Abstract Paintings by Coloring

A collaboration with machine

2018

coloring

featured

generative design

javascript

painting

physical

watercolor

Although I like the idea and act of coloring, I rarely spend any time (or money) filling coloring pages that are available on the market. Yes, some of them do look amazing, but I always feel like the finished pieces are not mine because I would be restricted by the design of the coloring book designer.

So, in the past years, I have tried to make my own coloring pages , to write program to automatically colors images . These projects taught me many lessons on how patterns and color schemes work together, and how random parameters are not always the best friend for generative art.

In 2018, I wrote more generative art programs (e.g. The roman number visualizer , etc.), where I would obtain hundreds of design variations in one click. I was fascinated by them of course. But at the same time, I feel like I start to spent less time appreciating them.

There might be several reasons:

  • These generated designs look perfect, and a bit too perfect.
  • I did obtain them easily, and I can easily replace them with another variation. So why pour my heart out for a particular version?

And I realize that

Machines are good at making things perfect, and I am good at making art.

And we should collaborate!

So that's exactly what I did in this project . I wrote a d3 program to semi-randomly generate geometric designs. I laser-engraved them on watercolor paper.

I am pretty happy with the current progress I have, and I am planning to improve the code soon so I could make it public.

Coloring? Machine? Me?

Some examples