The New Site

When I started this blog, I always wanted to be able to flip through each version of a painting in place so that anyone can see precisely what had changed.  I had a good go at modifying the behind-the-scenes HTML that Blogger supports, but it was understandably limited.  So you get this document-like report that is not very interactive.  It was always on my mind that I would fix this, but this would take putting together my own website.  Could I be bothered?  It turns out: yes, but only because I was also getting heavily into WebGL.  Although WebGL has a 2D mode, the whole point is really the 3D stuff.  As I am the proud owner of an Oculus Quest, I have the perfect viewer for a 3D webpage, but there is nothing to stop WebGL from being shown in a standard browser.  So that's the background.

The first (and most obvious) goal would be to convert the pages in this blog into the 3D views.  The problem here is that I want to flip through images in a real-world realistic kind of way.  So I picked on the idea of projectors.  Here's how it looks at the moment:

This is what I call the history room.  It has two projector screens, one for the painting and the other for the description.  There is also a pedestal on the right for an overview.  The overview does not change so it's just a piece of paper.  In this lights-on mode no picture is selected.  However, the walls have all the paintings with history hung somewhere.  Each painting is a link back to the history room with the painting selected.  The lights go off and the projectors come on:

There's still plenty of work to be done: the projectors need legs, the pedestal lamp hovers in space, the projectors themselves are just boxes and worst of all the clicker on the table is just a mess.  However, the basics are in place.

Although the stated mission for this blog is to reveal the insides of the (i.e. my) painting process, I am not carrying this over into the website as was.  Having done so much to get the 3D up and running, I'm going to generalise a lot and add in anything that I think will look good.  Yes, I will keep the art aims alive, but I want to explore the 3D generation in its own right.  With that in mind, I need a separate a home (or landing) page.  I fancy following the modern fashion and using a light-themed page.  I decided on a room to give a self-contained starting point.  Then I thought of the attic room that I used to live in during my PhD and this is the result:

This is a much sanitised version of it and the bed has been removed along with all the junk.  However, it has a personal touch which makes sense to me.  Lots yet to do here, such as a new mission statement and navigation help.  Plus it needs an easel somewhere to hold my current work.

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