I’ve started learning how to make generative graphics using TouchDesigner. The scope of what people make with the software is vast and inspiring (check out the Vimeo group), while the learning curve is steep. After reading the introductory book to get an understanding of the user interface and workflow, my aim is to make motion graphics react to a musical source. Building on that, maybe I can use MIDI data as another input.

You know those crisp, beautiful autumn mornings with azure skies and a low-angled sun jabbing fingers of light through the trees into a carpet of mist? It was one of those. I took photos in my local park while walking the dog. Each scene, viewed by eye, was a perfect English autumn composition. The resulting photos? Rubbish! Each image was underexposed, the rays of sunlight looked weak and the sky was a flat pastel.

After buying a shiny new Mac in April, I’ve been able to access my old files and photo libraries. I stumbled on these experimental images created with Auto-Illustrator, a generative vector art application developed by software artist Adrian Ward. Auto-Illustrator (no longer online at its original home swai.signwave.co.uk) has a GUI (graphical user interface) that mimics popular vector drawing applications. The software adds its own interpretation to the user’s drawing input, which makes for a random and playful experience.