Art Tutorials

Masked and Weighted Truchet Tiles in Processing

I first saw this effect used with an image of Alan Turing and the word CODE superimposed. It was many months before several disparate ideas came together and I finally rediscovered how to generate these kinds of pictures. Here now I’ll show you how I built up the Processing code to do the same.

Art Makelangelo

Stippling an image with Wang Tiles

This is a big interest of mine because of my work on the Makelangelo Software. The software converts a photo to lines by starting with Stippling, where dots are put on the picture in a meaningful way. Everything that flows from there starts with good stippling. Wang Tiles are the current best method, prove me wrong.

I don’t have a way to make wang tiles as described in this video yet. If I had a set I’m confident I could do the rest in short order.


KUKA KR180 from Thingiverse, fixed

I’m slugging my way through the end of a project and I needed something to take my mind off it for a bit so I found my first vanity 3D print – a KUKA KR180 robot arm. This scale model is fully articulated. I used an M3 screw with the head cut off to hold the wrist onto the elbow without sacrificing movement. You can get all the files on thingiverse but I found I needed to fix a number of broken meshes. To save you time, here are all the files for KUKA KR180 including the fixes. A couple more M3s will hold the rest of the parts together and I used some hot glue to hold the two halves of the humerus together. I really find this model inspiring, I hope one day soon to build my own.


Kinect based art project

An 8 foot pole, atop which are 9 Kinect bars facing outward. Their cameras cover 360 degrees around the pole, and together they create a color 3d map of the entire surroundings. The user wears 3D goggles like Occulus Rift and can see themselves in the third person, look behind themselves without turning, peek around corners, and more. Imagine combining it with a UAV or a live satellite feed!

I could probably come up with a lot of BS about human interaction, the nature of technology in society, man’s relation to himself when reduced to an avatar, etc… but the truth is I think it’s just a really neat idea.