Here is a new animation in our series of animated illusion cartoons, Waiting for Shining Person. (As with our earlier cartoons, It may run jerkily on first run-through. It should be fine thereafter.)
Compression for Flash has slightly reduced the effect. If possible, view Waiting for Shining Person as a Quicktime Movie
These cartoons are meant to work just like a three- or four-frame cartoon in a newspaper – each one presents a situation that ends with a punch-line. The cast of characters are all illusion figures of different kinds, but each cartoon depends on a particular illusion effect.
So the cartoons are a new art form – but I’m not sure they’re entirely successful.
The main illusion to watch out for in the movie is the glare effect, which radiates from the face of the mysterious Shining Person:
Woops, slight technical glitch with the original post of this, just before Christmas. So this is a re-posting of the third of our animated illusion cartoons, Chicken and Leaf. It may still run jerkily on first run through, should be OK second time around.
These cartoons are meant to work just like movie versions of a three- or four-frame cartoon in a newspaper – each one presents a situation that ends with a punch-line. The cast of characters are all illusion figures of different kinds, but each cartoon depends on a particular illusion effect.
The main illusion effects to watch out for in this movie are tessellations, and especially the final transformation, which transforms across the image at the same time as it transforms locally:
I’m fascinated by the effect that the movie ends with – a tessellation that transforms in space and in time. Tessellation (or tiling) wizard M.C.Escher was brilliant at these transforming patterns, as in his Metamorphosis prints, but of course couldn’t do animations. I’m sure he’d have done the animations if he could, but without a computer they’d have taken years. In my animation there are two sequences of transformations, first where the pattern morphs in sync all over the screen – a number of people have done those – and then the one that morphs across the image as well as in time. I’m not aware anyone else has done one of those. Please let me know if so, I’d love to see it – and otherwise, I hope if you’re an animator you’ll be provoked into doing a better one than mine.