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Computer Programmer Creates Beautiful Watercolor Paintings With Code

Sometimes it’s astonishing how good computer programmers are at making computers do a whole number of things you might never imagine a machine should do. Add painting to that list. Designer kenichi yoendi, also known as KYND, used an open sourced C++ kit called Open Frameworks FBO to build a series of animated watercolor paintings. Here are [...]

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Sometimes it’s astonishing how good computer programmers are at making computers do a whole number of things you might never imagine a machine should do. Add painting to that list. Designer kenichi yoendi, also known as KYND, used an open sourced C++ kit called Open Frameworks FBO to build a series of animated watercolor paintings.

Here are a few videos, showing his work:

KYND says he built the code in about a day:

I’ve been recalling sometimes that I was asked if it was possible to do my own watercolors in a video in the e-mail interview with Guernica Magazine. Since then I’ve been kind of haunted with the idea of mimicking my watercolors with codes but made no real attempt for a while. Finally in the last weekend I could spend about a day working on it and I think I got something close.

And for those who like to play with code themselves, you can find it here on Github. Go forth and make your computer minions paint for you.

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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