With this task I set out to show (or do my best to show) qualia which is unique to me and different from all others.
The most obvious of which is the feeling of never having shoes on. Of what it really feels like to be truly connected to the earth and everything I walk on. It's easy for somebody to say they understand but I don't think anybody who doesn't live barefoot really does, and I try to explain it often, but my words seldom do justice to the feeling of knowing exactly where I am and how connected I am with my surroundings. I had an image in my head of what it feels like, but I didn't know how to get the idea out of my head, so I tried to do something I had never done before. Hey, I already jumped into the Deep End
once, why not give it another shot? I mean I didn't drown, did I?
I had a very specific idea in my head of what I wanted to show you to express my feelings and sensations. And the only way I could think to do that was in animation. Now I have never done animation before, but I understood the concept, so I figured I'd give it a shot, so I made an animated cartoon of what it feels like to me and to be barefoot all of the time. I know it's not perfect, but it was my first time, so give me a little slack while working with this new medium.
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I had never made a .gif or animated anything, or drawn any sequential art (other than comic books) in my life before this task compelled me to. And this is the very first gif I ever made. This was the test to see if I could get a gif to work. It took me six hours to figure out how to export this into a workable format that would then play here on SFØ. A lot of my knowledge was leeched out of anna one's head months ago when we were sitting in a room together and she talked about how to make a gif, I remember a lot of what she said that day, but since she didn't know she was giving a tutorial (and I didn't know I was listening to one) I missed or forgot about as much as I remembered. But after a lot of trial and error, I feel I have reached a personal level of success.