Who are the 47 great, future professional artists enrolled in the Cal State Fullerton Digital Illustration classes, who will contribute to this blog?
Most students come from Southern California, yet a few have travelled from the remote lands of Porterville, CA (Monache HS), Fremont, CA, Kingsburg, CA, Escondido, CA (technically in Southern California, but pretty somewhere out there!), Seattle, WA and Payson, AZ (Payson High School). One student even listed a Vietnamese high school, but we’re not sure if it’s local or 14 time zones away!
When they’re not doing homework, our classmates are clocking in as retail managers, pet groomers, PMC Event Coordinators, and Disneyland dancers. What they’d really like to do for a living is: children’s book writers and illustrators, greeting card designers, art teachers, multimedia designers, storyboard artists, animators, graphic designer for video games, 3D modelers, interactive art directors, wine label artists, actor, visual developers, concept artists, and the owner of gallery/bar/café.
Where would they like to work? Some said anywhere that pays them above minimum wages, but the more obsessed students mentioned: UDON Entertainment, Disney Imagineering, Microsoft, any prestigious fashion magazine, and Wired.
Which past and current pros inspire our future pros? Mary Blair, William Bouguereau, Tim Burton, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Rudish, Scott Campbell, Julie Vivas, Brianna Garcia, Dr. Seuss, Sandy Skoglund, JMW Turner, Tex Avery, David Wiesner, Norman Rockwell, Luke Lucas, Paul Rand, Carlox Angarita, Chuck Jones, Frank Frazetta, Andreas Deja, Audrey Kawasaki, Gustav Klimt, Dave McKean, Aubrey Beardsley, Pearl C Hsiung, David Delamare, Marumiyan, H.R. Giger, and many more.
What do they do in their spare time? One student recently became a first-time father of a little girl (so he’s swamped!), while another is a mother who impatiently nags her kids into making her a grandma. And with what little time they have enjoyed recently, they have read: Engulf in Flames by David Sedaris, Talisman by Stephen King, Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, Soul Obsession by Nicky Cruz, Free Pizza for Life by Chris Clavin, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, as well as many classics, such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, The Little Engine That Could, Where the Wild Things Are, Lolita, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.