Digital art prints created by programming

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What is "Painting by Code"?

An artist puts a fresh canvas on the easel, mixes some ultramarine oil paint with a little thinner, loads a brush with it, and drags it from left to right across the canvas. It is the start of a landscape painting...

An artist sits at a computer, writes some code which creates a white rectangle in the computer's memory, writes some code which describes a particular shade of blue in a colour language the computer understands, writes some code which describes to the computer how to draw a line between any two points inside the white rectangle, then writes some code which uses the previous pieces of code to draw a blue line from left to right across the white rectangle. It is the start of a landscape painting…

This is painting by code.

The painting only exists in the computer's memory, so the artist writes some code which displays it on the monitor and puts a "Save" button next to it. If the artist is satisfied, clicking the button runs some more code which saves the rectangle as an image file on the computer's disk from where it can be printed, or uploaded to Etsy, or used as the staring point for an oil painting.

Of course a white rectangle with a blue line on it doesn't make a very satisfying landscape, so there is a lot more code to be written…

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