The Genesis of Laptop Artwork-FORTRAN (Backus) a Laptop Artwork Medium Creates a Mosaic Mona Lisa


The place did laptop artwork, laptop graphics and laptop animation start?

Written communication turned sharable and pervasive as soon as stone etchings have been changed with the mobility of paper and ink. Equally as soon as laptop languages superior from machine or meeting code to 3rd era laptop languages, solely then did laptop output advance from easy alphanumerical (possibly mosaic) printouts to graphics and pictures with easy curves and realism.

Laptop graphical output obtained its humble begin when alphanumeric characters hammered on TTY and line printers to signify X-Y graphs and even mosaic pictures. It was crude, however allowed for a simpler evaluation of mathematical and scientific options. Laptop programming languages like FORTRAN and BASIC made it simpler to develop and program printers, plotters and CRT screens to show and print graphics and in the end pictures.

The FORTRAN programming language – a private and historic quick assessment.

FORTRAN programming as an Artwork Medium?

So it was attainable to create an alphanumeric printout image of the well-known Mona Lisa utilizing FORTRAN print statements. This picture of the Mona Lisa was accomplished by printing and over-printing normal alphanumeric characters making a mosaic artwork piece to kind a picture of that well-known Leonardo da Vinci portray. Step again from this laptop printout and also you seen a easy duplicate of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Undertaking this rudimentary laptop artwork can be hours and days of tedious work involving the next steps:

1) You would wish to take a duplicate of the unique picture and a grid (mapping to the 133 character width of a normal laptop printout web page) on a chunk of transparency.

2) Place the grid transparency on high of the picture after which fill within the grid cells over the picture with alphanumeric characters that can depict a mosaic of the unique picture.

3) Spotlight these grid cells that might be overprinted (daring sort) to create shade and texture matching the unique picture.

4) Now you are taking every line of the grid and code it utilizing FORTRAN print statements.

5) Like a brush to canvas the pc printout picture of Mona Lisa will take kind after many days of coding.

For a accomplished model of this course of and a ensuing laptop mosaic of the Mona Lisa try the Pisaca Internet Albums pictures at:

The search has begun for entry to an 80 column punch card reader.

The FORTRAN code for the Mona Lisa Mosaic is on unique 90-column punch playing cards. Gaining access to an 80-column card reader may facilitate shifting the Mona Lisa FORTRAN code from its analog state to a digital model. Utilizing a web-based editor, I may as soon as once more deploy the ability of FORTRAN to print copies of ‘laptop mosaic’ Mona Lisa. Then ‘Mosaic Mona’ can be out there for the world to get pleasure from.

My infatuation with FORTRAN programming might need stemmed from the truth that each FORTRAN and I have been coincidentally created in 1954. Thanks John Backus for FORTRAN.


Supply by Carl Chesal

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