Friday, March 9, 2018

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Algorithm Portraits | Dimitris Ladopoulos

Portraits made using an information visualization method called treemapping and a self-created algorithm. Kudos Dimitris!

I have always been inspired by both the arts and technology, so I wanted to experiment and create a contemporary view of old masters’ paintings. Inspired by information visualization method called ‘treemapping’, I created an algorithm in Houdini that would do the subdivisions. The algorithm takes the original image, calculates the density of information and then subdivides it, based on a few user-controllable parameters.

The result is a mosaic of rectangles that highlight the subtle changes in the color palette of the original. The more information there is the on the original, the more it is subdivided and thus the smaller the rectangle elements. The less information, the larger the rectangle area. You could say there is a similarity to the painters’ approach of using broader and finer strokes.

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