Camel with a hat in the desert

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As long as I can remember I have always liked computers. it provided me wonderful opportunities such as making art and gain more knowledge about the world. Nevertheless, I never learnt how to code. Coding always seemed frightening and boring, like math. I worked with programmers for the last decade and was always amazed by the things they could do, but somehow I have never learned how to do it by myself. Things change obviously, you grow up and you start to see the beauty of things, and here I am.

As I stand at this starting point, I decided to learn everything from scratch, as a child. But wait, I already experienced my childhood, so why not learning from the past? I decided that my first proper coding experience should correspond with my first experiences as a child. I called my parents and asked them to find my first drawing. They did not find it but I settled for the oldest one they found. It is called “Camel with a hat in the desert” and here it is, the original version from 1993 vs. the new version, 2016. I still think the original one looks better, but the new version has its pluses.

"Camel with a hat in the desert", the original version.
“Camel with a hat in the desert”, the original version.
"Camel with a hat in the desert", new version.
“Camel with a hat in the desert”, new version.

While sending my parents to the garage to locate the old drawings, I wished for the opportunity to go and look for it myself. I then realized what I would like to make during my first semester at ITP. I am looking for ways to code myself back to my parents house, I would love to be able to live my life here but to go back home once in a while without having to flight for 10 hours. In other words, I am interested in forming a new kind of immersive experience which will allow me to feel, if only for a few minutes, what is it like to be back with my family in the house where I grew up.

About the coding experience

I have to admit, this was a pretty Sisyphean task and at some point I decided to focus on the main elements and leave all the rest. Nevertheless, the overall process was quite easy and mainly satisfying. My only repeating problem was creating the arcs which I changed dozens of times until it looked as close as I could to the original drawing. I kept thinking about the fact that I am using the web editor and that I could not have done all that without the ability to see the changes in real time. I wonder though if that is a good thing or not, as the process was so interactive I became lazy at some point and moved items from side to side like I was using photoshop but with numbers. Anyway, I coded my first drawing. Literally.

 

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