Generative line drawings • 2022
A series of generative line drawings based on noise functions, evolved in computer then plotted on fine art paper.
A series of generative drawings based on various kinds of stationary noise algorithms, such as Perlin noise and Curl noise. I designed the software in Processing (shown above), which allows freeform exploration of the parameter space. Selected drawings are then plotted in permenant ink onto fine art paper. Drawings are available in A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) or A3 (29.7cm x 41cm) formats on smooth (220gsm) or find grain (200gsm) fine art papers.
Each image is created using the software by searching the parameter space for suitable drawings. Once found, they are then plotted onto paper. The mechanical plotting process introduces subtle artifacts and material conditions not found in the digital versions.
Each drawing can be represeted using 17 floating-point numbers. These numbers can act as a digital "genome", allowing the use of evolutionary techniques to search for the most interesting phenotypes (drawings). We used a Quality-Diversity algorithm to evolve a diverse set of aesthetically interesting forms.
Searching this large parameter space can be difficult, but using the Quality-Diversity search and then fine-tuning by hand was a frutiful approach.