Week 13 // Student Interview – Katie Leyba

I was blessed with a moment to meet Katie Leyba who is a 2nd year majoring in Electrical Engineering. Right of the bat, you already know that she has a drive and passion to work hard. With a major like electrical engineering, you can’t just sit around and hope for things to come, you have to work hard and diligent and deserve the grade that you get. Getting to know her, I learned that she has a motivation to wanting to advance technology focused on helping people, whether it’s through sickness or well-being. And to meet someone who is passionate about making this world a better place to live in is truly one of a kind in my book.

She not only seemed kind but was and was extremely polite and engaged as we conversed. It’s not easy to make this “assignment” feel not like one but she made it feel like meeting a new friend. I was glad to have met her and overall was so blown away by her ambitions and goals. I hope for her endeavors to come as successful and that she continues to strive for bigger and better outcomes. I foresee a great future for her and I really wish for her goals to become realities.


Week 13 // Artist Interview – SHIHORI NAKAYAM


This week I had the privilege to speak to an amazing artist, Shihori Nakayam.

Her gallery was dubbed “Recapturing the Moment” and why she named it that was because every piece in her gallery was inspired by keen memories that she just remembers. If you see her artwork, there are no patterns to her pieces as a whole, but her style and flavor is engraved in each piece. When asking her what her motivation and inspiration to creating her work was was that she just remembers images of her daily life where she then begins to draw with her pen and ink. I absolutely love her style of work, it’s so intricate while so simplistic. Even though the two describing words are contradicting, to met it describes her work perfectly. When you see step back and see the art as a whole, you notice beautiful lines and a great picture, but the moment you step forward and notice the details… you see something new and amazing.

Another style that she adopted apart from pen and ink was this art style of layering papers over each other with different foundations. Those artworks were done in pastel colors that really made the art soft and beautiful to look at.

I absolutely loved her artwork and what she does, I really hope that she continues to be inspired and for her career to only advance. I wish her and best and am once again so thankful for the opportunity to meet her.

Week 13 // Extra Credit – Jairo Ubeda “License Plate Art’

Step 1) Grab a blank piece of paper and two different colored markers. Step 2) Find a very kind person to drive you around for 15 minutes or so. Step 3) Pay close attention to the license plates from various different cars. Step 4) Chose one colored marker for California and the other colored marker for the out of state license plates. Step 5) Only write down the first letter of each state. Step 6) Start in the center of your paper and work your way around in a spiral motion. Step 7) Stop as soon you hit the edge of a paper…… or until the driver gets annoyed of driving.

On this beautiful sunny Sunday, on my way to church which takes an average about 15-25 minutes, I attentively started working on this assignment. My normal route to church requires me to take the 91 freeway which helps with the variety of cars I will drive by. To my surprise, I was stunned by the amount of non-Californian license plates I got to see. I was predicting that I was only going to get to see maybe maximum five but instead I actually got to see 13. It creates in me this curiosity of wanting to know why they’re here, do they live here? Are they on vacation? All the way from Texas, to the beautiful beach side shores of California.

My end result was interesting and it was a pleasure to complete this assignment. California is a great place to live, with great opportunities, great lifestyle, and especially great weather, who wouldn’t want to come to California. Right?

Week 13 // Extra Credit – Hoc Nguyen ‘Procedural Poetry’

1) Take your favorite book.

2) On every page of a single chapter, use the last word of the page.

3) Create a poem or image using the collected words.

4) Extra words may be used to tie in collected words together.

Hoc Nguyen


To // one // think // running // real //simply // house

“To think,

that the one who blinks,

is running real,

can simply feel,

and go to their house.”

My experience with this procedural art was rather surprising. The end product came out very well in my opinion. I still don’t exactly know what it means, but it stirs great thought and I think that that’s what makes it so special. The book that I used is called “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, and it’s a book that really changed and molded my life. I read it together with a mentor that I have from church and he mentioned to me that Lewis’s thought processes on a lot of the worldly things he had to come across made him think more deeply about his life and relationship with God. This book “Mere Christianity” is a great read and I can definitely vouch for it’s depth and satisfactory level of reading.

However for my end poem, I’m glad that it has some sort of flow to it. I realize that after doing now two of these poem creations, it’s really not easy making sense of it, but I’m pretty satisfied with how this turned out.

Week 13 // Extra Credit – Jasmine Barnum ‘Text Msg Poetry’

1. Get your mobile device!

2. Open up to your text messages.

3. Look through your messages of the last ten people you have messaged.

4. Write down the third word of the last text you sent to that person.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all of the ten people from your text messages.

6. Make a poem from all the words you wrote down.

7. Read your poem aloud!

– Jasmine Barnum


Practice // sure // baby // try // do // class // Tuesday // man // my // and //

“Man, try baby practice Tuesday my class sure and do”

My finished product was tricky to achieve because of how hard it was to make sense of it, however, once I got it all to work “well” I was pleased with what I got. If I had to interpret it in some way, I would define it as a motivational conversation to help a friend to go to class. Maybe I have a friend who hates school right now and this is my way of telling him to taking things slow with baby steps and to go to class. All in all, I was pleased with the outcome and am eager to see other results.

Week 13 // Extra Credit – Kyle Wadsworth

1) Do you like video games? If so, what are some video games you like to play?
2) Describe your experience. What happened? What did you like? What did you not like?

First off, I’m extremely impressed with how the game functions and I can foresee the possibilities and potential for this game. Awesome job Kyle!

