|WAP Users | ringtones | wallpapers
New! Create your own Hairy Drawings with my hair particle drawing generator! (69k shockwave)! Or you can generate hair drawings from application versions that allow you pull local files and save your output.
Images with good contrast work best, I have provided some rudimentary controls that allow you to lighten lights, darken darks and bump contrast. I may add more controls in the future. You can press the load image button which will allow you to copy and paste the url of any image on the internet to create a hair particle drawing of. Be patient the hair may take several minutes to grow into a recognizable image. Enjoy!
Small version of Hairy Bush (188k shockwave generative animated drawing)!
Nov 6th 2008- Jan. 18th 2009
Hair Particle Drawing Project - OpenFrameWorks version
The new openframworks version of the hair particle drawing project with some sample source code is here!
110th Congressional Assembly, worst ever!
The 110th Congressional assembly has the worst job approval rating since pollsters have been able to track such things. So this particular congressional leadership has been immortalized in infamy with the hair particle drawing project.
This series was done in openframeworks.
I have uploaded these images to my Flickr account so be sure to check out the set!
Hair Particle drawing algorithm
The hair particle drawing project was originally intended to be and still is a component of a larger ongoing project. It is based around a particle fx engine I wrote for a game some time ago. I altered the particles to behave like growing hair. In the early stages of development the particles rendered long and flowing hair with loose curls. For the Big Hairy Bush application hair with a tighter more erratic curl was required. In general, hair growing in darker areas grows longer, thicker and maintains a tighter curl. This is to preserve some of the detail that would get overgrown otherwise. Hair will continue to grow over time. This portrait of President Bush was grown over a weekend.
Big Hairy Bush is intended to be non-partisan and humorous. It is my belief that all career politicians have something unattractive that they hide. Intentional or not the nature of their careers require compromise and back door dealing. President Bush was a convenient subject for this exercise but it is certainly possible to replace Bush with any career politician from either political party.
The beauty industry and the advertising industry have conditioned us to hide or cover up so called "unwanted hair" such as back hair, pubic hair, arm pit hair and leg hair. We cover it up, shave it and wax it off. With the proliferation of mass media it is desirable to white wash the unattractive traits of politicians. Using hair as a metaphor for that which is undesirable, what would politicians look like if they did not cover up their unwanted hair?
A small gif thumbnail of the President was downloaded and is used by the application for reference. The gif is parsed by the application at runtime grayscale index color values are stored in a lookup table. A particle manager was coded to prevent the application from overloading. The particle manager references the lookup table and based on the lookup table data it assigns a group of hair particles to various locations in the canvas area and initializes them.
Once a particle has been initialized it begins to draw itself maintaining a variety of vectors including, scale, opacity, mutators, growth direction and life span. Mutators are passed to the particles to cause them to grow gray or more kinky. When a particle has reached the end of its life span it disposes of itself and messages the particle manager that it is done drawing.
Hair Delay gone tomorrow
I went ahead and started rendering out some bigger hair particle drawing project images since this project will most likely get some attention from Siggraph. The above drawing is of former Republican majority leader Tom Delay. The photo is from a mug shot. I have a series of Republicans in mind and then I will probably get to some Democrats too. I am not a big supporter of any political party. It is sad and frustrating but I really feel that the average American gets little representation by either political party.