Art is a reflection of life, in which art can imitate life, but is not life. It can have time based elements, or can be still. It can look like something seen in life or it can be completely unrecognisable. Everything that is created, is first inspired by the world we know. I wanted to create my art from an everyday event we observe in life, a human walking. Then i wanted to give the user control on how this figure walks.
In this piece I wanted to incorporate controlled time based elements within a webpage. I wanted to do this through animation. I ended up creating two different walk cycles that one could control by scrolling with a mouse or touchpad. I did this by creating a variable that could tell which image should come after the previous image. I use one variable that tracks the amount one has scrolled, this variable dictates the movement of the character from the left to right. There is one more variable that adds one to the existing value whenever the page is scrolled, and then goes back to zero when a certain number is reached, either fifteen or thirty. This controls which frame of the walk cycle is shown. Depending on how you scroll or the speed of your scrolling, the walk cycle changes. In the end I made two differently styled walk cycles to suit mouse or trackpad scrolling. The red figure moves more fluidly with a trackpad, while the blue figure moves better while scrolling with the mouse. They both use the same number of frames to move, but the blue one is exaggerated greatly, making his movement much faster than the red figure. This difference was made purposely because the red figure has more fluid animation, but moves lest too fast when a mouse wheel is used to scroll, where the blue figure flails around at an extreme almost comedic rate when scrolling, but can be read as movement when scrolling with a mouse. I am trying to communicate that art can imitate life, but it will never be alive. It is just a illusion, a collection of still pixels, trying to mimic things that already exist and live. Humans put meaning behind something that is, for this project, just pixels on a screen, or a canvas with acrylic paint placed and dried on it. With my piece, yes it is imitating a moving human, and it can move, but only with the help of something that is already alive. On it’s own it is simply pixels, barely resembling a human.
In this piece I created a piece of web art that falls under my description of what art is. An imitation of life, movement, and time. A piece that resembles a walking human, but is truly a stack of still images controlled by the user. Something that resembles a common experience throughout life but in the end is just an artistic rendition of space, time, form, and life experience.