I love video games, I’ve always grown up blessed with a playstation, N64, gameboy, etc. But in particular, once I was introduced to Counter-Strike, my world completely flipped over. I absolutely love first-person shooters, but by far Counter-Strike would have to be my most favorite game of all. However, apart from FPS I also love playing role-playing games such as Skyrim, Diablo, etc.

My experience with your game was completely satisfying. I personally don’t really enjoy puzzle games just because it consist of a lot of pondering and brain activity, but all in all, your game was more satisfying know that a classmate of mine created it. Your game really reminded me of Portal with how the mechanics of solving the puzzle works but it definitely still holds a unique style. I loved the variety of challenges you gave out, especially with the last map where you incorporated the drop boxes, lever, and the box. Overall, I’m excited for what’s more to come. Keep up the hard work!

Week 12 // Artist Interview – Ashley Sharpe


Meow. This week, I had an amazing opportunity to meet Ashley Sharpe and her exhibit “Meow.” After reading her artist statement, I got to learn that this exhibit wasn’t just about her love for cats, but it went much more deeper than that. For her, she suffered depression and anxiety because of changes in her life she had to overcome and with her strength and the help of her feline companions, she has overcome her obstacles. Cats are amazing and it’s not hard to see that the world loves them over the internet. The oh so iconic “Grumpy Cat” who has tons more followers on instagram than even human beings. Cat’s are celebrities and Ashley sees that as well. As I got to talk to her, she felt so bright and warm. She’s so bubbly and sweet that you just can’t deny that she’s love-able. Her exhibit also expresses her personality, with the gallery covered in different ways to showcase her art.

She expresses not only her work through graphic design but also from printmaking. Her techniques and passions are growing beyond her comfort zone of graphic arts. And with all her work obviously surrounded with the theme of Cats. Her work was not only cute but beautiful and intricate. I love the little details that she included throughout her gallery such as the glitter, yarn, etc.

Ashley Sharpe seems to be an amazing person with an amazing personality. I hope to see her dreams turn into realities and for success to come her way. Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity!

Week 12 // Activity – Procedural Art


1. Go to http://superlooper.universlabs.co.uk/

2. Start with setting your tempo

3. Next start with setting up your own drum beat.

4. Then set up with your own rhythm section.

5. Then your cords and bass if you choose too.

6. End it with setting up your lead.

7. Record it and share it on your wordpress.


I’ve always had a huge desire to create my own music, specifically my own beats. If I had resources, I would love to get myself an MPC which is an instrument that allows your to sample your own sounds to help you create your own beats. An MPC is wildly used in the DJing world so that they can create unique sounds that no one has ever heard before. This website gives me a chance to do something like that on a small scale.

After setting my desired tempo, I always like to start off with setting up my drum sounds. It gives me a good back ground to what I want to make.


Then from here I start to create my music piece. What I could make on the website is most techno because of what I am constraint with, but all in all, I try to have an upbeat sample no matter how I make it sound. I feel that music always stirs emotions and I’m the type of guy who hates being pessimistic even in my music.

Final Product:


I love the result I get through this program. And I know you will too. The possibilities from this is endless, and more than anything, it’s really a lot of fun. I could spend hours and hours dabbling on this website and creating more art.

Week 12 // Student Interview – Khadinh Tran

For this week, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet Khadinh Tran. I got to know that she’s a sophomore who is majoring in healthcare administration, and aspires to become either a nurse or a physicians assistant. As I got to talk to her more and more, her personality felt very radiant and passionate. You could tell by way she talks that she really loves life and what life has given her. As I got to learn more about her, I learned that she loves to be active outdoors. Khadinh loves to shop, go to the beach, camp, anything she can do outside, she adores. And her willingness to step out of her comfort-zone aspires me to follow in her footsteps.

As she explained her upbringings and life, I can feel her heart that cares and seeks to help people. More than just doing the things she loves, she also explained how she loves to make people just as joyful as she is with life. That kind of heart is rare and something I constantly try to work on on myself. This complete selfless love for others.

I am deeply thankful for the opportunity that was given to meet Khadinh and what she has taught me. And again, I can’t wait to meet someone just as inspiring.

Week 11 // Activity – Sculpture


I really had a huge desire to work at the beach but because of time constraints, I had to make due and work with what I had at home… here’s my story.

I started off really stressed, not because I was worried about the work, but mainly because I couldn’t fulfill this activity at the beach. I tried my best to go, but it would have been much more responsible to just work diligently at home. So with the sun high in the sky, I started off with filling a bucket full of part soil and part sand. It definitely wasn’t the kind of sand texture you get from the beach but it was grainy and solid, so I gave it a try. With some effort in trying to get the sand mixture wet by pour some water as well as stirring, I created my mold. This part was quite tricky for that my hole to create my mold in was concealed in a bucket having this boundary for space. With some effort and tries, I got it the way I wanted and poured in the plaster. After waiting about thirty minutes, I wasn’t expecting it to come out so easily. “Dig your creation out…” I had no idea what that meant. But to my surprise, that was the easiest part and my creation was much more satisfying that I would have thought.

The details between the fingers shaping the hand left me thoroughly surprised. It got me thinking how much more possibilities there are with plaster. Plaster has two shapes where one is as fluid as water then when it sets, hard as a solid rock. I could see plaster being used in art to be shaped into pottery as well. All in all though, I am really glad that I got to do this assignment, even if it meant being done at home. Doing the activity made me feel as if I was at the beach, that’s what matters. Thank you.