Dynamic Painting Technology

The Dynamic Paintings can be considered a generative art - an art that has been generated algorithmically by a computer system. However, they are more than that. First of all, they are exceptional art design concepts brought to life using the latest in computer technology. Unlike most of others generative art examples that account for just a few basic artistic principles and require very little artist input, the Dynamic Paintings by San Base are truly creations of an artist. This is what sets it far apart from any other works in this area. One can think of Dynamic Painting technology as a new medium - a new form of canvas and paint.

An artist begins creation of a Dynamic Painting by conceiving an idea for the painting, selecting basic colors, shapes and principles of their development over time. Unlike a conventional painter, the artist has to think in one more dimension to properly design the evolution of images as the painting would develop. Using a wide array of techniques that have deep roots in the styles of conventional paintings, an artist converts the brush strokes into algorithms that can precisely convey his original design of a digital painting. Once the Dynamic Painting has been designed and programmed, it is up to a powerful computer system to bring it to life. In a computer, each painting starts its life with an original idea described in a precise mathematical way that governs the shape, color as well as many other parameters of the generated image. This algorithm represents the "DNA" of the picture. Just like the DNA of a living organism, with a slight mutation, the image algorithm can produce an infinite number of unique paintings. A carefully devised "mutation" algorithm uses a computer to generate a series of distinct images that follow the style and concept of the original painting. This "mutation" process can be slowly animated over time to produce a fluid motion within the element of a painting; producing a magnificent never-ending and never repeating show.

Modern computers do not possess any artificial intelligence. In other words, they cannot come up with images on their own and perform only what they are instructed to do. This puts the burden on the artist to carefully program his original idea in such a precise way that the computer can properly execute it. The computer is nothing more than a tool in this process.

It is not a secret that many artists, who have found a successful style and form, have exploited it for many years by painting similar pictures without much creativity. A Dynamic Painting can do the same thing at much higher speed - generating many paintings per minute instead of 2-3 paintings per week that most conventional artists can paint. The real challenge is coming up with an original idea for a Dynamic Painting as well as producing it. After that, a computer can mechanically generate variations. With the advent of Dynamic Paintings, the computer, as a tool, frees up the artist's time to do what an artist does the best - create and innovate.

Thanks to the latest developments in the computer graphics technology, not only can computers generate many images at a very high speed, but they can also produce very high fidelity paintings. Generation of images as large as 80-100 Mpixel, makes them perfect for printing static snapshots of Dynamic Paintings on canvas as large as 48"x36", while preserving every little digital brush stroke and creating a lot more intricate features than a conventional artist can normally paint.

The synergistic combination of programming and painting in Dynamic Painting will make you appreciate art form like never before.
Also some info can be found here: Tom's Hardware: Computer Graphics Avant-Garde

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