Piccolo is an Open, $70 CNC-bot That Will Draw For You

Piccolo is like candy for people who like robots and drawing machines. It’s affordable, cute, and downright fun. It’s going to be on your Christmas in July wanted list. How awesome is it? Let us count the ways: It’s under US$70. It’s Arduino-compatible. It works with Processing – ideal for drawing experiments. It’s open source hardware. It’s easy to assemble. You can make 2D and 3D things – and it appears to excel as a drawing machine. Connect it to Arduino, and you can make your own sensor-driven drawings and other creations. I’m really excited to meet the creators when …

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Mechanical Motion: Drawing with Turntables, Phasing with Film Projectors

Speaking of mechanical motion and machine drawing, in the work of Robert Howsare, vintage equipment becomes part kinetic sculpture, part machine artist. In “Drawing Apparatus,” two turntables become a generative geometric drawing machine, Spirograph-style. (See some really lovely-looking renders by this machine on the artwork project page. Via Today and Tomorrow, hat tip to portable.tv and Cool Hunting.) The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality. The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials. IV Phases is a hypnotic work involving phasing …

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"Machine Drawing Drawing Machines" Art Classics by CNC, and Other Pablo Garcia Wonders

What happens when an Albrecht Dürer masterpiece meets CNC? Watch the video above to see. The work of Pittsburgh-based Pablo Garcia, who does collaborative, trans-media work and teaches at Carnegie Mellon, the project nods both to art history and the world of robotics – and it’s just one of Garcia’s works to do so.

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“Machine Drawing Drawing Machines” Art Classics by CNC, and Other Pablo Garcia Wonders

What happens when an Albrecht Dürer masterpiece meets CNC? Watch the video above to see. The work of Pittsburgh-based Pablo Garcia, who does collaborative, trans-media work and teaches at Carnegie Mellon, the project nods both to art history and the world of robotics – and it’s just one of Garcia’s works to do so.

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Alien, Organic Beauty of Sepalcure Visuals, by Sougwen; Chat with the Artist

Like eerily-lush alien vegetation, Sougwen’s visual design for for Sepalcure’s tour blooms out of drifting shadows. Through some mysterious connection, they unearth some of the dream-like warmth you could feel from Sepalcure’s music, the collaboration by Machinedrum and Praveen. Having known Sougwen and followed her work for some time, they also manage to assimilate the intricate textures of her hand-drawn work with the 3D digital world. See, previously, our coverage of that side: Visuals for Shigeto Full Circle, and Reflections on Drawing by Hand If you’re in Europe or the UK, there’s a chance this talented bunch are coming to …

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Generative Human Imagery: From a Branding Project to an Elegant, Custom Tool

What began as a simple branding project for a pharmaceutical company evolved into beautiful, generative imagery, produced by a custom tool. Built with Processing (and the controlP5 library), the Actelion Imagery Wizard takes parameterized drawing to explode and reintegrate particle-driven illustrations of DNA, and faces, in what the designers call, neatly, “digital molecules.” The project is the work of onformative, a design house uniquely dedicated to generative graphics. Source: onformative. Here’s what they say about the project (see also, from them, more documentation included here):

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sktch, with Artist-Created, Generative Brushes, Comes to iPad

sktch is a different kind of art tool for the mobile app age. For starters, it’s the outgrowth of a media outlet: Creative Applications Network, led by London-based architect, technologist, and curator Filip Visnjic, has already become the go-to site for people interested in making apps into art. The application itself embodies some of that idea: rather than attempt to be a generic tool for drawing, sktch is a kind of generative gallery of works, the compilation of interactive brushes built by a selection of artists. And the whole thing is built on the open source OpenFrameworks toolkit, the C++-based …

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Curly Code and Improvised Digital Painting Theories

Since the days of Paint, computers have routinely taken some gesture of our hand and made it into a graphic. Now that coding is faster and friendlier, it’s possible to make a new tool, learn that tool, and then learn to perform with that tool. We’ve seen it in Joshue Ott’s superDraw (made in Processing/Java), among others. Here, David Szauder sends us his own 3D drawing tool in progress, Curly Code. It’s at the beginning of its life – the video below is the first live performance; above is an earlier from-screen version. But that makes it fun to watch, …

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Visuals for Shigeto Full Circle, and Reflections on Drawing by Hand

Shigeto – “Escape from the Incubator” from Ghostly International on Vimeo. As I noted in the opening for my recent Processing for Android tutorial, there’s no substitute for the immediacy of drawing with pen and paper. Even as digital artists, it can be a necessary first step to wiring up the visual parts of our brain. Sure, tablets and touch sensors are improving. But they’re a long, long way from catching up with gestures so natural, you could believe the ink pen evolved right along with the human arm. I recall spending countless hours in my childhood drawing on paper, …

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Generative Art in Internet Cafe Browsers; Marius Watz in Processing.js

Tonight, interactive artists are taking over an Internet Cafe and turning it into exhibition space, running artworks that function in regular browsers. Artists: Erik Andersson, Cory Arcangel, Michael Bell-Smith, Charles Broskoski, Jon Cates, Aleksandra Domanovic, Doubble Happiness, Constant Dullaart, JODI, JK Keller, Greg Leuch, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Duncan Malashock, Eva & Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Aaron Meyers, Mark Napier, Katja Novitskova, Paper Rad, Jon Rafman, Ariel Rebel, Ryder Ripps, Evan Roth, Brad Troemel, Marius Watz Aram Bartholl is curating; the event runs tonight on 90 Bowery in New York from 8-11p. http://fffff.at/speed-show-4/ But this is doubly worth mentioning, …

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