You will create generative visual art using three different digital
tools: recursivedrawing.com, EscherSketch, and Context Free Art.
Project due Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Explore the three digital tools. Have fun, play, don’t be afraid to
try things or to make mistakes!
Dr. Yorgey will demonstrate
recursivedrawing.com in class.
Dr. Yorgey will also introduce Context Free
Art in class.
You should save two files for each Context Free Art
You can save the code (a .cfdg file) by going to
the “File” menu and selecting “Save As…”.
You can save an image by clicking the button labelled
“Save Output” (Mac) or clicking on the little
downward-pointing triangle next to the “Render” button
and choosing “Save Output” (Windows).
For EscherSketch, you are on your own,
and this is intentional! You will probably be confused and
overwhelmed by the interface, and you probably won’t figure out
what all the options do. That’s OK! Take a deep breath, play,
experiment, and be prepared for some surprising results.
Note that to save images from EscherSketch, use the controls
in the very bottom left corner, which look like this:
Click the “Picture” button to save the current image as a
You should create at least three different images using each
tool, for a total of nine images. (You can submit more than nine
images if you wish.)
The images should be substantially different, that is, you should
not submit images which are just slight variations of each other.
Your images must exhibit some complexity and/or
generativity. A good rule of thumb is that your images should
be such that they would be very difficult or tedious to produce by
hand. For example, you should not use recursivedrawing.com
to make an image consisting of just a square next to a circle,
because you could easily have drawn that by hand.
Note, however, that your images do not necessarily have to be
complicated; simple images can still be generative. As one example,
an image consisting of 300 parallel horizontal lines is very simple,
but would be tedious to draw by hand.
After creating your images, you should write 1-2 paragraphs
reflecting on your process of creativity and discovery. For example,
you might consider questions such as:
Your reflection does not need to answer all the above questions,
and you could also answer other, related questions instead. These
are just example prompts to get you thinking. You will not be graded
on things like grammar, punctuation, etc. (although writing well is
always a goal worth striving for); I simply want to see evidence of
You should turn in:
Note, that is a total of (at least) 13 files (9 images + 3 .cfdg
files + 1 .pdf reflection). You can submit your project via this
Remember to take advantage of rolling submissions: turn
in your project any time before the deadline to get feedback, revise,