Photo of Andrew McMahon performing at a piano and gesturing boldly into the sky.

Sample Art 490 Portfolios

Image: Andrew McMahon, in the Wilderness, by Julie Pavlacka

Adam Levinstein, Portrait & Wedding Photography

Adam Levinstein
Adam Levinstein

Adam Levinstein is a highly trained, deeply creative professional photographer that specializes in portraits and wedding photography. His modern timeless style allows him to create visionary, dramatic storytelling content. He visually communicates personalities and furthers an individual’s brand through portraits. Adam truly captures the authentic love and beauty surrounding wedding day events. His professionalism is second-to-none, allowing models, couples, and families alike to feel confident in the quality work that they are receiving. His work truly speaks for itself. His detail process through editing leaves no room for a project to be completed less than perfect.

Ariya Tok, Collections Manager

I am currently a Junior Collections Management Technician at LACMA.

Christina Birrer-Fetzer, Art, Land, Photography

Christina Birrer is an artist of the land using photography. The work confronts directly the dichotomy of modern life and earth life across millennia. Birrer uses performative gesture and community based research to weave past and present, investigating endemic anomalies whose fragile ecosystems mirror that of concurrent ethnologic systems. Feminism, community activism, and biodynamic practice inform the imagery and concepts embedded in ‘interconnected’- a ​cri de cœur​ and a meditation on natural earth processes.

Coby Moore, Graphic Design

I am a graphic designer with a penchant for printmaking and designs for digital applications. Working in digital mediums has always interested me. Having a computer at a young age, the seemingly limitless potential that it offered ensured that my childhood was filled with experimentation and exploration. This kind of electronic fascination influences the work I find myself producing. 

Daniel Cox, Character Design & Animation

Daniel Cox
Daniel Cox

My love from art stems from its ability to emotionally connect with an audience, and reflect reality through the artist’s eyes. So as an illustrator and animator my main goal is to bring a sense of life and emotion to the characters I create as well as build an immersive world for them to live in. My vision as an artist is work in television. I see myself working in a collaborative environment helping to make shows that push narrative in new ways and developing characters that audiences can relate to.

Emily Chu, Graphic Design

Hi, my name is Emily Chu. I’m an Esports fan, video gamer, and graphic designer. I love creating eye-pleasing and innovative graphics. As a graphic designer, I look for simple, clear, and compelling graphic solutions. My work in visual communication strives to bring the Esports community together and provide platforms for interaction and connection. Sharing this passion with others is what gets me up in the morning.

Erin Reyes, Graphic Design

It’s about the Letters
I fell in love with the letters on the page. Not the words, but the letters. My love for typography and graphic design has grown immensely in the past few years. Graphic design is everywhere, in our homes, on the street, in stores and in endless amounts of places. My goal is to present design and typography like no one has seen before. I want to portray my work as a piece of art and thrive in the industry for years to come.

Gerardo Casillas Flores, Illustration

I create illustrations that help you connect with your audience. My illustrations range in style from highly realistic to more fluid and whimsical. My goal is always to capture viewer attention and to inspire.

Han Vi, Illustration

Han Vi, photo by Sean DuFrene / Photographer Strategic Communications Long Beach State University

As an illustrator I aim to create pieces that conjure a sense of wonderment and discovery. My use of bright colors is meant to evoke this excitement at finding new worlds and traversing unfamiliar environments.

Jaan Singh, UI/UX Design

I’m a UX/UI Designer who is passionate about creating real world projects that make a difference to users around the world. User experience is an essential part of daily life. Over the years, I have enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of how to design for different users.

Jade Teran, Fine Art Photography

headshot of Jade Teran
Jade Teran

My current work focuses on the rejection of traditional formality and form commonly displayed in portraiture. Every person’s body demonstrates a unique set of characteristics, and as an artist, I enjoy exploring the different contours and shapes to present something unfamiliar to the human eye.

While I do create traditional prints, my current collections also explore sculpture. The ability to bring a 2D work into a three-dimensional space enables me as an artist to engage with my work more while exploring physical layers and manipulations. The sculptural aspect of my work allows the viewer to have different perspectives while walking around the work and creates a more personal experience.

Jaime Lee, Graphic Design

Jaime Lee
Jaime Lee

I found that my love for organization and desire to keep things color coordinated would actually help me find a career and a newfound passion. I love taking quotes and any silly thing I hear from my friends and turning them into pseudo-companies and designs for t-shirts and hopefully for a clothing brand I hope to launch.

Jocelyn Hernandez, Graphic & Motion Design

My areas of expertise are graphic and motion design. The personal and professional work I do consists of print/digital material, poster design, and animations.

Julie Pavlacka, Concert & Portrait Photography

I attended a ton of concerts when I was growing up. I’ve made life-long friends all over the country because of concerts and bands. I bought my first camera in 2010 and I couldn’t wait to start documenting these fantastic events that I had been attending almost every weekend since I was 12.

