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Cal State Fullerton art grads get showcase at DesignerCon – Orange County Register

Cal State Fullerton art grads get showcase at DesignerCon – Orange County Register

Cliff Cramp and Chuck Grieb had a continuing stream of present and former college students stopping by their DesignerCon cubicles over the weekend.

The Cal State Fullerton professors have been among the many 500 distributors at the Anaheim Conference Middle displaying their unbiased work to the large crowds.

  • Cal State Fullerton Professor of Illustration Cliff Cramp talks to followers at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton Professor of Illustration Cliff Cramp talks to followers at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton Professor of Illustration Cliff Cramp talks to followers at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton Professor of Illustration Cliff Cramp in entrance of his paintings at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Martin Hsu’s paintings sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan snaps pictures at Martin Hsu’s sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Martin Hsu’s collectible figurines at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Martin Hsu at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton professor Chuck Grieb’s work sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton professor Chuck Grieb’s work sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton professor Chuck Grieb’s work sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton professor Chuck Grieb at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan exhibits off a print by Cal State Fullerton Professor of Illustration Cliff Cramp at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Followers peruse Cal State Fullerton alum Matt Spangler’s sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Matt Spangler at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Robotic, a personality created by Cal State Fullerton alum Matt Spangler, at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Matt Spangler at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A fan snaps pictures at Martin Hsu’s sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Patrick Ballesteros indicators a bit of his paintings after promoting it at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Patrick Ballesteros’s paintings sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Patrick Ballesteros’s paintings sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Patrick Ballesteros at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Sophia Lin at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Gadgets from Health Cats, a model designed by Cal State Fullerton alum Sophia Lin, sit on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Customized pins sit on the market at Sophia Lin’s sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Sophia Lin at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia’s paintings sits on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia’s ebook “Girafficorns,” which she wrote and illustrated, sits on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia’s paintings sits on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia’s handmade Pan Dulce Cat plushies sit on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Grace Alba Le talks to followers at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Grace Alba Le’s paintings sits on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Grace Alba Le at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Patrick Ballesteros’s paintings sits on the market at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • “Rosita y Conchita,” a ebook by Cal State Fullerton alum’s Eric Gonzalez and Erich Haeger, at their sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Paintings by Cal State Fullerton alum Eric Gonzalez at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Paintings by Cal State Fullerton alum Eric Gonzalez at his sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum’s Erich Haeger, left, and Eric Gonzalez at their sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cal State Fullerton alum Joanne G. Garcia’s cat croissant sits on the market at her sales space at DesignerCon, an annual art and design conference, at the Anaheim Conference Middle in Anaheim on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“DesignerCon is unique in that it’s not like Comic-Con where it’s centered around a specific industry,” stated Cramp, an illustration professor. “You have a lot of people from different industries — from animation, graphic design, studios and independent fine artists. It’s people showing you what they do.”

Cramp was exhibiting his licensed prints for every thing from “Star Wars” to “Lord of the Rings” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Grieb, who teaches leisure arts and animation, stated it was his first sales space at DesignerCon. “I am new to this idea of putting my work out here. I’m an old animation artist.”

He was making an attempt drum up curiosity for a middle-grade novel, “The Goblin Twins,” which he wrote and is illustrating. It takes place in a world he calls the Backyard Clan and options animals, elves and plenty of battle.

“The book is written and I have an agent,” Grieb stated. “About half of the planned illustrations are completed so I am kind of excited about that. This is like my big project.”

Round DesignerCon, about 20 Cal State Fullerton alumni had their very own cubicles. We tracked down a number of of them on Saturday and requested about their art and their ideas for present college students.

Patrick Ballesteros, 2015 graduate

Ballesteros’ colourful, cartoonish prints are impressed by the tv exhibits and movies he beloved when he was rising up within the 1980s. He imbues that sense of childhood into the whole lot he creates.

“It’s fun and it helps me connect with my son even more,” Ballesteros stated of his Four-year-old throughout a break from speaking to guests at his sales space.

His 25 Cent Wonders are an homage to the kiddie rides outdoors supermarkets and toy shops. Taking acquainted characters starting from Max in “Where the Wild Things Are” to Marvel Lady, he imagines them as youngsters on their very best experience.

Extra lately. the 40-year-old artist, who has a grasp’s in illustration, has created works based mostly on his experiences together with his household and his Filipino heritage.

“I use a lot of sayings, a lot of the puns and the cheesiness from my family that I have embraced as I got older, and as a kid I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, why are you saying that,’” the San Diego resident stated with amusing.

