David Calloway is creating Algorithmic Art
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What I do:  As an algorithmic artist, I write  computer software with quite a bit of randomness that I set loose to create wonderful, intricate, and visually-interesting works.  

What is this Patreon thing???  Patreon is a platform that enables anyone to be a Patron of the Arts for as little as $1/month.  You select the artists you want to support and tell Patreon how much you want to contribute each month to reward the artists whose works you value. Patreon is a platform designed to encourage artists to continue producing their work by providing a small monetary reward as a token of your appreciation and your encouragement for what we do.  

Artists, for their part, pledge to produce at least one work of art each month and describe what we make and how we make it.  Our patrons become a community of friends who can read about the work we do and better understand why we do what we do and the process we go through in making each particular piece.   Artists can also provide various rewards to our patrons based on the level of support provided.  For example, my rewards range from a hearty "THANKS!" for a $1 monthly contribution to my tip jar, to a top reward of original pieces of art each quarter for someone with an interest in collecting.

What's my niche?  I've created several different types of algorithmic art and I hope to share some examples of my work here on Patreon.   For those who might be wondering, algorithmic art is a work of art that is produced entirely by a computer algorithm, a computer program written by the artist - it is essentially an artistic result that comes from a sequence of mathematical equations.  You might think of the computer as the paint and canvas, while the algorithm is my paintbrush.  

My programs range from simulations of physical contraptions that could never really exist in the real world to simply writing some math equations that I intentionally design to produce some image that I'd like to see appear on the virtual canvas of the computer.  In the first case, I don't always have a particular result in mind and the image the algorithm produces is often a surprise -- if it's a good surprise a work of art is created!   If not, I tweak the program and try again.  

In the second case, I have an image in my mind of what I'm trying to convince a computer to produce and I try to string together some mathematical equations in an attempt to make that image come to life.  In either case, it's often the process that is the motivating factor for me, and not always the result.  I ask myself, "what can I do with science and  mathematics that can entice a computer to produce something new and interesting without human intervention" (other than saying "GO!")?  

My art comes directly out of the computer using the algorithms I've coded into the programs I write.  At its core, every work I make is based purely on mathematics.

What are the Creations and Activity links about?  Each time I create a new, print-worthy work of art I post the result to my Patreon Creations page (you can find the link at the top of this page).  I try to make a new "Creation" at least once each month, and often I end up with several.  As I work through various issues and discuss what I'm trying to do and the process I go through to make my artwork, I post these discussions to the Activity page (the Activity link is up at the top of this page, too).  I often post my failures, which quite often result in strange, unexpected images of one sort or another.  Sometimes, a "failure" (when the resulting image is nothing like the result I was hoping for) ends up being something quite strange and different - and perhaps even becomes a work of art in its own right - even if it was not something I intended to make.  Those are often the results that lead me in a new direction!

So, the Activity pages are kind of like an on-going blog about my process while the Creation pages show primarily just the end results, the final works.

Flowers from Algol:  An Example  of my Creative Process for Making Algorithmic Art.  For the first few weeks I will share a perennial favorite that I've been working on for many years.  In fact, I've been tweaking, and improving this particular algorithm for almost ten years.  This algorithm produces a flower that emerges spontaneously from a blank canvas background, appearing to materialize out of empty space.  I produce these flowers by running a computer program I've written to model a strange contraption.  This imaginary device consists of 1024 springs that are all connected to one another in a ring.  My program models the physics of the springs, making their motion react like a set of real springs would react if they were stretched and released to vibrate in space.  I simulate the process of stretching out the contraption, releasing it, and I then draw a fine line representing the position of each spring at an instant in time.  After shortening the length of each spring by a small, random amount and then calculating the physics of motion and adjusting the new position of each spring over a very short duration of time, I draw their new positions and repeat this process many thousands of times.  As the contraption collapses, a beautiful flower spontaneously emerges.  