Photographing the connection between musicians and their fans has become one of my favorite things. I love the energy that performers, and crowds, create — It’s very unique; I have yet to experience similar energy anywhere else.

Kathy Nolasco, Marketing/Graphic Design

As a Graphic Designer, I work with typography, color, and shape. These are the primal tools I use to bring an idea to life. I help clients communicate with their audience by focusing on storytelling. Compelling storytelling is compelling design is effective marketing.

Loren Kane, Observational Painter

I am a figurative-abstract oil painter. I try to understand life in this world through colorful, large-scale pieces. My work focuses on struggle. My own personal struggles. Our larger, cultural struggles. I’m a bit of an anthropologist and like to work on-site with others, drawing from their process and experiences.

For me, a painting is a journal. I document events and emotions and try to work through them on the canvas. I often write text on my canvas. Usually painting over it. Yet the unseen text has a powerful influence on my creative process. What you don’t see is boldly present in what you do see. Perhaps one day after I’m gone conservators at The Getty Conservation Institute will x-ray my paintings and reveal the text beneath the text.

Rob Rochford, Illustration, Animation, Graphic Design

My work is based in a broad mix of illustration styles. One of my favorite things about illustration is how it interacts with the world. As kids illustrations are our first form of interaction with art and we use these illustrations to learn about our world. As children, illustrations are in the books read to us and the shows we watch. We learn from them and we grow as people with them. As we get older, many things change but illustration remains a constant in our world. We see illustrations in magazines, books, advertisements, and even the how-to instructions that come with furniture. Illustrations are an art form everyone interacts with. Many people cherish it. I am an illustrator to be a part of this process and to be a part of people’s lives.

Serene Rodriguez, Portrait Artist

As a portrait artist, my mission is to capture not only memories but growth as well. Growth in myself as a person, as an artist, and you! My process begins by trying to understand your life and experiences. By learning about your story you and I can select the best media to bring your portrait to life. From there I start with preliminary sketches. With your feedback, we’ll shape the portrait into a final work of art.

Sheila San Agustin, Brand Identity

photo of artist Sheila San Agustin presenting design concepts
Sheila San Agustin

Graphic Design brings forth a new challenge with each project. The process of being able to approach these challenges through the use of different mediums and perspectives is rewarding to me. This constantly evolving process includes research, exploration, and refinement. When creating work, I refer to these aspects to create designs that are not only visually pleasing but also empathetic to the client’s needs. With these in mind, I see design as an intersection of creativity and communication.

Shelby Ly, Graphic Design

Shelby Ly
Shelby Ly

I am a graphic designer and illustrator based in California. I studied graphic design at California State University of Long Beach, where I learned why visual communication is vital. I have experience doing logo design and vector art and I enjoy doing them.

Whether I’m watching tutorials, listening to artist lectures, doing challenges, visiting artist’s websites, reading articles, or documenting packaging design in public, I am always interested in how I can improve my craft. When I am designing, I create with the intention of transforming effective concepts into reality that is visually compelling.

Terren Brooks, Still Life Painting

When I was younger I always had a focus and desire to create art and express ideas that some would consider abstract or otherworldly. As I’ve progressed through life, I have gained the skills and techniques needed to bring an open mind and imagination to my artwork that allows me to create outside the box. Every creation, whether it’s in paint or sculpture, is attempted as a way to push my skills and knowledge to allow new and unexpected creations to emerge on canvas or 3-dimensional materials.

Toria Maldonado, Illustration/Community Art

I’m a multidisciplinary visual artist from and currently based in so called Long Beach, California on Tongva land. My pronouns are they/them. I make figurative portraits of myself and the people around me that depict my experiences in relation to vulnerability, intimacy, and connection. I also make digital illustrations that address contemporary issues surrounding ideas of self, identity, and community. I often employ different methods like collage, painting, printmaking, and photography to conceptualize ideas into physical and emotional explorations. The motivation behind my art-making is typically initiated by issues I fixate on to either engage, challenge, or to better understand. In my practice, I’ve learned to use many creative tools to cope with both personal and communal struggles.

Glenn Zucman, Instructor

Glenn Zucman
Glenn Zucman, photo by Tamara Williams

My favorite part of the CSULB School of Art (SOA) is visiting the SOA Art Gallery Courtyard each week. Every week 5 more student artists share their unique lives, experiences, and aesthetics with the campus community.

My one disappointment is that so many of these engaging artists don’t have websites. I’m fortunate this semester to be teaching the SOA’s first ePortfolios for Artists class. If the students have learned half as much as I have this semester, then they have learned a lot.

A portfolio is a never-ending part of an artist’s life journey. I feel privileged to have helped these students launch web portfolios. I am excited to see where the sinuous paths of their careers take them in the years and decades to come.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.