Pound Art  Comics by John Pound

John Pound uses his self-developed software to create comics or 2D works derived off of randomization of visual elements. His development of his practice and view of his programs is interesting in that he uses programs “not as a passive tool, like an airbrush, but as an active partner in making creative decisions” (Pound). I appreciate the abstraction and subjectivity of computing in this manner. While the random visuals produced look as if they were just performed by a random function in a 2D coordinate plane, Pound keeps the fabrication of his code and software to himself but says it is coded in PostScript. The visuals look as if there is a constant and a constraint of variables with a simple random variable to add variation. That way, there is a consistency in characters/characteristics but a slight change in illustration that adds presence and personality.

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