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Well it took the military to get my transcript from Brooks School of Art. And the semester the saw fit to screw up my paper work and hire people in financial aid that had no idea what they were doing is the semester I was on the deans list with perfect grades. Wasn't I the type of student that you want in your school. Wouldn't i bring up your collective GPA? What they heck. Well all is good now Brooks College is falling apart and resting in piece's. In their own words from their web site: Effective June 28, 2007, Brooks College is no longer accepting new student applications.
If you are interested in learning more about schools that could help you achieve your
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RIP Brooks School of Art



Photoshop I: A
Graphic Design II: A
Drawing Principles II: A
English Communications I: A
History of Art: A
  • Listening to: Rush Limbaugh (Streaming)
  • Eating: MnM's

Anime, Template for Mediocre

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 26, 2007, 2:07 PM
Greetings all,

Is it me or are Anime characters interchangeable within shows? I see the same over expression, no comma fast paced dialogue, simple nosed, overly bulbous eyes, mouths that cover the whole face when screaming characters in every show. It's as is the Japanese are more concerned with getting their franchise underway, thank they are having an original look. And this isn't a recent trend, although anime as exploded within the last 10 years. i blame Pokemon for that. At least Thundercats and Silverhawks were cleverly disguised anime in the 80's. I thought Voltron was just a look, but comes to seem that Voltron was just the priming of the well for a generic cartoon cookie cutter machine called Anime. At this has given mediocre artist of Deviant art a template of faces, eyes, noses, and body types to pick from to express their equally mediocre talent. I'm not saying Anime artist can't draw. I'm saying those you can't draw run to Anime.

What do you think?

If you want to see how not all Japanese artist have to be Anime see:
:icontoshinho:
Toshinho





AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)
JPG (300dpi): www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (220 kb)




Vector Revival

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 24, 2007, 11:53 PM
Greetings all,

I've been enjoying more time with the mouse and source pictures, not the pencil. It's fun to continually add to a piece over four or five episodes of Battlestar Galactica via demonoid.com. The first real piece I did this way was Rice Rocketeer: www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…. I start with the head and then piece by piece work my way down. Never really intending to go past the current part, but always going further.

Here's a few other examples:
Saum Yu Rai: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
Bill the Butcher: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
Robocop: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5…
Superman: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5…
Lucha libre El - Bo: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…

The piece almost never turns out the way i had intended.





AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)
JPG (300dpi): www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (220 kb)




  • Listening to: Crazy - Seal
  • Watching: Battlestar Galatica
  • Playing: C&C Generals
  • Eating: Mashed Potatoes
  • Drinking: Water

Free Art!

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 9, 2007, 9:53 AM
I've posted another free artwork download. Enjoy...





AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)
JPG (300dpi): www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (220 kb)




  • Listening to: Crazy - Seal
  • Watching: Rome & Prison Break
  • Playing: Call of Duty 2
  • Eating: Triple Decker PB-n-J
  • Drinking: Milk

Computer and Army!!!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 21, 2007, 10:53 PM
Greetings all,

Well I got my new computer up and up to date with all the installs I need, almost. It's an Athlon 2.20GZ with 2 gigs of ram with a 256MB ATI Raedon and 250 gigs of hard rive space. It's nice I like!


Second of all is the BIG announcement. I joined the US Army for Four years. I was sworn in on Wednesday. I'm penciled in to be Airborne Infantry Ranger. I will do my Basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia. I'm really excited. I will do about thirteen weeks of basic and then two weeks of airborne. I'm not sure about the Ranger training yet. I leave April 17th. So I'll be trying to post allot of artwork before I leave. After basic I'm allowed to ship some of my crap over to my station. My computer will be one of those things. I'll post more info as it comes in.

I'm going through the Deviations on my watch list so i might be late on some of my reviews, I apologize for that right now.

P.S.
I've posted allot of music on my personal website, so if you're ever away from you iPod and like my taste in music: Music.Croswhite.com

I just created the subdomain a few minutes ago, so give it some time.





