April 11, 2021
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 8:22 pm Putting the Color Back In Comics, Part One: A Pictorial Evolution of Comics Diversity
  • 7:09 pm It Takes A Community to Engage With the Earth: Earth Day and Weeklong Community Engagement Symposium Set for Next Week
  • 5:31 pm Exploring the (De) Construction of Blackness: Linguistic And Cultural Sharing
  • 12:16 pm HALL OF KICKS 5 – The Historic Chuck Taylor’s

A 3D avatar model made through Blender, the design was a process of using both 2D imaging and 3D modeling. Photo by Desiree Lee.

By Desiree Lee, Staff Reporter

Everywhere we turn these days, stories about COVID-19 are unavoidable. Between the number of cases spiking and dropping, to the distribution of the vaccine, and the fact that it will be a year since the United States went into their first lockdown. Like many others stuck inside, I used this time to be proactive and decided to pick up a new skill. Instead of learning how to bake bread or take up gardening, I dove into the world of gaming and Twitch streaming and taught myself how to build a brand around it. 

Before COVID-19, life felt average. I went to school and work, and then hammered away on my brand in my downtime. I would often compare my brand to others and found myself emulating their same steps. Watching YouTube videos on how to grow my channel, however, always ended the same way. It felt like my brand was just another copy among the sea of other gamers who seemed to be using the same how-to videos. 

Then one day I found my siblings’ digital drawing tablet. I couldn’t stop watching videos on how to create digital art, and eventually I learned how to create logos as well as my very own virtual reality (VR) avatar from scratch. I never thought that I would be able to understand or create digital art on my own because I had never done something like this before. 

Two different groups inspired me to dive into this creative spiral. The first was the music group TWRP, often known for doing ‘80s style synthwave music, after I came across their music video for “Starlight Brigade.” The design of the music video was reminiscent of 1980s anime style, which inspired me to create my brand using retrowave colors and lettering. I love the way the neon colors pop and it is a design style that has stood the test of time. 

Another musical group was Mystery Skulls, who are known for developing an animated video every three years, following the story of a group of friends similar to the Scooby-Doo gang. These two artists made me think of a new way to brand myself because they were so different and unique. 

When I look at my Twitch channel, I felt like it looked like everyone else’s. My favorite streamer at the time was MermaidSkillz, but I didn’t want to copy her or other streamers. I wanted my brand to be original, thus I decided to change my whole Twitch channel.  

A VR YouTuber named Kizuna Ai had been flooding the streaming niche for a few years before the scene had even exploded. I used to watch her videos and found them so interesting, not just because she was funny and would play obscure games, but the fact that she was streaming with an avatar instead of showing her face. I had never shown my face while streaming, which I felt was why my brand wasn’t growing. When watching a stream, viewers are more likely to come for the streamer than for the game itself. 

After some research, I found a way to make my own avatar so I could put a face to the voice in my brand. The journey was long and challenging and it didn’t happen overnight. I spent tireless hours working on my avatar and obsessing over every detail. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Eventually, I decided to scrap my entire brand and start from the bottom up with a whole new look and feel.   

The lockdowns afforded me not only the ability to dedicate my time to recreating my brand, but the motivation to see it through. Expanding from digital art to learning how to set up a stream on Twitch, managing my social media, and how to create new content, I pushed myself far beyond what I ever thought I could accomplish.

I learned programs such as Clip Studio Art, and Blender which is a 3D creator suite. I learned how to utilize Twitch and Open Broadcast System (OBS) to enhance streaming and researched how to make audio and video crisp and clear. Learning these more advanced programs was frustrating and difficult at first, but over time it started getting easier. 

When designing the VR avatar, I would make a design, scrap it, then go back to designing again. Modeling the proportions from a 2D sketch into 3D was a long and grueling process; it took me nearly a week to complete the avatar. After I felt comfortable with these programs, I then moved on to learning about social media algorithms and how to best utilize them for my Twitch stream. 

To learn all this was no picnic. I had to watch countless videos on YouTube to understand the basics, but eventually, I found myself not having to refer to videos and figure things out for myself. 

Not only was this an educational experience, but a rather fun and life-changing reflection upon myself. I used to look down on myself because I never felt that I could do something that would add value to my life. I never felt like I had the drive to be better just because I believed that I was not smart enough, or that it was not possible for me. I thought that learning something completely new would simply be too hard. But thanks to the lockdowns, something in me changed. Instead of simply dreaming of what my brand could be, I aimed for the sky and found myself among the stars. Today, the brand has gained traction, growing bigger and bigger everyday. It all started from thinking “I cannot do this,” to now wondering “what’s next?”

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