Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Color Mobius Maps

Some color examples of the new MSG processor that generates Mobius maps.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mobius Maps

I put together a new MSG processor that generates abstract imagery using Mobius maps. There results are interesting since you get various forms of self-similarity generated for the positioning of the shapes.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Local Mayor's Race Continues

The primary election held here recently had a new record 'low' in people who actually voted. And they have this sneaky thing where they include the mayor's race in the primary even though no one actually votes in it, and if one candidate wins 50% of that vote then the mayors race is over. Fortunately that did not happen so it moves to the general election where a few more people might actually vote.

This was generated using the Studio Artist paint synthesizer. I was going for a blocky watercolor on rough paper look.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Uahi Grill

View from the Uahi Grill while waiting for takeout. Constructed from a flip camera video pan processed with the temporal scan tracker in Studio Artist 4. I constructed a second layer based off of the generated video panorama image using the cellular abstraction ip op.

Still More Procedural Abstraction

What i love about directed evolution is that you can come up with some fascinating visually complex imagery very quickly that would really be impossible to create manually through 'build it up from scratch' hand editing of the MSG processor chain and it's associated internal parameters. Or even worse from 'code it up from scratch" approaches (no offense to you Processing devotes out there, but that is the reality). Created via directed evolution of MSG processors in Studio Artist 4.

Friday, September 26, 2008

More Procedural Abstraction

More abstract procedural art created by directed evolution of MSG processors in Studio Artist.

Mobius Map Investigations

I've been checking out the math behind Mobius maps. These images were made by treating the mapping system as a fractal.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Symmetry Head Shot

This started out with a MSG preset Dennis Miller emailed me to test a bug. I fixed the bug and then used it as the basis for the texturing part of this image. I used interactive warp in Studio Artist for the symmetry part.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

OceanSide Temporal Smear

One frame from a moving time particle animation. The temporal smear makes a nice paint effect. The video was taken near the fish market in Honolulu.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New MSG Abstractions

Working on some new ideas for procedural geometric abstraction in MSG.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Time Smear Painting

This started as a video sequence in Honolulu harbor. That was then processed in Studio Artist with moving paint synthesizer time particles that paint a smeared source image. That processed time particle movie was then used to create a panorama image with the temporal scan tracker. So you get temporal paint smear introduced into the final painting of the panorama of the boats in the harbor.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hard at Work

These were generated while testing a Logitech usb web cam with Studio Artist 4 running live video processing with MSG presets.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Breaking Politk Symmetry

I love the notion of creating symmetry in an image and then breaking it in some way. Some variations on the 'politk mask' MSG experiments that show this off.

There was a Studio Artist News article posted recently that discusses the visual perception of symmetry in the brain. One reason why the use of symmetry in art is so effective is that the brain is hard-wired to perceive it on a sub-conscious level.

These images were created in Studio Artist by directed evolution of MSG processors. The MSG preset is processing a head shot source image creating an abstraction of the original representational political head shot image.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Politk Mask Experiments

Some experiments using MSG to build masks. Heavy use of symmetry effects in the MSG presets. These were all done by directed evolution of MSG processors in the Evolution editor in Studio Artist 4.

All of these images were generated from the same source photo, which is a political head shot image. The MSG processors work to abstract the original source image.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Matson Walk

Matson containers in Honolulu harbor. More Studio Artist temporal scan tracker processing from a video shot taken while walking down one of the harbor piers. That panorama static image was then rendered as a graffiti photo mosaic image using the paint synthesizer and a graffiti movie brush.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fish Market

360 degree video pan at the fish market in Honolulu harbor. Panorama was generated from a video pan processed by the Studio Artist temporal scan tracker. Image was then rendered with the paint synthesizer and a graffiti movie brush to create a graffiti photo mosaic image.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Panorama created with Flip video camera in Honolulu harbor. Processing done with the temporal scan tracker in Studio Artist to generate the panorama from the video pan frames. I then used the paint synthesizer with a graffiti movie brush to regenerate the video panorama as a photo mosaic image.


Nice hideaway place for breakfast or fish for lunch. Image generated from a video pan using the Studio Artist temporal scan tracker.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sketches of Local Politiks

I've been playing around with some new MSG sketch presets based on a new MSG processor that generates an interesting abstraction sketch effect. That is combined with some Vectorizer output in the first 2 images.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More BioHazards

The new biohazard paint brush is too much fun. I switched to the watershed path start generator for this one. The one below shows off the adaptive block path start generator. They are all done using region as brush pen mode. All done in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer.

Note that there's a big difference in the feel of the 2 path start approaches to generating the photo mosaic. Watershed works better for this particular source image i think. But it can be different for different images and for what you're trying to achieve in the final piece.


Tis the season... More fun with the BioHazard movie brush. Created using the paint synthesizer in Studio Artist.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dumb and Dumber

Bob Herbert of the New York Times said it best today. "I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail.' Not that it hasn't been on the march for the last 8 years...

Image created with 3 layers in Studio Artist. One vectorizer, one a custom MSG preset, one using a self modulated interactive warp, composited together to create the final effect.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune comes to Hawaii, yada yada. The festivities were rendered using the Studio Artist paint synthesizer.

Curry Truck Redux

The view from behind the infamous curry truck. I used a diagonal scan in the Studio Artist scan tracker to create this from a Flip camera video pan. I tried another approach first with the horizontal scan but the diagonal one gives a more organic effect.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Curry Truck

I had high hopes for the local curry truck. However, there's a 50% percent chance i got food poisoning that took over a week to get over from eating there (the chicken), so use with caution. Image was created from a Flip video camera pan and then processed with the Studio Artist temporal scan tracker into a static panorama image. That was then used as the source for a paint synthesizer pass using a custom biohazard movie brush. The resulting photo mosaic image was composited with the original panorama to create the final image.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Patient in the Sun

Video pan around the subject processed with the Studio Artist temporal scan tracker.

Night Drive

Panorama created by processing a Flip camera video pan taken while driving with the scan tracker in Studio Artist.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Which Jerky

SO do you buy beef jerky endorsed by Jeff Foxworthy or the Cable guy? Digital photo from the weird local store processed with a paint synthesizer drip effect.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Intersection Observations

The thing about Hawaii is that it has a very LA attitude towards walking, which is that no one really does it except homeless people. Instead, you get in your large SUV to drive across the street from the Starbucks parking lot to the Post Office parking lot. Image was made with the temporal difference matte in Studio Artist taken from some video shot while bucking the system and walking around our local small town.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Amy's 48 Bottles of Jack Daniels

A photographic celibration of Amy Winehouse's request for 48 bottles of Jack Daniels backstage at a UK festival appearance.

Most of this was done using directed evolution of MSG presets in Studio Artist 4. I'm using the new Sketch Ip Op in the last image for the sketch effect.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Scenic Vista Point

Another scenic image from the Hawaiian islands. Created with a Flip camera video pan processed by the Studio Artist scan tracker with the parameters setup to stutter the video image as the panorama image is created.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Creepy Politik

Started a new series of creepy political images based on the dynamic duo. These are all created with single MSG presets in Studio Artist that process a source image.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Dynamic Duo1

Created with MSG in Studio Artist via directed evolution.

Dynamic Duo

The dynamic duo rendered with a dual recursive warp MSG effect. It's inconceivable to me that someone who lives in Alaska could deny global warming and any human implications in it. Of all the places on earth affected (ie everywhere) it's probably one of the ones changing the most quickly.