Here's a bigger picture of the piece: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)







  • Listening to: 30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill
  • Watching: Gladiator
  • Playing: Generals - Zero Hour
  • Eating: Denny's

Computer Died, or, er Dying

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 18, 2006, 6:12 PM
Greetings all,

Well aint it just like that. As soon as I get my computer they way I like it, it dies. It wont even boot now. I'm posting this from another computer. And just in time for school. I doubt I'll be posting any art soon just for that reason. It's not completely dead, but COME ON!

On another note. My girlfriend as a devaint page now. Be sure to check that out:
NanaBeast: nanabeast.deviantart.com/





Here's a bigger picture of the piece: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)







Outlines, Gradients, and Galleries

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 29, 2006, 2:21 PM
Greetings all,

Ever since I've done vector art, which would be the mid nineties or say CorelDraw 5, I've always been against using two things; outlines and gradients. I've always seen them as shortcuts for people who don't want to put in the time it takes to do a good piece. But lately my view has changed. One piece I saw only last week changed some of my opinion on outlines. A piece done by Devaint artist:
:iconelgrizzly: elgrizzly entitled Captain Canada www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… has a light outline around the entire character. I line that in some parts is not visible until full view. But the outline is detrimental in major parts. Like the leg and boots area. This made me rethink in some part my outlook on outlines. As far as gradients go, after toying with them in my last few pieces I've really begun to enjoy them. I'm still new at it, but at least it's begun.

On another note, I've created a photo gallery site on my web page. It's entitled the Photo Dump. For the basic reason that I'm not really sorting or editing the pictures. You'll see the good, the bad, and the fuzzy. The link is at the bottom of this journal, and we'll be there for the est of my journals, unless I change my mind...





Here's a bigger picture of the piece: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)







  • Listening to: Rune Soundtrack - Ragnars Journey

Christmas/School Coming on Fast

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 21, 2006, 2:25 PM
     As January 8th fast approaches, I'm getting more excited with getting back into class and being around other artist. Though last time I met people who I'm convinced were art students because they thought they looked good in the art gear.

     Christmas is here, almost. I've been checking out the Pacific Sunwear stores near me. I was in talks to have a piece of mine used on some of their shirts. I lost my mind and made the mistake of mailing the rep an AI version of the art he wanted. I never heard from him again. So if you happen to be in a PacSun store and your in the male t-shirt section look around and see if you see this design or anything near to it: www.deviantart.com/deviation/3….

     And in the spirit of an early Christmas I'm giving away my "Cigs" artwork for download. Here's a picture of the piece: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4….

Here are the downloads (includes the original sketch):

AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)

If you happen to use it, let me check it out.





Here's a bigger picture of the piece: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
AI: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (4.03 megs)
CDR: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do… (745 kb)




  • Listening to: Annie Lennox - Why
  • Reading: CSS
  • Watching: Prison Break Ep. 12 via Torrent

100, 500, And 1994

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 13, 2006, 2:02 PM
Greetings all,

Reached some milestones with deviant art and istockphoto.com.

With Deviant Art I went past the 500 page views. I know for all you Devaint Vets that's no big deal. But it's something to take note of for me.



With iStockPhoto.com I had my first picture go past 100 downloads. My picture of Paul Revere at:
Heritage park in Cerritos Cailfornia maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en…

www.istockphoto.com/file_close…



I also dropped off my transcripts from High School to Brooks, glad that's over.
If I "Tagged" you go here --> doncroswhite.deviantart.com/jo… for the rules.






  • Listening to: Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok
  • Watching: Eddie Guerrero's Last Match on WWE.com
  • Drinking: Milk

Toshinho Tagged

Wed Nov 8, 2006, 11:12 PM


Tagged by :icontoshinho:

Rules: The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 Weird Habits/Things About Yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 Weird Habits/Things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "You are tagged" in their devPage comments and tell them to read yours...

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6 strange things about me:

1. Sleep walker Plus
--> I sleep walk talk and more. While I was working at Knott's Berry Farm I would wake up in the middle of the night and move things of my bedroom floor in fear that the ride would come through and hit my stuff...

2. Conversations Alone:
--> While driving in my car I'll talk to my self like I'm being interviewed on radio, never TV, it's always radio.

