Generative Butterflies

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    1. izzzard 94 months ago | reply

      "[V]ector cross products and magnetic repulsion"?
      . . . .
      Pretty flutterbys!!!

    2. .rexguo 94 months ago | reply

      An excellent experiment. Wish you great success!

    3. James Whíte 94 months ago | reply

      Whoa, this is bananas. Nice one!

    4. toxi 94 months ago | reply

      I really can't remember seeing a nicer and more fitting use for Voronoi's ;) Marvellous! Makes want to pick up my voronoi treemap experiments again...

      So do you predefine the outline of the wings before placing the particles or could you make these (outlines) emergent, e.g. based on the distance threshold to main magnets in each wing?

    5. flight404 94 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Been a fun journey so far...

      Yeah, the wing outlines were part of a different sketch. Basically, I traced a butterfly wing (African Monarch I think) roughly and bezier interpolated a bunch of extra points inbetween. I then mutate the wings curves using noise, sin and cos, and random numbers. I wanted the wings to look like they belong to the same family so the differences between them are subtle.

      Then I manually dropped in the larger dots (magnets) and filled the wing with particles. The particles respond to the magnets and the shape of the wing and try to organize themselves as best they can. Ideally, the large dot placement would influence the wing shape, or the wing shape would dictate the placement of the large dots, but since the deadline is getting close, manual placement made the most sense to me.

    6. flavouz 94 months ago | reply


      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    7. smallfly 94 months ago | reply

      Really nice. I can not wait to see all this in motion.
      I now need to go to the park to keep all the butterflies in the loop.

    8. clickykbd 94 months ago | reply

      yup... dig this application of your previous exploration.

    9. gamany 94 months ago | reply

      this is spectacular

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