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

I wrote a software package called `generativeart`

which helps to create those kind of images with `R`

. `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 built-in randomness, every image looks different.

### Do it yourself

Get the code on Github and try it yourself. There you will also find instructions and documentation.

I am overwhelmed by how people use the package for their ideas. Take a look at a few examples in the wild.

These images are based on simple points…

**How thousands of points can form beautiful images**

### 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)`

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### 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:

## When Two Points on a Circle Form a Line

There are many ways to produce computer created abstract images: To the tutorial

## Crochet Pattern

Code and instructions on Github

## In the Wild

- The digital history journal created a cover image.