3. Finger Mimic
--> This is something some people have seen but have no idea what I'm doing. I mimic human movement with my fingers. Some people think I'm doing sign language. If I'm planning an animation, to help me grasp the movement I'll do it with my hands first.

4. Constant Refresh
--> When I'm bored and don't have a clear goal on my computer I've been found constantly right clicking and refreshing my screen, seeing how fast I can do it.

5. Numerical Shift
--> Numerous times, when I think a number in my text needs extra noticing, I'll hit shift in an attempted to capitalize it.

6. Inanimate Affection
--> This is something that I haven't quite kicked from my childhood. I still instill personality to inanimate objects. Like when I throw a keyboard away that I've had for a long time, I feel I have to make sure the keyboard knows it served me well, right before I throw it away. And that it's nothing personal...
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People I tagged!

:iconrebel-penguin:  :iconsheharzad-arshad:  :iconcoliekumar:  :iconblinky1pxp:  :iconmr-bot:

Thanks for reading,


Free Pencil Fundamantals PDF (11 megs): www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do…
  • Listening to: Faithfully - Journey
  • Watching: Kingdomof Heaven (2005)
  • Drinking: Coffee

Back 2 School

Sun Oct 29, 2006, 10:51 PM


I start back in art school January 8th. I had a 3.5 or higher GPA. I didn't get to see my grades since I was on administrative hold. The school (Brooks College) has had a staff overhaul and my experience was a complete 180 since the last time I was there. I look forward to getting back into school and earning my Associates. Like I say, "when your an artist your like a dog, your not worth anything without your paperwork."

I'll be sure to post my school work here and would love to here you guys rip it apart, in a creative way of course.

Thanks for reading,


Free Pencil Fundamantals PDF (11 megs): www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do…
  • Listening to: Smaointe - Enya
  • Reading: Financial aid papers
  • Watching: Lord of the Flies (1963)
  • Drinking: Coffee

Cubans, Croswhites, and Checks

Sun Oct 8, 2006, 1:19 AM


I've been bit by the Scarface bug. I bought the Tony Montana action figure, Platinum Edition DVD, and PC Game. I'm still having problems with DirectX but I'm sure I'll be ok.

Well I got my $100.00 check from iStockPhoto.com. I know the amount must seem like chump change. But it's nice to get paid again:



I sat on the phone with some guy in India for about an half of an hour trying to get my DNS changed. But I finally got, what should be my homepage for most of my life: Croswhite.com. I also purchased the roots of my name: crossthviet.com, crossthwaite.com, and crosthwait.com. All I have up right now are promises of a new site and a video I did of my nephews: www.croswhite.com

I'm also taking this chance to use my site. I'm giving out a PDF of Andrew Loomis's - "Fun With a Pencil"
It's allot of drawing fundamentals:



It's an 11 meg download. Enjoy: www.croswhite.com/croswhite/do…

Thanks for reading,
  • Listening to: Horns of Hell - Jerry Goldsmith
  • Watching: Scarface
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Milk

Purchases and Opinions

Tue Sep 26, 2006, 10:30 PM


I'm still waiting for my check from iStockPhoto.com.

I recently went to Best Buy and bought Blaskstar, Space Sentinals, GTA San Andreas, and the AMC cowboy flick Broken Trail. I can't not see a cowboy film with Robert Duvall in it.

I thought it would be interesting to hear from some artist that I was impressed with here at Deviant, and to get some advice from them.
I asked this question:

"What do you think are some of the fundamentals that a new artist would need to focus on, to become a solid talent."

Here are some answers:

:iconzorgia: Zorgia response,
For me a fundamental thing, for a new as for a profesional artist is to practice all the time. I know it's a common on going answer, but practice makes perfection.
On a more technical matter, i think some of the basic stuff is to learn about proportions, on every style, from catoon to "seious" type of art, you need to know how to handle many styles.
Another fundamental would be not to concentrate to draw pretty pictures (if you only want to be a cover artist/illustrator that's fine then), but to learn also how to tell a story with pictures. A good thing to do is to draw several stories with no diallogues or text. Practice doing only sequentials with pictures, it's a very good practice to improve your story telling and a good way to reduce texts in pages.
For the rest i think the main thing is to keep broad horizons, do just take one thing and inspire from it, always make it interesting for you.

