Check out the interactive fairy!
Right: the Interactive Fairy! 18 February 2002: version 2: Now you can dress the fairy! - and there are more enhancements to the arm movements and leg movements. There is a magic spot on one of the toadstools that you click on to get the fairy's other clothes. You move the fairy's clothes around by click and drag, and you put away clothes that are not needed by clicking on the little circle just below the neck line. If you don't put stuff away it will fly around with the fairy, so please be tidy.
I intend to add more features to this fairy as I feel inspired and can figure out how to do them. The dress the fairy feature is inspired by those cardboard cutout dolls which you used to get. They had cardboard clothing that you could dress them up with (using little paper tabs). For some reason these always held a certain fascination when I was a small boy (don't get me wrong here: I had Meccano too). It is amazing how one can suspend disbelief about something so obviously unreal. I shall make some more clothes later (tights might be difficult). Also I shall try to make her movements more balletic. Maybe there is a way of connecting movements together in a sequence? We'll see what I get time for.
Should I be spending time on this obviously trivial project? Well, first of all no animals or humans suffered in the making of this movie, and it does not contribute to intolerance, global warming, or the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction as far as I know (although the purchase of a computer might be suspect). Also the fairies say it's fine by them, as long as I don't show too much nudity. (They are normally naked but they don't like to be watched.) But in the context of the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything, I don't know.
Instructions: moving the cursor over the fairy causes her to fly, and some of her limbs move when you click on them. You can get her to sit on one of the mushrooms. Ok, so it's not great art, but it's still better than a pickled shark.
Left: the Young Ballerina A simple animated demonstration of the construction of a painting of a girl ballerina from an old photograph.
Right: my first Flash movie: Dance! For geometry fans, it shows a hinged tesselation, but regular folks will enjoy the fact that I have painted cherubs on the moving shapes. So prepare to be educated and entertained: click on the cherub to see it (56K). (You will be prompted to download the latest free Flash plugin if you haven't got it.) This movie was accepted for showing on the website of the BBC. To see if my movie is still there, and view the work of other computer animation artists, go to www.bbc.co.uk and find the art zone. (The version here is bigger. Still, fame at last!).
In a sombre mood... a lament for the 20th Century (76K but quick loading). Click on the image.
...and to cheer you up after that: a movie based on a felt tip pen drawing done by a six year old on a paper plate. Modern art? A six year old has done it! Click on the image for the movie (44K, quick loading).
Iphis was a girl brought up as a boy; she fell in love with another girl. Who are we? Who decides with whom we fall in love? I have put this movie on another page since it is not suitable for young children, because it shows the transformation by a goddess of a girl into a boy, which could be confusing if you are at an age when you might believe such things possible. The questions the story raises are relevant to adults and adolescents, and the movie is intended to provoke thought. Click on the picture to go to a gateway page for the movie.