I was inspired by a piece of art my friend shared with me on Facebook. I don't know if there's an actual name for this style of art, but I call it ZigArt (as in, Zig-Zag). As inspired as I was, I have little artistic skill, but since the concept looked simple, I decided to program a quick app in GM to make these artistic images for me .
ZigArt is created using the following simple rules:
1) Every line starts from off the page.
2) Any lines in the background slope up-left, any lines in the foreground (i.e. part of the text) slope down-left.
3) When drawing a line, when you move from the background to the foreground, you turn into the foreground; when you move from the foreground to the background, you turn away from the foreground.
Those three simple rules create some pretty cool graphics; the logo above, the Loading image, and the icon were all created with this program.
When you start the program, you're asked for the text to draw, then you can choose a color. The background is always drawn with black lines, but you can have the text portions be drawn in a different color if you want.
Here's what an all-black ZigArt looks like (this is the style of the original image that inspired this program):
When you've chosen a color, you'll get to watch the entire process as the computer goes about its business generating your image line-by-line. If it looks like it's gotten stuck in a loop, don't worry; it's guaranteed never to get stuck longer than 3 seconds.
It's not perfect--there are situations in which it'll leave out a chunk of space in the middle--but if you stick to a one or two word limit, it should be great.
Let me know what you guys think!
*EDIT* Oh, and I even threw in an Easter egg, if you want to look for it .
Edited by IceMetalPunk, 25 October 2011 - 03:38 AM.