:icontoshinho: Toshinho response,
I often do a scribble or sketching but try to draw something you're not good at. This is because I tend to fall into a trap of where I draw what I am comfortable with. I like drawing people (a human being) but also practice on drawing non living object as well.

If ones doesn't feel the improvement then I believe one's not really thinking of what he want's to improve. So finding something to improve is important and even if one is doing it for fun, try and think of what's to be accomplished. (eg anotomy, composition, life drawing, facial expression, environment. etc.) Lastly never quite drawing. <-- this is possibly my strongest belief. ;)

Thanks for reading,
  • Listening to: Metallica's Low Man's Lyrics
  • Reading: Still not sure on this book thing
  • Watching: Broken Trail
  • Playing: Rune
  • Eating: Frosted Wheat
  • Drinking: Milk

Milestone, Almost

Tue Sep 19, 2006, 10:03 PM


So I've been doing iStockphoto.com since August 2003. And all together I've made $119.80. But I've bought some photos. And yoou have to reach $100.00 for the site to cut you a check. My account reached $99.80 today. So if someone buys the minmum size of one of pictures or buys a piece or vector art I'm there. I so want to be able to say that I'm making money from my art again. As soon as I reach the peak I'll scan in the check and post it. Could be any minute.

NOTE: Also Michael from www.deviantart.com/deviation/3… has agreed to do some audio so i can complete "Story Time With Michael Hunt." Can't wait for this feature to be done.


UPDATE 09/20/06
I reached my goal with iStockPhoto.com. I requested a check, or as they call it a   cheque.

Here's the piece that sold that sent my account to $100.00. www.istockphoto.com/file_close…

Raster to Paper

Mon Sep 18, 2006, 11:02 PM


Most of my better old vector has been posted. I'm finding folders of my hand drawn stuff. I'll begin scanning it in and posting soon.

UPDATE:
I'm uploading scraps right now.

  • Listening to: The Search Is Over - Survivor
  • Reading: What's... ...book....?
  • Watching: None

Featured

Mon Sep 18, 2006, 1:03 AM


Just a quick cool note, my Artman 9 www.deviantart.com/deviation/3… was featured. It's nice to see other people enjoying my artwork:

:thumb26494986:
oibyrdsdds.deviantart.com/jour…
deviantART: OibyrdsDDs: Journal

  • Listening to: Bijou - Queen
  • Reading: What's... ...book....?
  • Watching: None

DSL Is OK?

Sun Sep 17, 2006, 11:02 AM


I'm a bit aprehensive. I thnk my DSL is back. I've gone two hours now without a problem. O fcourse they way things go the minute I post this it'll go down. I want to thank everyone whose commented on my artwork. Eva-Gina has been fun to comment to. I've found a bunch of old CD's with artwork and I'm going through them right now. Should be posting for the next few hours.

  • Listening to: The Darkest Star - Depeche Mode
  • Reading: What's... ...book....?
  • Watching: None
So my DSL is the worst right now. It's constantly up and down. And it's been going on for almost a week. The only thing worst than my connection is the tech support behind it. I'm seriously looking into paying a little more for cable. I've had cable, and never had this problem. To be fair my DSL was great up to this point, and I've had it for like a year now. Take a look at a conversation I had with my third tech support person:

www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=d…

I ended up calling again yesterday and giving the guy the riot act. I told him I'm not turning off my modem and not rebooting my PC. It's not me it's you I said. I replaced the LAN line. I checked the phone line. I reinstalled my network card. It's the modem, it keeps losing connection. Send someone or I'm changing providers.

So that's that. I would have had posted more artwork by now...
  • Listening to: Don't Dream It's Over - Crowed House
  • Reading: What's... ...book....?
  • Watching: None
I've been uploading alot of my old vector art. It's nice to see people still like it. I did alot of vector from 1995 to 2002. It's just been sitting on my hard drive and numerous CD's. Recently I bought a 250 gig external drive and have been going through my CD's and dumping on to the drive. I found alot of my old artwrok. It's been a nice walk down raster lane.