MEDA102- Beginning to Code

Since the last tutorial, where we were finally introduced to the programming world through the “Processing” software, I have been hard at work through the week to try and understand specific functions and practice making simple artworks of my own.

I’m not gonna lie, I struggled immensely initially in trying to make sense of the coding language. Many hours were spent in trying to figure out how to rectify the many errors that popped up and what the hell they even meant! However, through the use of the processing.org website, as well as the book “Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists” by Casey Reas and Ben Fry, I have started to comprehend a little of the various functions and language used for coding.

Although not exactly successful, I attempted with this piece to replicate the spacing of circles, much like Bridget Riley’s Encircling Discs with Black. However, as I continued to struggle with the spacing aspect of the piece, I decided to simply to my own thing and just try different elements and see what happens.

One of the important variables used for this piece was the X & Y, as they were key in me being able to incorporate more than 1 circle in the piece. I also learned that having X = width/2 is essential in the positioning of the circle and although I haven’t quite perfected my skill in doing this I believe I have taken a significant step towards mastering it.

 

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Loop Practice
Normally it’s meant to move, but could only convert to .jpg file

In conclusion, my first experience with Processing was immensely challenging but also hugely rewarding, as it has provided me with greater knowledge which will be immensely useful in the future

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