Hello Learn Squared Community,
My name is Christopher Stapleton. I'm from Springville, Utah. I am matte painter currently studying Intro to Matte Painting with Maxx Burman. I attended the Art Institute of Seattle from 2003-2010 and graduated in Game Art & Design and Animation. Because of health challenges I was not able to work full time for about 10 years, but I have changed my life around, and am no longer having to deal with those challenges. I'm currently taking care of my grandmother full time and have been for about 3 years now.
My experience working with digital painting and matte painting has been kind of on the back burner for a while. I have come to a point now in that struggle that I can focus on matte painting without having to worry about difficult health challenges. With that said, although I did some freelance work and was able to get some experience from Gnomon Workshop, Digital Tutors, and Lynda.com I feel like I now am able to focus on my artwork and try to get my foot in the door with everything that I have learned up to this point.
Its been frustrating as a digital artist as I am mostly self taught (even while attending the Art Institute) as they didn't really teach us to paint in Photoshop, we kind of just had to pick it up and figure things out ourselves, especially doing texture work for 3D modeling. I do enjoy texturing and I enjoy digital painting in Photoshop, and I want to make a strong effort to challenge myself as a matte painter.
I did freelance work on and off for about 11 years doing various work on my blog http://chris-stapleton.blogspot.com/ and I had my own business doing freelance branding and genealogy restoration for https://coldwhitefire.com/, of which we are going to move into a totally different direction helping educate seniors and people with disabilities learn the computer (both on Windows and Mac), their mobile devices, cell phones, and expressing themselves through various digital and traditional media.
With the said, I joined Learn Squared, having learned about it through Robotpencil from Anthony Jones and one of his buddies just today. I'm tired of spending so much money for school and not getting any specific direction on what I want to accomplish. I felt like it was a waste of time even though I'm glad i do have a bachelors degree. I joined Robotpencil's lifetime private club and I joined this lifetime community to get myself around like minded people and focus my time around individuals who are working in the film and game industries, but more importantly so I can get stoked about pushing myself towards having success as a matte painter. In the end, I am responsible for my success.
I enjoy working in Photoshop, Modo, SketchUp, Maya, Illustrator, Alchemy, Krita, ArtRage, Affinity Photo, Reason, and GarageBand. I beatbox, sing, and play the piano. I will be attending a semester of college for some training in architectural woodworking and design engineering technology. "With those powers combined" I plan on trying to take one day at a time, and doing the best I can with what I have been given.