The Genesis of Pc Artwork-FORTRAN (Backus) a Computer Art Medium Makes a Mosaic Mona Lisa

Exactly where did personal computer art, laptop graphics and personal computer animation start out?

Prepared conversation turned sharable and pervasive when stone etchings have been changed with the mobility of paper and ink. Likewise at the time laptop languages advanced from device or assembly code to third technology computer system languages, only then did personal computer output progress from basic alphanumerical (perhaps mosaic) printouts to graphics and illustrations or photos with smooth curves and realism.

Personal computer graphical output obtained its humble commence when alphanumeric people hammered on TTY and line printers to characterize X-Y graphs and even mosaic photographs. It was crude, but authorized for a more successful investigation of mathematical and scientific remedies. Laptop programming languages like FORTRAN and Basic designed it much easier to establish and application printers, plotters and CRT screens to show and print graphics and in the long run photos.

The FORTRAN programming language – a own and historic quick evaluate.

FORTRAN programming as an Art Medium?

So it was possible to build an alphanumeric printout picture of the famed Mona Lisa applying FORTRAN print statements. This impression of the Mona Lisa was performed by printing and above-printing typical alphanumeric characters generating a mosaic artwork piece to kind an graphic of that famed Leonardo da Vinci painting. Stage back from this laptop printout and you considered a straightforward replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Carrying out this rudimentary computer art would be several hours and times of tedious do the job involving the following techniques:

1) You would will need to get a copy of the primary graphic and a grid (mapping to the 133 character width of a standard computer system printout web site) on a piece of transparency.

2) Location the grid transparency on top rated of the picture and then fill in the grid cells more than the impression with alphanumeric figures that will depict a mosaic of the primary graphic.

3) Emphasize all those grid cells that will be overprinted (bold style) to develop shade and texture matching the first impression.

4) Now you choose just about every line of the grid and code it making use of FORTRAN print statements.

5) Like a brush to canvas the pc printout impression of Mona Lisa will get variety after quite a few days of coding.

For a done version of this procedure and a ensuing pc mosaic of the Mona Lisa check out the Pisaca World-wide-web Albums photographs at:

The lookup has begun for access to an 80 column punch card reader.

The FORTRAN code for the Mona Lisa Mosaic is on original 90-column punch playing cards. Obtaining entry to an 80-column card reader could facilitate shifting the Mona Lisa FORTRAN code from its analog point out to a digital edition. Employing an on the web editor, I could once once more deploy the electric power of FORTRAN to print copies of ‘computer mosaic’ Mona Lisa. Then ‘Mosaic Mona’ would be obtainable for the entire world to delight in.

My infatuation with FORTRAN programming could possibly have stemmed from the fact that each FORTRAN and I ended up coincidentally created in 1954. Thank you John Backus for FORTRAN.

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