Tip: “When you’re looking for inspiration, take note of the things around you, take note of your experiences, people you interact with. Because later on those are the things that will make your work connect with others.”

Joanne Garcia, 2005 graduate

Garcia has had many art-based jobs since she graduated — engaged on net and cellular video games, designing web sites and Rose Parade floats and educating courses.

Nevertheless it’s the paintings at her sales space that displays her passions: the Mermaid Thriller luggage, the Churro Cats with their very own Instagram account and cartoon collection and the “Girafficorns” guide, “about learning to fly, making new friends and having fun.”

“I have all these ideas and I have to bring them out.” stated Garcia, 38, of Hacienda Heights, who calls her store Fierce Fantasy Design.

Her design for final yr’s Sierra Madre Rose Parade “Chivalry” float gained, not surprisingly, the Fantasy Award.

She’s been taking her paintings to conventions for 5 years.

“This gives me the freedom to do my work and take it the direction I want it to go,” stated Garcia, who has a bachelor’s in leisure art and animation.

Tip: “Don’t let fear get the best of you. Take a chance. I would rather do something and see what happens than later regret that I didn’t do it.”

Eric Gonzalez, 2005 graduate

Gonzalez and fellow CSUF alumnus Erich Haeger can thank the favored animated films “Coco” and “The Book of Life” for serving to to make their youngsters’s books extra accessible.

The 2 have been writing and illustrating bilingual books based mostly on the Mexican vacation Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Lifeless, since 2010.

“It sort of had a stigma before those movies,” stated Gonzalez, 38, who had the Muertoons books “Rosita Y Conchita” and “Paquito y Abuelito” on show at the sales space, together with prints, buttons and pins of their paintings.

Some thought it was a scary, Halloween-type vacation, he stated. “But it’s the opposite. It is about celebrating life rather than mourning death.”

Gonzalez, who lately returned to work at Cartoon Community, stated he’s impressed by the roots of his tradition (his mother and father have been born in Mexico).

“The Dia de los Muertos celebration lends itself perfectly — the color, the iconography — to stories and artwork,” the Corona resident stated.

Tip: “Proper now, greater than ever, there’s a number of work, particularly in animation. … However additionally it is very aggressive. All I can say is figure actually arduous and draw each single day. Don’t surrender.“

Grace Alba Le, 2005 graduate

The playing cards and prints at Le’s sales space are her approach of sharing what she loves — canine, cats and dinosaurs. Disney and Pixar characters.

“A lot of my designs are very feminine, very whimsical, kind of cutesie,” stated Le, 36, who graduated with a level in illustration and graphic design. “My palette is very light and light-hearted.”

A graphic artist in her day job, Le stated that illustration is her ardour. She does lots of vendor-type art exhibits and principally works in digital art, but in addition does conventional work with acrylics and oils.

The Cypress resident can also be an enormous fan of fan art. There’s Disney’s Lilo and Sew, and the inexperienced T-Rex from “Toy Story.”

“I love to do fan art because I know those characters are very relatable to everyone,” Le stated.

Tip: “Just try to do your best, practice every day and you will eventually find your style, your audience, your niche.”

Matt Spangler, 2002 graduate

Guests to Spangler’s sales space will shortly see what he has spent eight years refining.

It’s a easy robotic, sitting in a automotive, hanging out with a squirrel or bundling up within the chilly with a pink scarf.

“It’s just an ordinary robot doing ordinary things,” stated Spangler, 39, who graduated with a level in leisure arts. “That’s really what it’s about. He’s not doing things that are spectacular, he’s doing things that are relatable.”

Spangler challenged himself to take his art from complicated to easy — simply cubes and tubes. The trick was with the ability to convey emotion.

“He has a permanent smile on his face and the only things that change are his eyes,” stated Spangler, who has labored principally freelance however just lately took a job doing packaging design so he might spend extra time together with his 5-year-old daughter.

His ebook, “The Art of Robot (2010-2018),” was out there at the sales space. His work additionally has been exhibited at Disney’s WonderGround gallery at Downtown Disney.

“A lot of people see different things in the work that I do,” the San Diego resident stated. “Some people see sadness in pieces while other people see happiness. I love leaving it up to their interpretation.”

Tip: “Be open to things that may not spark your interest at first, because you may not realize you have an interest in it until you do it. And say yes to a lot of things, but remember your art has value no matter what. … Art is given away so often… You need to get paid.”

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