The image shown above (in the banner of this page) is a small thumbprint of an actual drawing.  The original is over 12,000 x 15,000 pixels and is printed on heavyweight, 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper using archival-quality pigmented resin ink.  You can see the full image at somewhat higher resolution than this thumbnail on my "Creations" page...it's the image for Week 1.
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Thanks for the tip!  Your patronage is genuinely appreciated and your $1 tip let's me know that you like what I do and motivates me to do more.  Any reward, including this $1 tip, tells me that you enjoy seeing the artwork I produce and would like to see me continue producing similar works.  You will have access to all the creations and activity postings, where I post examples of my art and reveal the inside information on how I create each image.
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Welcome Gift:  All patrons pledging $5 per month will receive a welcome gift of an 11"x14" signed and numbered print of one of my drawings.  This welcome gift will be printed on high quality, 100% cotton rag, acid-free  paper using archival ink.  You will also be able to download a high resolution jpeg image of each of the drawings that I make for Patreon.  You are free to use these images as screen savers or to print your own cards or other prints for personal use.  Finally, you will have full access to all my Patreon Creation and Activity pages.
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You've Been Carded!   In addition to the 11"x14" welcome gift print, each patron pledging $8 per month will receive a monthly greeting card with one of my drawings featured on the card.  The interior of the card will be blank and allow the patron to use it for any purpose they desire:  a thank-you note, a  note to a friend, a birthday card, etc.  Patrons in the US who provide a mailing address will receive a physical card via the US postal service.  If I can cost-effectively mail to other countries, I will do so.  
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Random Rewards:  In addition to receiving the welcome gift print and all the weekly greeting card rewards, I will randomly select one patron pledging $12 or more per month to receive a signed and numbered print of the "Drawing of the Month".  The print will be made with archival pigmented resin ink on heavy weight, acid-free 100% cotton rag paper.  Since so much of my art is based on randomness, I like this reward a lot!
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My goal is not really to sell my artwork, but rather to know that there are individuals out there that appreciate what I do.  Achieving this first goal is simply validation that what I do is interesting and appreciated.
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What I do:  As an algorithmic artist, I write  computer software with quite a bit of randomness that I set loose to create wonderful, intricate, and visually-interesting works.  

What is this Patreon thing???  Patreon is a platform that enables anyone to be a Patron of the Arts for as little as $1/month.  You select the artists you want to support and tell Patreon how much you want to contribute each month to reward the artists whose works you value. Patreon is a platform designed to encourage artists to continue producing their work by providing a small monetary reward as a token of your appreciation and your encouragement for what we do.  

Artists, for their part, pledge to produce at least one work of art each month and describe what we make and how we make it.  Our patrons become a community of friends who can read about the work we do and better understand why we do what we do and the process we go through in making each particular piece.   Artists can also provide various rewards to our patrons based on the level of support provided.  For example, my rewards range from a hearty "THANKS!" for a $1 monthly contribution to my tip jar, to a top reward of original pieces of art each quarter for someone with an interest in collecting.

What's my niche?  I've created several different types of algorithmic art and I hope to share some examples of my work here on Patreon.   For those who might be wondering, algorithmic art is a work of art that is produced entirely by a computer algorithm, a computer program written by the artist - it is essentially an artistic result that comes from a sequence of mathematical equations.  You might think of the computer as the paint and canvas, while the algorithm is my paintbrush.  

My programs range from simulations of physical contraptions that could never really exist in the real world to simply writing some math equations that I intentionally design to produce some image that I'd like to see appear on the virtual canvas of the computer.  In the first case, I don't always have a particular result in mind and the image the algorithm produces is often a surprise -- if it's a good surprise a work of art is created!   If not, I tweak the program and try again.  

In the second case, I have an image in my mind of what I'm trying to convince a computer to produce and I try to string together some mathematical equations in an attempt to make that image come to life.  In either case, it's often the process that is the motivating factor for me, and not always the result.  I ask myself, "what can I do with science and  mathematics that can entice a computer to produce something new and interesting without human intervention" (other than saying "GO!")?  

