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Generative Art [Paperback]

Matt Pearson

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July 7 2011


Generative Art presents both the technique and the beauty of algorithmic art. The book includes high-quality examples of generative art, along with the specific programmatic steps author and artist Matt Pearson followed to create each unique piece using the Processing programming language.

About the Technology

Artists have always explored new media, and computer-based artists are no exception. Generative art, a technique where the artist creates print or onscreen images by using computer algorithms, finds the artistic intersection of programming, computer graphics, and individual expression. The book includes a tutorial on Processing, an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions.

About the Book

Generative Art presents both the techniques and the beauty of algorithmic art. In it, you'll find dozens of high-quality examples of generative art, along with the specific steps the author followed to create each unique piece using the Processing programming language. The book includes concise tutorials for each of the technical components required to create the book's images, and it offers countless suggestions for how you can combine and reuse the various techniques to create your own works.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

What's Inside
  • The principles of algorithmic art
  • A Processing language tutorial
  • Using organic, pseudo-random, emergent, and fractal processes


Table of Contents
    Part 1 Creative Coding
  1. Generative Art: In Theory and Practice
  2. Processing: A Programming Language for Artists
    Part 2 Randomness and Noise
  3. The Wrong Way to Draw A Line
  4. The Wrong Way to Draw a Circle
  5. Adding Dimensions
  6. Part 3 Complexity
  7. Emergence
  8. Autonomy
  9. Fractals

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About the Author

Matt Pearson is an artist, coder, and award-winning blogger based in Brighton, UK. His popular blog https://zenbullets.com/ recently won "best blog" at the DiMAS awards. Matt is also the creative force behind the 100 Abandoned Artworks Generative Art project https://abandonedart.org/, where you can see many examples of his work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive Sept. 28 2011
By Joshua J. Noble - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, this book is a good overview of the major themes in generative art and an excellent intro for techniques to generative art-making and Processing in general. More importantly though, it's also filled with insights into the why's and how's of Mr. Pearsons own work and that of the work that he's writing about, which is just as important; understanding not just what a pretty graphic is, but what it models, how it relates to the world. I find this lacking in a lot of texts about generative art or computer art and it's one of the fundamental elements of understanding and creating your own generative artwork, the correlations between what we see on the screen and what we see in around and beyond it. Mr. Pearson not only codes well and makes pretty things but also thinks and writes quite clearly, and he puts all those skills to use here to tell a story of curiosity and its dividends.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Processing, Genart July 27 2011
By N. Peyton - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read most of the books available on Processing, and Pearson's is unique in that it thoroughly covers the philosophical side of Genart, namely the struggle between chaos and order. Fantastic.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource and reference for any experience level July 14 2011
By Robert O'Rourke - Published on Amazon.com
Buy this book if you are looking for something in between a coding manual, reference book, discussion of and a history of Generative Art. Matt has hit upon a good balance for those who find a pure programming book makes their eyes glaze over and want to understand the why aswell as the how. The book is structured so that the introduction is gradual without getting too heavy on the coding side of things for too long. After that the book deepens your understanding and teaches you some of the more complex and beautiful algorithms used in GenArt. Not only is it an informative an interesting read in its own right it is also a useful reference to come back to again and again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book if you want to let down your hair programming Feb. 1 2013
By R. Levy - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professional developer and I enjoy writing code, but at times the strict requirements, testing and strive for order and perfection can take some of the joy from creating something new. This book is great if you just want to play with code and see what happens when you embrace the weird side-effects that happen because of randomness, noise etc...

I suspect that this book is a great way to get people who are afraid of coding into playing with computers and writing software - and it is enjoyable if you just want to learn new techniques for drawing abstract art with code.

The book uses Processing which is not my favorite environment, but the concepts are simple enough and the writing is clear - and it was a non-issue to follow along in Javascript.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A travel guide for generative art Aug. 4 2011
By Frederik Vanhoutte - Published on Amazon.com
"generative art" is a highly personal account of one artist's path to creative coding, a travel guide for a huge, and increasingly trendy, territory. And like any good travel guide, it is not intended to be a rigorous, exhaustive overview. So don't expect a tedious overview of all things generative, or an elaborate programming manual of its language of choice, Processing. Matt shares with us the basics needed to survive and points out the major landmarks.
Aspiring artists and experienced coders alike will find valuable insights and new paths. Matt's refreshing approach, the book serves as a behind-the-screens look at the author's open source "100 Abandoned Artworks" project, makes for easy reading, quite unusual for a digital design/programming handbook.

Ultimately all exploring will have to be done by the reader/artist/coder. But I'll gladly take Matt Pearson's Bryson-like wit and accessible explanations as my faithful companions on further journeys.

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