Dead Presidents

Generative portraiture

Dead Presidents

A generative illustration project using a custom drawing algorithm in Processing, to recreate well known classic US presidential Portraits.

The algorithm, as you draw, creates a series of triangles based on a regularly sampled mouse position. Color is sampled and averaged from the underlying image. Images are output as PDF from Processing and imported and artworked in Illustrator as A3 posters.

Processing was then used to import and break apart the SVG artwork, and animate each polygon algorithmically in 3D space. We then used this work in an interactive installation and video motion piece.