The Genesis of Laptop or computer Artwork-FORTRAN (Backus) a Personal computer Art Medium Results in a Mosaic Mona Lisa3 min read
Where did pc art, computer system graphics and computer system animation get started?
Published interaction grew to become sharable and pervasive at the time stone etchings have been replaced with the mobility of paper and ink. In the same way the moment pc languages advanced from device or assembly code to 3rd technology laptop languages, only then did pc output progress from simple alphanumerical (possibly mosaic) printouts to graphics and illustrations or photos with clean curves and realism.
Pc graphical output received its humble start when alphanumeric people hammered on TTY and line printers to symbolize X-Y graphs and even mosaic visuals. It was crude, but authorized for a far more powerful assessment of mathematical and scientific methods. Laptop programming languages like FORTRAN and Fundamental made it much easier to establish and software printers, plotters and CRT screens to display and print graphics and in the end images.
The FORTRAN programming language – a particular and historic quick overview.
FORTRAN programming as an Art Medium?
So it was doable to generate an alphanumeric printout photograph of the famed Mona Lisa employing FORTRAN print statements. This graphic of the Mona Lisa was completed by printing and about-printing normal alphanumeric characters building a mosaic art piece to kind an picture of that famed Leonardo da Vinci portray. Step back from this laptop or computer printout and you seen a straightforward duplicate of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Carrying out this rudimentary laptop artwork would be several hours and times of tedious function involving the pursuing steps:
1) You would need to just take a copy of the original image and a grid (mapping to the 133 character width of a normal laptop or computer printout page) on a piece of transparency.
2) Location the grid transparency on major of the graphic and then fill in the grid cells in excess of the picture with alphanumeric characters that will depict a mosaic of the initial graphic.
3) Spotlight people grid cells that will be overprinted (daring variety) to produce shade and texture matching the original image.
4) Now you get every line of the grid and code it employing FORTRAN print statements.
5) Like a brush to canvas the personal computer printout picture of Mona Lisa will consider sort immediately after numerous times of coding.
For a concluded version of this method and a resulting laptop mosaic of the Mona Lisa test out the Pisaca Web Albums pictures at: http://picasaweb.google.com/carl.chesal/MonaLisaComputerArtFortran
The lookup has begun for accessibility to an 80 column punch card reader.
The FORTRAN code for the Mona Lisa Mosaic is on unique 90-column punch playing cards. Getting access to an 80-column card reader could facilitate shifting the Mona Lisa FORTRAN code from its analog point out to a electronic model. Using an on the web editor, I could when once again deploy the electrical power of FORTRAN to print copies of ‘computer mosaic’ Mona Lisa. Then ‘Mosaic Mona’ would be out there for the earth to enjoy.
My infatuation with FORTRAN programming may well have stemmed from the point that the two FORTRAN and I were being coincidentally designed in 1954. Thank you John Backus for FORTRAN.