Art & Music: Creating Colorful Patterns (Spring 2024)

Here's a link to the third module, Colorful Patterns: Creating Art in the Style of Pollock:

Create art in the style of the artist Jackson Pollock in this module.

While experimenting with polka dots, the playful patterns reminded me of static TV noise. Inspired by this association, I put together the effect by incorporating a TV frame clipart, transforming the animated polka dots into a dynamic representation of a static TV screen, and adding a nostalgic touch to my project.

Update: I still like to keep the color palette the same since this is what I like about these pastel colors. In terms of the last class's comments and suggestions, I added code for the white noise TV sounds to my project as it completes the TV's visual and hearing effects.

Glitch Screen

I love your creativity in implementing the random polka dots into a TV screen. I would suggest adding black to your palette and also the static sound to see and hear it.

After watching the lines video, I started to think about what I could do with lines to make something interesting. I thought back to the many sci-fi movies I've seen and how they depict wormholes as colorful red, purple, and blue tunnels with different strands of pastel light leading toward a lighter circular "end to the tunnel". I tried to recreate this depiction in my project. I chose to use flat line ends because it makes you see rings in the tunnel even though they aren't explicitly made.

I think this is really cool. Have you thought about utilizing transparency to create new colors when others overlap with each other? I think this would give you more greys and dark colors that TVs have when they have static. Just a suggestion for something to explore if it interests you.

This is a preliminary version of my design. I want to explore different types of shapes and uses of random location-based design. I am looking to make something fun and ice cream themed. I will look to maintain similar bright colors and possibly some swirls to add to that design.

My focus on the revision was mainly to optimize the code and get it under 7 lines. I was able to do this by exploring new types of blocks in different sections.
For this project, I was just trying to show some rotating spirals and have them gradually change color, in this case, making them more beautiful.

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I liked a lot of the different pattern ideas displayed during class, so I decided to make something that utilizes a few of them.

I reuse my custom block for setting the pen color here again, so I can use native HSB values. I refactored my custom position block to use ternary operators to figure out the appropriate ranges for the random function. In regards to the custom brush texture, getting the texture to take on the color defined in the palette works a lot more on thoughts and prayers than the pen does, so some palettes work better than others.

All of the palettes used here I generated on


I liked a lot of the different pattern ideas displayed during class, so I decided to make something that utilizes a few of them.

I reuse my custom block for setting the pen color here again, so I can use native HSB values. I also made a custom block for specifying which quadrant to grab a random XY from, which, while not an elegant solution, is one that works. I use custom sensing reporters to simulate enums, so typos don't result in errors (or worse, unexpected behavior sans errors).

I really like how the lines look in this piece, and how the lines always end up being a gradient of some kind, because you used "change by" as opposed to "set to". My only concern is that the function for making a curve is called "Dot", I think it should be called "Curve" or something similar to make it's purpose more clear.

The main goal that I had for my piece was to create the random looking design and splatters that Jackson Pollock uses. For my design process, I first created two color palettes inspired by Jackson Pollock’s art. One with beige, white, black, and red and one with blue, purple, black, and yellow. I then created a code block that would generate random zigzags where each line is a different pen size and random color from my color palette. I then used the second palette to draw differently sized and completed circles in random positions. Finally, I added 300 polka dots with random sizes and locations.

In this project, I start with fewer lines and dots at the top and gradually increases in number towards the bottom. This creates an effect of accumulation, resembling how rain falls and grass grows over time.

I love how you created the random polka dots to create the static noise on a TV. I also really like how you used the warp and forever blocks to ensure that the static is continuously changing. My only suggestion would be to maybe add slightly more variation to the color palette such as changing brightness.

Previous: After looking into the work of Jackson Pollock I found a color scheme that really appealed to me and decided to base my piece around it as well as the sort of splatter effect that he creates using paint. I used colors like yellow, silver, and red contrasting a black background and arranged them in a way that most closely looked like the splatters I saw where parts would be really thick and opaque while it would thin out in others. This was the piece I based my work off of:

New: I kept the same painting in mind when continuing my work for this piece. I kept a majority of the functions I had created but changed their frequencies and colors. I also decided to add polka dots everywhere to resemble paint drops which are frequently present in Pollock's work. I used warp for a few of my functions to speed up the process of getting to the final product but left the natural creation of the curved lines and such to act as though a brush is painting on a canvas.

I love the wormhole idea, I think it looks amazing and the colors work really well together, it almost looks like a watercolor painting. I also appreciate the simplicity in your code!

For this project, I tried to make a capture of a galaxy. I looked up some images, and they all had mixed blue, purple, and red/orange colors. All the dots are randomized from sizes 1 - 5. I used random numbers on transparency because thicker/brighter dots look closer and lighter/high transparency dots look far away. Lastly, I drew 5 crosses on random spots to make it look more realistic.

Updated: I re-drew the stars so they look more realistic. When I looked up the stars they were more white-ish color not yellow. So, I changed the color to white and their shape. I added a reflection near them which emphasizes those are closer than the others. I unchecked the variable boxes so they don't cover the stage. Also, I put a 'hide' button so my turtle disappears afterward.

I love the idea that pen size increases on each line. I think it would've been nice if you changed other features of the pen like brightness, saturation, or transparency. Also, I think it is better to use the left of stage/right of stage when you pick a random starting point of your pen than use a specific number. Other than that, it looks amazing and artistic.

This is just a draft of what I want to do, but I had a lot of fun playing around with the different settings that can change the hues we're given. In my creation, I've layered brighter tone palettes over darker toned ones to add some dimension to the piece. I also divided the colors into quadrants by looking at the hue numbers and segmenting them off into pink/puple, orange/yellow, green, and blue.!%20Balloons

I enjoyed playing around with the basic polka dots that we went over in class. I wrote multiple blocks that adjusted hue, saturation, and brightness to come up with cool color dots, pastel dots, neon dots, and just a random color. Eventually, I settled on using the neon dots as they reminded me of the balloons from Up!. My Draw Balloons block also was inspired by this and creates a total of 10,297 balloons, which is the number of balloons the animators claimed were in the movie in most scenes. I want to stick to this balloon theme, so I intend to work on making my balloons more transparent next. I also would prefer to keep the top-down view of the balloons, but I'm open to input from others on what perspective to use.

I was sitting in front of a Windows computer and eating Mike and Ikes. I decided to separate the stage into quadrants and color it in using the logo colors and the candy shape. I changed the transparency twice for the shapes and create color palettes for different shades of red, yellow, green, and blue.

2/5/24 - Pollock
I worked on this project to try and implement color theory within the base snap features. Unfortunately, I encountered a weird effect whereby red seems to always be a selected color. I'm not sure the cause, though I suspect it likely has to do with HSB equations. Either way, I think it turned out well, mostly due to the idea of having random, but consistent directions across the given colors. Also, the tapering paint looks quite nice in my opinion

Edit: Figured out why it was red all the time, corrected it. Added additional ways to pick colors, and made each piece more consistent to Pollock's art style