I deicide to update or rather modify my Zoapz.com website. The original version was made in flash and has now been replaced with this wordpress site. The main reason for this modification is the fact that Iphones and Ipads block flash sites. This is rather a pity because I quite liked parts of the old flash site. But here we go – thanks to Steve Jobs we are forced to make changes. We all know the story. Anyhow change is a good thing.
I decided to update or rather modify my Zoapz.com website. The original version was made in flash and has now been replaced with this wordpress site. The main reason for this modification is the fact that Iphones and Ipads block flash sites. This is rather a pity because I quite liked parts of the old flash site. But here we go – thanks to Steve Jobs we are forced to make changes. We all know the story. Anyhow change is a good thing.
The purpose of this site is to give a general impression of who I am and the kind of work I do and also for me to be able to post information here. There is the possibility that in some parts of this site you may find that I slip into talking about myself in the third person. If so please accept my apologies in advance. I probably did it to make things easier, either for myself or for the reader.
How come the silly name Zoapz? Originally the name was intended to be ”Soaps” but it was not available as a .com address. I chose to replace the S’s with Z’s and register that. It was not a smart idea. Just about no-one grasped the association. The ‘zoapz’ project lasted for close to 2 years. The aim of the project was to produce a web site/portal similar to ‘youtube’ but then, in place of hundreds of thousands of short personal videos it was intended to host a number of series of short videos. Rather like television soaps, but then these were much shorter and specifically designed for the web. The series were intended to be short soaps of just a few minutes per video. It was intended that people would view the zoapz on a daily basis to follow the stories. Its easier to imagine them best as a kind of video cartoon – that is viewed each day as cartoons are viewed in newspapers. Anyhow thus the unfortunate name was born. There is a tab explaining more about the zoapz project.
Artist and Programmer
I am both and Artist and Programmer. To some this might seem an unusual combination. But actually programming itself is a creative process. There are many ways to write a program, some are more beautiful than others. With both programming and painting I can be pleased and surprised with the work I have done. In the past there have been times that I have been impressed with someone else’s programming code and methods only later to discover that I am that someone else. The same has happened with painting. I have cast aside a piece of artwork only to discover it much later and be impressed with my own talent – as if someone else had slipped inside and done it for me.
I enjoy being creative and in some funny way I think that it thrills me. To the artist, it is all about letting go, taking risks, trying something new and making mistakes. It is most defiantly not about playing safe and being a draftsman that uses the techniques he already knows produce something that will impress others. It is however not all that easy to let go.
You will see that there are several pages on this site that cover my work as a programmer and as an artist along with the history or links to specific projects .
A small collection of some of Petes artwork.