Do you want to create #generativeart with #rstats? I made a package for this purpose. It is called generativeart and you can find it on Github.

You can find more images on my Instagram account @cutterkom.

## Description

One overly simple but useful definition is that generative art is art programmed using a computer that intentionally introduces randomness as part of its creation process.

— Why Love Generative Art? – Artnome

The `R`

package `generativeart`

let’s you create images based on many thousand points. The position of every single point is calculated by a formula, which has random parameters. Because of the random numbers, every image looks different.

In order to make an image reproducible, `generative art`

implements a log file that saves the `file_name`

, the `seed`

and the `formula`

.

Now, the `readme.md`

:

## Install

You can install the package with the `devtools`

package directly from Github:

`devtools::install_github("cutterkom/generativeart")`

`generativeart`

uses the `tidyverse`

package.

## Usage

The package works with a specific directory structure that fits my needs best. The first step is to create it with `setup_directories()`

. All images are saved by default in `img/everything/`

. I use `img/handpicked/`

to choose the best ones. In `logfile/`

you will find a `csv`

file that saves the `file_name`

, the `seed`

and the used `formula`

.

```
library(generativeart)
# set the paths
IMG_DIR <- "img/"
IMG_SUBDIR <- "everything/"
IMG_SUBDIR2 <- "handpicked/"
IMG_PATH <- paste0(IMG_DIR, IMG_SUBDIR)
LOGFILE_DIR <- "logfile/"
LOGFILE <- "logfile.csv"
LOGFILE_PATH <- paste0(LOGFILE_DIR, LOGFILE)
# create the directory structure
generativeart::setup_directories(IMG_DIR, IMG_SUBDIR, IMG_SUBDIR2, LOGFILE_DIR)
# include a specific formula, for example:
my_formula <- list(
x = quote(runif(1, -1, 1) * x_i^2 - sin(y_i^2)),
y = quote(runif(1, -1, 1) * y_i^3 - cos(x_i^2))
)
# call the main function to create five images with a polar coordinate system
generativeart::generate_img(formula = my_formula, nr_of_img = 5, polar = TRUE)
```

- You can create as many images as you want by setting
`nr_of_img`

. - For every image a seed is drawn from a number between 1 and 10000.
- This seed determines the random numbers in the formula.
- You can choose between cartesian and polar coordinate systems by setting
`polar = TRUE`

or`polar = FALSE`

- the formula is a
`list()`

## Examples

It is a good idea to use the sine and cosine in the formula, since it guarantees nice shapes, especially when combined with a polar coordinate system. One simple example:

```
my_formula <- list(
x = quote(runif(1, -1, 1) * x_i^2 - sin(y_i^2)),
y = quote(runif(1, -1, 1) * y_i^3 - cos(x_i^2))
)
generativeart::generate_img(formula = my_formula, nr_of_img = 5, polar = TRUE)
```

Two possible images:

`seed = 1821`

, `polar = TRUE`

:

`seed = 5451`

, `polar = FALSE`

:

The corresponding log file looks like that:

file_name | seed | formula_x | formula_y |
---|---|---|---|

2018-11-16-17-13_seed_1821.png | 1821 | runif(1, -1, 1) * x_i^2 – sin(y_i^2) | runif(1, -1, 1) * y_i^3 – cos(x_i^2) |

2018-11-16-17-12_seed_5451.png | 5451 | runif(1, -1, 1) * x_i^2 – sin(y_i^2) | runif(1, -1, 1) * y_i^3 – cos(x_i^2) |

## Inspiration

The basic concept is heavily inspired by Fronkonstin’s great blog.

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