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New York Times: Building Coachella’s Giant Art

Over the weekend, there’s a good chance your social media feeds were flooded with photos and video from Coachella.

Over the past two decades, the music festival has become a kind of unavoidable cultural juggernaut, famously spawning not just scores of imitators, but also an entire season on the fashion calendar. 

The Drawing Board

On any given day you might find senior Aaron Gonzalez sitting in the Commons drawing ideas; in the printmaking lab creating his own sketchbooks; or at the skate park next door to campus, an added bonus of going to Otis College of Art and Design. He might be hand-lettering announcements on the chalkboard in the Communication Arts office where he works part-time, or utilizing the campus laser-cutter in the 3D printing shop.

Botanical Artwork Offers the Opportunity to Enjoy Nature’s Imperfections

At the Los Angeles Arboretum, a collaboration with Otis College Extension is fostering the artistic growth of those already interested in the beauty of the natural world. Olga Eysymontt, an instructor at Otis College, has been drawing botanical figures for more than 20 years. “Unlike taking a photograph, where you may have to manipulate it to get the image you want, when you look at something with a more natural form, it has an imperfect, organic flow to it,” Eysymontt said.

Painting the Untold Stories of Los Angeles

Los Angeles native Noah Humes’, (BFA Communication Arts, Illustration ‘17) work straddles the line between fine art and illustration, with a particular focus on depicting Black history and culture. At Otis College, he found the freedom to tell untold stories and develop his signature style.

Motionographer: An interview with Get it Girl

The motion design industry is constantly evolving, albeit slowly. A measurable change is happening.

As the definition of what motion design is and can be evolves, so too does our workforce. Long gone are the days where the vast majority of those working in this field are bearded dudes in flannels with a penchant for tech.

As our field has become less insular, you can now find individuals working within our industry that span the gamut of background and focus, many of whom weren’t initially “motion designers” but now find themselves working in this field.

Graphic Design USA's Students to Watch in 2017

Noah Humes ('17 Illustration) and MJ Balvanera (MFA Graphic Design) are featured in Graphic Design USA's "Students to Watch in 2017," an annual list that recognizes the top talent entering the professional design community. Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) chooses students from leading design programs around the country. Learn more about Humes and Balvanera in their GDUSA interviews below.

 

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Alumnus Jake Janz Designs Statue to Commemorate Fallen Lifeguard

Innovative technology turned Fresno-born product designer and branding artist Jake Janz ('05 Illustration) into a sculptor of public monuments.

Janz created a 9-foot-tall stainless steel lifeguard that scans the Newport Beach horizon looking for distressed swimmers, just as his brother-in-law, Ben Carlson, did the day he died two years ago.

Alumnus Jason Keam Opens Peoples Studio in Long Beach

The tiny storefront of 6021 Atlantic Avenue is nestled next to barber shops, beauty salons and a liquor store, inconspicuous as cars whiz by on the noisy North Long Beach artery during rush hour.

Documentary on Alumnus Tyrus Wong Screens at Newport Film Festival

If Pamela Tom hadn't watched past the end of "Bambi," she might never have found the inspiration for her documentary, which will screen this week at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The filmmaker, who lives in Los Angeles, was enjoying a family viewing of a Disney classic a decade and a half ago when a bonus feature at the end of the videotape piqued her curiosity.

Alumnus Kio Griffith Featured on Artbound

A work by Kio Griffith ('86 Communications Arts) that was recently shown at the Durden and Ray Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley Art Center and currently appears at the Torrance Art Museum in the exhibition "Doppelgänger" (April 2 to May 28, 2016) exemplifies the visual and sound artist’s cross-cultural, mixed media and multi-faceted approach to art. The work "Red Wheelbarrow," constructed from materials including Bakelite, photographic prints, a stainless steel strainer, is an assemblage tribute to William Carlos Williams’ 1962 modernist poem of the same name: