Generative Art: How thousands of points can form beautiful images

These images are based on simple points. This post explains how it works.

1. Step: Point, points, points …

The starting point is a rectangle a grid that is populated with many thousand points, in this case 3,969.

The retangle is placed in a coordinate system, so every point has two coordinates (x, y).

2. Step:

Now, the position of every single points is transformed. This new position is calculated by a formula, which has random parameters. Because of the random numbers, every image looks different.

For example, using a combination of sine, cosine and the random factor:

Circle resembling shapes are created by using a polar coordinate system:

Do it yourself

I wrote a package called generativeart which helps to create those kind of images with R.

You can get the package on Github.

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