Procedural bit-pattern art
August 13, 2021 10:02 AM   Subscribe

Procedural bit-pattern art
Inspired by this post (and following through on this comment), I've written a Mastodon bot that creates procedural bitmap art. It works by first creating a simple function consisting of randomly chosen integer operations. This is applied to each pair of pixel coordinates and used to colour them. The bot then toots both the picture and the function. Source code for the renderer is here; the bot code will likely get released as well when I get around to it.
Role: programmer
posted by suetanvil (1 comment total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

This is brilliant! It reminds me of a super old Twitterbot I used to run: @auto_automata

I went through a period a few years ago when I thought about quitting programming. My day job was just a chore and I wasn't getting any joy out of it any more. Then I stumbled upon Processing which is a Java IDE for generating art, and I rediscovered all my lost passion. I went on a creative spree for a couple of years, making whatever nonsense crossed my mind. Procgen poems, faces, music, game levels. I loved every moment. That inspired me to quit corporate IT and become a web developer, one of the best decisions I ever made.

Sorry for rambling, I got a bit carried away there. I don't think I'll ever stop loving procgen art. I'm still tinkering away on some of those bigger projects. Maybe I'll post something here to Projects when I'm done.
posted by Nossidge at 1:55 AM on August 31 [1 favorite]


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