The WordPress blogging service provides the title “Hello world” when you initiate a blog with them. I kept this title because it happens to be traditional first output from a programming language that you would learn.
In many ways the title remains appropriate to this blog about Generative Arabic Letterism. The title very well signifies the birth of a new approach to both Generative Art and Arabic Letterism. I will try to speak about Arabic Letterism in a coming article as I just wish to announce here the birth of this new experiment.
My objective was to use programming to generate works of art that employed Arabic calligraphy motifs. I also aimed from the beginning to produce large works that could be displayed in galleries and other places alongside other works of art. This led me to consider using Adobe Illustrator program as the workbench for my experimentation as it both vector based and provided a programming extension.
The first attempt to create a work of art programmatically was based on area filling. The idea was to tightly fit random generated rectangles in the art board area and position an Arabic letter inside them. A recursive process was the natural solution. Through the recursive subdivision of the rectangular area of the art board, the whole of the area could be filled with rectangle. Below are some figures that illustrate the idea.
The function of the rectangle object mentioned earlier is to help in establishing the geometric order of the artwork. I created other objects to perform the coloration. These objects hold a color palette and would assign colors at random to the randomly generated rectangles and to the letter shapes, which are also selected at random from the database object.
As I hope to discuss in future articles, Generative Arabic Letterism also employs a number of contemporary paradigms in its process. The color palettes, for example, are sometimes borrowed from online color scheme web sites, such as Kuler. Generative Arabic Letterism thus attempts to build on publicly available creativity and synthesizing this knowledge in a new form of art.