Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Introduction

This article follows a reverse chronological order. The earliest experimental approach and ideas are at the bottom. The most recent changes and final versions / outcomes are at the start. In that way the article functions more as an evolutionary log of my work.

Final Outcome

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Approach - Illustrator First

I designed a rough graphic in illustrator that I am now going to port over to processing. It utilises simple shapes. The key features I'm aiming for are the glasses, and the thing that looks slightly like a nose.

I'll still approach it in an exploratary way by drawing shapes and adjusting their coordinates manually until Im happy with the result.

Notes

  • I didn't use the draw() function since it would keep re-drawing the image. I instead used the setup function since I only want the image to draw once.

Things I had to Google

// - p5js empty fill
// - p5js stroke width
// - p5js stroke not rounded

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Approach - Manual Exploratory Process

In the archive below you'll find my initial set of ideas which turned out to be very time consuming to work on by hand. I have since adapted my approach to be much simpler and I'll utilise basic shapes to create a self portrait.

I'll use this photo as a base since there aren't that many great photos of me and because I was telling a very funny joke in this photo.

I'm also going to follow a cubist style with slight transparency.

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This approach is still very time consuming and it's not efficient for me. I will have to find a simpler idea to focus on.

What are my main defining features?

  • There's the mic.
  • There's the face.
  • There's the glasses.

I settled on these rough sketches. I like the second top right sketch and I've decided to stick to the general idea behind that.

I started off with a simple line this time.

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Even now I continue to find drawing from scratch difficult. The feedback loop and the process of adjusting numbers and trying to draw in an exploratory way is proving very time consuming and I will have to move to a quicker approach.

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Telling a very funny joke. Some people died laughing.
Telling a very funny joke. Some people died laughing.
Thumbnail sketches
Thumbnail sketches

Approach - Initial Ambition

Below you will find the graveyard of my initial ambition. I've subsequently had to scale down my ambition because it's not something I could easily do in a manual-exploratory way.

Observations

Mood Board & Inspiration

How I plan to approach is this first by establishing a moodboard and noting down my thoughts.

I googled Generative Art Self Portrait and this is what I found. This initial starting point is valuable for me as the different approaches give me ideas.

(1) - Uses Color, Tonal Value and Line to create the image. Overlapping lines create stronger tonal shadings. Very abstract in nature.

(2) - Uses Monochomatic pallette. Uses negative space and different tonal values to create tonal values. The only shape used is a horizontal line with a heavy stroke (or think of it as a rectangle with a small height)

(3) - Uses a more circular approach.

Ideas

I like approaches (1) and (2) as well as the energetic, abstract quality of (7)

(2) Samir Zahran
(2) Samir Zahran

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(9)Alex Elfimchev
(9)Alex Elfimchev
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