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McQuinn
The Leonardo
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Registered: Oct 2004
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applying vector art to CAs

I've just begun working up techniques for utilizing NKSX templates in vector art and 3D programs. A bit of a kludge, but it can be done. My stuff will be all by hand (hand on mouse), no programming, though Mathematica undoubtedly could output something similar. I don’t have Mathematica so I’ll make do with graphic art applications. The attached GIF, “Stealthy Invasion,” is a small section of a vector art rendering, which would best be viewed via PDF, if the file size weren't so large.

This is a first effort, like the kindergarten crayon drawings we all proudly displayed on our parent’s refrigerator door, so don’t be too harsh!

SMcQ

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02-01-2005 12:19 AM

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There’s a book available from Wolfram Research’s online book store called Graphica 1. The Imaginary Made Real: The Art of Michael Trott. It costs about \$24.00.

Graphica 1 consists of unique and unusual color illustrations created using Mathematica. The creation of the illustrations was made possible by the use of the symbolic computation capabilities of Mathematica, combined with its numeric and graphic routines. This unique and beautiful book will be both an inspiration and a reference work for designers, artists, and architects – as well as for people working in computer graphics, scientific visualization, electronic media design, and mathematics.

I am not an artist. However, I have produced some amazing graphics using Mathematica.

Attached is an example. It is composed of cross product projections for four related three valued logic expressions in two variables. In place of the expressions colors are substituted using contour mapping functions from Mathematica.

I hope you can save up and get a copy of Mathematica.

Looking forward to seeing more of your renditions.

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02-01-2005 02:27 PM
McQuinn
The Leonardo
Salt Lake City

Registered: Oct 2004
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That's very nice, Lawrence. Tropical colors are relaxing. It looks like a dinner napkin design for a five star Tahitian hotel.

Mathematica costs more than my computer; as much as I long for it, it will likely remain out of reach. I was actually very quick at math at Berkeley, and aced my complex variables class, but that was a long, long time ago.

I'm having a lot of fun with NKSX just exploring patterns and thinking about how I can base an artistic interpretation on the actual generation process, not on caprice. I'm not an artist, either, though I may start calling myself that just to see what it feels like.

SMcQ

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02-01-2005 10:08 PM
McQuinn
The Leonardo
Salt Lake City

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Here's a PDF version of the full composition. I was trying to distinguish the "action" from the "background." As the pattern eminded me of intrusions into granitic rock, I attempted to capture the feeling by using igneous colors.

SMcQ

Attachment: intrusions.pdf

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