Where did computer art, computer graphics, and computer animation start?
The written communication became shareable and widespread once the stone inscriptions were replaced by the movement of paper and ink. Likewise, once computer languages advance from machine code or assembly to third-generation computer languages, only then do they advance computer output from simple alphanumeric (possibly mosaic) prints to graphics and images with smooth curves and realism.
Computer graphic outputs got off to a humble beginning when alphanumeric characters are highlighted on TTY printers, printers to represent XY diagrams, and even mosaic images. It was raw, but it allowed more effective analysis of mathematical and scientific solutions. Computer programming languages, such as FORTRAN and BASIC, have facilitated the development and programming of printers, plotters, and CRT displays to display and print graphics and ultimately images.
The FORTRAN programming language – a personal and historical short review.
FORTRAN programming as a medium of art?
So it was possible to create an alphanumeric printed image of the famous Mona Lisa using FORTRAN printed phrases. This Mona Lisa picture was created by printing and overprinting the standard alphanumeric characters to create a piece of mosaic art to form a picture of that famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. I undone the print version of this computer and watched a replica of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Getting started with this primitive computer will be hours and days of hard work involving the following steps:
1) You will need to capture a copy of the original image and a grid (set to display 133 characters for a standard computer-printed page) on a portion of the transparency.
2) Place the grid transparency on top of the image, then fill the grid cells above the image with alphanumeric characters that will depict a mosaic of the original image.
3) Mark the grid cells to be printed (bold type) to create shading and texture matching the original image.
4) Now you can take and encode each line of the grid using FORTRAN print phrases.
5) Like a brush placed on a canvas, a computer-printed version of the Mona Lisa will appear after several days of coding.
For a complete version of this process and a mosaic produced by the Mona Lisa, check out the photos of Pisaca Web Albums at: http://picasaweb.google.com/carl.chesal/MonaLisaComputerArtFortran
Search started to reach 80 column card reader.
The FORTRAN symbol for Mona Lisa Mosaic is on the original 90-column punching cards. Access to an 80-column card reader can facilitate the transfer of the Mona Lisa FORTRAN code from its analog state to a digital edition. Using the online editor, I can again deploy the FORTRAN force to print copies of Mona Lisa's Computer Mosaic. Then 'Mosaic Mona' will be available for the world to enjoy.
My fascination with FORTRAN programming may stem from the fact that both FORTRAN and I were created by chance in 1954. Thank you John Backus for FORTRAN.