Forma, Vol. 6 (No. 2), pp. 99-108, 1991
Original Paper

Computer Art Using Mathematical Functions

Mutsuko K. Sasaki

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-01, Japan

(Received January 7, 1991; Accepted March 1, 1991)

Keywords: Computer Art, Beautiful Picture, Functional Patterns, Function Method

Abstract. Mathematical functions are often used in computer art. Among many methods in computer art, the so-called function method uses mathematical functions most directly: it maps two-dimensional functions f(x, y) on the canvas. Although many patterns obtained by the function method are quite attractive, each pattern often lacks some essential factor of beauty when viewed as a picture. This article discusses how to generate beautiful pictures by a computer and presents ten pictures obtained by the function method. This shows that the, function method is quite promising in computer art.