Narrative In Art

A Cluster of Interesting Thinking


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What you have stumbled upon is a cluster of interesting thinking. 15 people who happen to be collectively thinking about the same thing: in this case, the role of narrative in art. Each member of this community has chosen a contemporary artist and decided to explore their work in depth. Each week, three meditations on narrative are published as a blog.

The internet is full of collective thinking: from the pooled knowledge that goes into an often unreliable, yet deeply handy, Wikipedia, to the somewhat more chaotic and frightening Yahoo Answers. This website is an attempt at a different kind of collective thinking: a more personalized, intimate kind of rumination, where ideas can intermingle, coexist, crossover and ignite.

Below are our authors:

Michael Aranda is a student of animation attending Laguna College of Art and Design.  Michael’s influenced by artist like Chris Appelhans, and Scott Robertson, sequential artist like Chris Bachalo, and Humberto Ramos, animators like Henry Selick, and Glen Keane, and filmmakers like Darren Aronofsky, and Martin Scorsese.  Michael has been the good student and the bad student.  He has been in and out of college.  Michael is an admirer of tattoos and has several.  But what is never noticed about Michael is the blue spot within his left inner eye.

Nicole Chang is currently studying Game Art at Laguna College of Art and Design.  She will be 19 years old in March (2011).  She is Chinese, small and not that good at math.  Her ultimate goal career wise is to be a concept artist for very promising games.  Some of her favourite games are The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Ragnarok, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Tetris.  She is (almost) obsessed with squids, octopus, cuttlefish and Pokemon.  The love of her life (besides her significant other) is her dog, Abby.  Her blog is currently under construction, but some of her work is posted on

Gilbert Garay is a drawer, painter, and truth teller. He was born on December 4th 1985 in Covina, California. He is the youngest of three children .He is currently an animation major at Laguna College of Art and Design. His favorite artists are Diego Rivera and Grotesk. His favorite music is Hip-Hop and his favorite musical artists are The Roots, MF DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan, and A Tribe Called Quest. He realizes that 1993 was the golden age of rap and wonders why music is so bad these days. His first love is art and he originally wanted to be a cartoonist before he realized he wanted to animation.

Nozomi Itoh a.k.a. Hope is a beginning animator and is currently studying at the Laguna College of Art & Design. She lives with her family including her 2 dogs, which are nick named Old man and Yoda. You can see some of her works at: She loves music and often has her earphones on. From a young age she was surrounded by two cultures, and was heavily influenced by Japanese animation, but recently is taking a liking in the American animation as well, for example, Young Justice. In the future she would like to stay in America and work on animation companies like Cartoon Network.

Chelsea Kehrli is a graphic design major who is currently studying at the Laguna College of Art and Design. She recently moved from upstate New York to continue her schooling. Chelsea’s favorite type of art is graffiti and her favorite graffiti artist is Banksy. Chelsea’s ultimate dream job would be to work for Nike, designing sneakers.

Ann Le is an animation major at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Her hobbies include playing video games, drawing, and singing. She greatly admires Japanese artist Akihiko Yoshida. You can visit her blog at:

Erik Ly has been alive since 1992. He currently lives in Laguna Beach but his hometown is back in L.A. He draws and writes pretty bad poetry in his free time.
You can learn more about him over at

Salman Mohtadi is an animator, currently studying at Laguna College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Paraguay, he furthered his art studies in Canada in 2009. Inspired by Disney and Pixar animations, he moved to the United States to pursue a career as an animator. He is particularly interested in story telling through illustrations, and to portray aspects of other cultures and traditions. After graduating from high school at Pan American International School in Paraguay, Salman has lived and visited many countries, like Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Canada, and the United States. Learning from other cultures and places, he believes, was a wonderful experience that will help him in his animation and storytelling career. He aspires to work at Pixar animation studio, but would also like to share his artistic knowledge in undeveloped countries.

Honda Rivera is an animation major studying at Laguna College of Art and Design. She wants to be a director of animated films, a storyboarder, character designer, environmental designer, and gallery artist. She takes multiple walks every day as a method of thinking and not thinking about things. Her role models include Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki, Tete, and Moebius. You can see her art at

Jaime Stagg is an Illustration Major currently studying at Laguna College of Art and Design. Her interests include, costume design, special effects make up, and video games. Some people who are most influential to her are Takashi Murakami, Michael Westmore, and Camelia D’errico.


Written by narrativeinart

January 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

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