For my final project, I’d like to explore how machines can manipulate the medium itself. So far, we’ve explored how machines can use a medium to produce a drawing on another medium. This includes using the Axidraw to wield a pen or marker that draws on paper. In the latter half of the semester, I want to experiment with what a machine can do to modify paper or other materials. Technically, I would be drawing with a machine onto the chosen medium, but the end goal here is to change the shape and structure of the medium with the help of that drawing.
Golan introduced me to Erik Demaine, a computer scientist who researched computational origami. He has created many sculptures of folded paper creased with curves.
This is done by using a low power laser cutter to slightly score the paper. The paper is then folded on those scores. This is the only way to produce those results.
I’d like to start experimented with that, starting with pleated paper.
Id like to incorporate pleating and drawing with axidraws. By next week Monday, I’ll have a pleated paper sample. By Wednesday I’ll have a sample of pleated paper with axidraw plots on it.
There’s two svgs as I used PEmbroider
I used PEmbroider for the last one. This assignment was one of the easiest and the most fun for me. For the second one, I used some tiling techniques to ensure that I didn’t draw the same line twice. I also wrote the best switch statement of my life for that one. I used the techniques of ordered randomness for the third one to ensure that the crosses are balanced and gives an effect of increasing shading.
The code is below the continue reading.
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[not an svg – im having some save errors. will add later]
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I enjoyed the reading – it was an interesting topic and I like to think about the theory of what a drawing is before implementing it in practice. It helps me think of the drawing in abstract terms and opens the door to more experimentation. I agree with Lostritto’s definitions on what a drawing is not, but I am interested in what he thinks about animal drawings. Could an animal have similar skill and autonomy as a human to make a drawing? And if they do, do they have ownership over that drawing? Does the animal have to understand what a drawing is and have intentionality to create one in order for it to be considered a drawing? These are interesting questions to me because I anthropomorphize my computers and robotic tools and treat them a bit like their own beings that have feelings and can act moody. They’re a bit like pets to me – and I’m aware the other people view animals in the same vein as machines. So I wonder what those people think about animal creation and ownership.
Learning about paper is the new thing that I took from skimming the articles. So far I’ve been using printer or parchment paper (scandalous) so reading that I should use smooth, thick paper might change my plots for the better.
I wanted to do a modified version of an Sierpinski diagram. It was pretty fun to mess around with beginShape(), endShape(), and for loops. I wanted to make it more complex, but I got sleepy from the trig.
I can change the depth and size of the diagram at will, which is nice.
Code is below the read more.
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- The artwork seems to consist of a mixture of square and rectangular cells, but at closer inspection it is composed of square cells with subdivisions.
- Each square cell has one or two rectangular subdivisions that are hatched with lines.
- The subdivisions are chosen out of a pool of 4 – top, bottom, left, or right. There is no restriction on which subdivisions can be paired with each other – some have top and bottom, right and bottom, top and left, etc.
- Most cells have two subdivisions, only a select few have one.
- Sometimes a subdivision has two different patterns in it.
- The patterns use the same pen weight throughout the print.
- On rare occasions the subdivision rule is broken for the following pattern:
- The aforementioned pattern breaks the subdivision and cells rule. It bleeds into neighboring cells.
- Occasionally, a cell will generate a diagonal line that starts at a corner and ends at a midpoint of an opposing wall or the opposing corner.
- Because of the aforementioned rule, some diagonal lines that bisect a subdivision appear to be thicker that others. This is because they are drawn twice in the same place by the plotter. Below is a good example of this:
I got a bit too invested in this task. It took me about 3 hours of work in Processing and I definitely got pretty close. The most difficult part was creating the triangle line pattern and reversing it for more variety in my output. I was going to recreate the pattern mentioned in observation 7 but I had gassed out at that point. My code is below the read more.
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I’ve engaged with #PlotterTwitter before – I have an axidraw and I unfortunately use Twitter. I really admire Michelle Chandra and Frederik Vanhoutte’s prints. The geometric repetition of their prints appeal to me.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of interdisciplinary work with plotters and odd applications of plotters on PlotterTwitter. For example, one user posted a video of two axidraws painting in watercolor. The svg files for those plots must be daunting to look at.
I admired the use of multiple different pen thicknesses to enhance different prints, but pens that have a round nib tend to be the standard. I’d like to see what a print from a chiseled pen or marker would look like. I also want to see prints that challenge the purpose of a plotter. Instead of thinking of it as a robotic arm that draws, one can view it as a guide or an arm that can pick up, hold, move, or stab things. There’s this minigame from Rhythm Heaven, a rhythm game I use to play in my childhood, where you control a hand wielding a fork and your goal is to stab food that is flicked to you across the table. For some reason, I wish for an axidraw to do that.
The post that I appreciated the most involves a collaboration of a photographer and a plottermeister (using “plotter” for someone who uses a plotter to generate art doesn’t seem right, but “plottermeister” has a nice ring to it).
I like that this project clashes nature’s randomness with digital precision. It’s a good juxtaposition.