Generative Art: Algorithms as Artistic Tool presents both simple programming concepts and generative art principles in the same book. Generative Art, a relatively new form of art, is the art of the algorithm where an artist must carefully design the nature of the work and then implement it as a computer program. This book presents a set of novel approaches to this subject. Existing books on this subject confront the topic through the lens of programming. This book does that, but also presents approaches to creating art using art and design best practices. Content is arranged according to the problem that is to be solved. Readers will have access to code used in the book through the book’s web site and video tutorials are also available for each chapter.
About the Author Dr. J.R. Parker (“Call me Jim”) studied mathematics and computer science before ending up as a Professor of Art at the University of Calgary. His expertise ranges from computer simulation, image processing, artificial intelligence, game design, and generative art. When asked, he claims to be an expert in ‘complex interacting systems’, but don’t ask him to tie a half hitch. He lives on a small ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where he helps raise small animals and Tennessee Walking Horses. He’s also quite a cook, and was the original bass player for the 1970s band “Detour”.
Jim Parker has created a very accessible no-nonsense, get it done book on how to create your own generative art. With both well explained, step by step instructions and the why, what, how of art making, the active reader will be able to create their own personalized generative art via algorithms they write quickly and easily. It is an essential guide to creating your own generative art. —STEVE DIPAOLA PhD, Digital Artist and Educator