Drawing with Christopher: On or off the Computer

Christopher Stapleton and Cold White Fire Story

Cold White Fire was established in 2014 in the Greater Utah Valley. The Cold White Fire logo is our brand which represents an authentic and eternal light that radiates within.

We are graphics company creating products, services, and classes about light, joy, and positivity centered on the family.

I thought about the most important thing I wanted people to know about me, and that is I am honest in heart with a sincere desire to serve.

Video Games and Computers

I grew up on the computer and video games. When I was eleven years old my parents bought a computer with Windows 98 and quickly upgraded to Windows XP. We did most of our family productivity on this shared home computer.

Over time I purchase my first HP VGA monitor (the square box-like shape) the older 4:3 ratio computer screens which are now mostly obsolete in most public locations.

I was able to learn a lot about Windows and because of certain abilities I have I developed patterns to help me for my situation regarding making screen size bigger, copy and pasting items from one location to another, managing files, working with DOS (disk operating system) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS Windows XP provided as a command line way of interfacing with the computer, as well as scripting in mIRC (internet relay chat) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIRC and learning a lot of ways to communicate and network with others in the early days of the internet. It was a lot of learning and fun.

“I could pretty much navigate myself through the computer and know how to use software even before I used it. It was natural and easy to do. I got to be known in our family, “Chris probably knows how to do it.””

In my parent’s home, video games were used as a way to solve complex problems, have fun, and resolve disputes. I remember playing games like Contra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_(video_game) on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Mario Bros. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros. and many other games on the Nintendo and other platforms like Nintelevision, Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Cube, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega Gamegear, Sony Playstation 1, 2, 3 and a host of others back in the 80’s that helped my brothers, sister and I resolve our disputes in person by using video games to see who could beat the other person without physical contact.

Computers and Gaming at the Art Institute of Seattle

I had just graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation and Game Design; which due to struggling with life difficulty and afraid to even leave the house let alone try to apply for a job was just too overwhelming. I felt the weight of student loans over my head, and anyone knows who has attended a private institution that student loans are a heavy weight to carry, especially struggling day-to-day trying to challenge myself to use my basic skills, and move forward in my life despite my challenges was really hard.

I was able to learn a lot about computers and how they related to traditional and digital media especially in media arts and animation, and game art and design. We used Windows XP in 2003 to 2009 and later used Windows 7 in 2009-2010 used for creating projects, working with different high-end advanced software like Zbrush and the Adobe Creative Suite, and importing paper animations into the computer to transfer that data to video cassette tapes which are mostly obsolete now.

I did a lot of pro-bono work and freelance work for very little pay and established an income based off of the government and small assistance. I learned to budget my time and use the assistance to strive to improve.

I purchased a 17 inch MacBook Pro and iPod Video 1 generation while attending school to help me with my studies right before graduation. Learning how to switch my thinking from Windows in a left brain environment to the Mac in a mostly right brain environment. It was very cool to be able to know both operating systems and have grown to know other operating systems on mobile devices.

I have a lot of experience on the computer, with mobile devices, and having a sincere heart—trying to put my best foot forward and take one day at a time I wanted to help others in a way that would help them become more self reliant and confident in their ability on the computer. I was able to develop a portfolio over the years and build two businesses Cold White Fire Studio and Creative Engraving.

I understand what it’s like to struggle, and having to use a computer whether Windows or Macintosh has been a lot of fun for me but not everyone goes to school for computers, digital media, animation, and gaming. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without the computer, and the frustration of not being able to understand how to use them. It has been a natural thing for me to conceptualize and apply.

I volunteered as a computer class teacher at a clubhouse for those who face terrible situations with mental illness. We did interpersonal group and one-to-one tutoring while I was attending the Art Institute of Seattle. I am happy to say those days were very satisfying to help another understand something they had never understood before, such as how a computer works internally and externally. One individual asked me, “Are you from Microsoft?” I responded, “No, I’m just a regular person like you.” From that response, it helped me understand that I could accomplish things in life despite my limitations—even those challenging ones. Further Education in Technology

I attended Utah Valley University Fall 2017 semester to learn more about Architectural Woodworking & Cabinetry and Engineering Design Technology. I attended Mountainland Technical College in Orem, Utah to apply my woodworking and digital media skills to Precision Machinery and Manufacturing.

I would like to help someone out there who hasn’t had the experience I have had, but is struggling on the computer and mobile devices. I want to help that individual feel confident in their ability to use the computer and understand how it works.

I also want to help people understand that they already are an awesome artist! Cold White Fire Studio “Treasure Life Memories Through Art” helps to inspire individuals to see the creative master they have inside of themselves through drawing and creating things by hand then using the computer as a tool to amplify those skills. It just takes learning how to see, and being creative.

Those skills can be laser engraved on a surface and can be taught via our free computer classes on our online library and at the Ephraim Public Library in Sanpete County, Utah starting February 7, 2020.

For this cause, I asked Ephraim Public Library if I could teach a free computer class to help individuals in these circumstances enjoy a happier life doing the things they want to accomplish on their own device.

Christopher Stapleton will be presenting various free live streaming classes on Facebook regarding basic art supplies, usage, and collaborating with the public. “Each individual has limitless creative potential that can be unlocked via their right and left creative brains. We can help you get passed drawing just stick figures.”

I have wanted to become a better artist all my life. I thought while I am trying to become a better artist, why not teach others what I know to help them in their journeys.

Very Respectfully,

Christopher Stapleton


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