advice is given from parents.  However, it’s a good thing Murray changed her mind because she would not have become the amazing and talented artist she is today.  I really enjoyed viewing her artwork and hopefully one day one of her characters is out on the big screen for everyone else to enjoy.



Wk15-Classmate Interview-Valeria Garcia


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This week I interviewed my very classmate for the semester.  Her name is Valeria Garcia and was willing to do an interview with me although she had already done another classmate interview.  She was very friendly and was eager to begin our interview.  Valeria grew up in Long Beach and attended all schools in Long Beach, and found it very convenient to attend CSULB.  She is already on her second year here at CSULB and eager to continue her education and hopefully graduate in four years.  Both of our high schools were feeder schools to CSULB.  Due to this, Valeria understood when I explained CSULB was not my first choice of school, but nonetheless is a very great and prestigious school.

Valeria is studying Business Finance and is very determined in her field of study.  She plans on integrating her business and finance knowledge somewhere in the fashion industry.  However, she mentioned how this seems stereotypical since she is a female.  She would also like to become a financial analyst, which made me wonder if she actually enjoyed all the math that would consist of.  Valeria mentioned how she genuinely enjoys math courses and the work involved and is also very good at equations and finding solutions.  This was very shocking, considering I cannot stand math classes.  I feel as though all the formulas are a foreign language to me and it is always so funny to me when people say they enjoy it.  Valeria was sad after she completed her Business Calculus course because she would not be taking other math courses until later in her upper division courses.  I wish her the best of luck in her career path.

Throughout the interview I got to know Valeria better and found there were two very interesting facts about her.  First, she has a fraternal twin who also attends CSULB named Vanessa.  Twins have always fascinated me and surprisingly I have met a lot of people in college who are twins. Another interesting fact is that she was just recently married.  She turned 20 years old this past January and got married in December of 2014.  She married her high school sweet heart and her husband is also in our art110 class.  I was initially shocked when she said this because in my opinion that is way too young to be married, but if she is happy then that is all that matters.  I definitely could not picture myself a year from now married.  She also mentioned how she goes to the Laugh Factory on her free time.  I always pass by it at the Pike in Long Beach, but have never gone inside.  Overall, it was a pleasure getting to know Valeria and I hope all goes well in her future.