My art comes directly out of the computer using the algorithms I've coded into the programs I write.  At its core, every work I make is based purely on mathematics.

What are the Creations and Activity links about?  Each time I create a new, print-worthy work of art I post the result to my Patreon Creations page (you can find the link at the top of this page).  I try to make a new "Creation" at least once each month, and often I end up with several.  As I work through various issues and discuss what I'm trying to do and the process I go through to make my artwork, I post these discussions to the Activity page (the Activity link is up at the top of this page, too).  I often post my failures, which quite often result in strange, unexpected images of one sort or another.  Sometimes, a "failure" (when the resulting image is nothing like the result I was hoping for) ends up being something quite strange and different - and perhaps even becomes a work of art in its own right - even if it was not something I intended to make.  Those are often the results that lead me in a new direction!

So, the Activity pages are kind of like an on-going blog about my process while the Creation pages show primarily just the end results, the final works.

Flowers from Algol:  An Example  of my Creative Process for Making Algorithmic Art.  For the first few weeks I will share a perennial favorite that I've been working on for many years.  In fact, I've been tweaking, and improving this particular algorithm for almost ten years.  This algorithm produces a flower that emerges spontaneously from a blank canvas background, appearing to materialize out of empty space.  I produce these flowers by running a computer program I've written to model a strange contraption.  This imaginary device consists of 1024 springs that are all connected to one another in a ring.  My program models the physics of the springs, making their motion react like a set of real springs would react if they were stretched and released to vibrate in space.  I simulate the process of stretching out the contraption, releasing it, and I then draw a fine line representing the position of each spring at an instant in time.  After shortening the length of each spring by a small, random amount and then calculating the physics of motion and adjusting the new position of each spring over a very short duration of time, I draw their new positions and repeat this process many thousands of times.  As the contraption collapses, a beautiful flower spontaneously emerges.  

The image shown above (in the banner of this page) is a small thumbprint of an actual drawing.  The original is over 12,000 x 15,000 pixels and is printed on heavyweight, 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper using archival-quality pigmented resin ink.  You can see the full image at somewhat higher resolution than this thumbnail on my "Creations" page...it's the image for Week 1.

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Pledge $1 or more per month
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Thanks for the tip!  Your patronage is genuinely appreciated and your $1 tip let's me know that you like what I do and motivates me to do more.  Any reward, including this $1 tip, tells me that you enjoy seeing the artwork I produce and would like to see me continue producing similar works.  You will have access to all the creations and activity postings, where I post examples of my art and reveal the inside information on how I create each image.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Welcome Gift:  All patrons pledging $5 per month will receive a welcome gift of an 11"x14" signed and numbered print of one of my drawings.  This welcome gift will be printed on high quality, 100% cotton rag, acid-free  paper using archival ink.  You will also be able to download a high resolution jpeg image of each of the drawings that I make for Patreon.  You are free to use these images as screen savers or to print your own cards or other prints for personal use.  Finally, you will have full access to all my Patreon Creation and Activity pages.
Pledge $8 or more per month
0 patrons
You've Been Carded!   In addition to the 11"x14" welcome gift print, each patron pledging $8 per month will receive a monthly greeting card with one of my drawings featured on the card.  The interior of the card will be blank and allow the patron to use it for any purpose they desire:  a thank-you note, a  note to a friend, a birthday card, etc.  Patrons in the US who provide a mailing address will receive a physical card via the US postal service.  If I can cost-effectively mail to other countries, I will do so.  
Pledge $12 or more per month
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Random Rewards:  In addition to receiving the welcome gift print and all the weekly greeting card rewards, I will randomly select one patron pledging $12 or more per month to receive a signed and numbered print of the "Drawing of the Month".  The print will be made with archival pigmented resin ink on heavy weight, acid-free 100% cotton rag paper.  Since so much of my art is based on randomness, I like this reward a lot!