Lines & Interpretations | Final Project Concept

New Idea | Brain Storming Phase

For my final project, I will be creating a new sketch but using the lessons from my exploratory sketch. Before developing a sketch, I will look at what has already been created and understand their methodology and the process behind the art piece and not just the final outcome of the work. Next, I will block out the basic mechanisms of the code in my head, before actually writing and executing the code. Hence, for this week I will just be solely focusing on the conceptualization process of my final project.

Process Inspirations

William Anastasi, Subway Drawing

One of the artworks that inspired me was “Subway Drawing” not because of his abstract drawing, however his methodology of building a simple with a set of simple rules yet producing such a surprising result. I always tried to create and structure my code based on real-life examples, so this could be one of the methodologies to apply for my basic mechanism.

Key takeaway: Simple system yet producing a surprising result. (Applying this methodology to the basic mechanism of the code)

Casey Reas, Path

A sketch by Casey Reas, who is also the co-founder of Processing. “Path” creates a very smooth flowing of lines, that may look a simple piece of artwork to the audience, yet behind the scenes requires complicated coding to develop such an aesthetic experience.

Programming nowadays serves as a mathematical expression, but also as an aesthetic experience.

Concept Idea for Final Project

For my final project, I will continue to use Processing as my medium. Drawing the idea of abstract drawing and trail from both of these artists, I will be creating an abstract path drawing using processing. What distinct my idea from both of the artists is the ability to translate this abstract path drawing into 3D. Referencing from my past exploratory sketch experience, I will be using a similar particle system; however, with a new set of behaviour and characteristics (Number of lines, Speed of the lines, size, the separation between each line)

Element of Surprise 


The element of surprise comes from the experiences and interpretation of the viewer. The viewing of the abstract paths can change completely depending on the angle from which the audience views it. As such, at every different angle of the 3D abstract path, it will display a new meaning to the artwork based on our unconscious visual bias. For instance, the position of the photographer, the angle of the sun and the formation of the clouds can make all the difference in a landscape shot. Hence, the audience will see different elements and notice nuances that one single perspective cannot accommodate.


This is still a work in progress idea but I believe this idea will be more apparent once the basic mechanism of the sketch is completed. 

Time Frame

This will be the draft project schedule, to ensure that I keep track of my progress.

Week 8 – Conceptualise

Week 9 – Basic mechanism of the sketch

Week 10-12  – Sketch Improvements

Week 13 – Presentation of Final Project






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