Evolving Line Drawings

Ellie Baker, Margo Seltzer

Abstract

This paper explores the application of interactive genetic algorithms to the creation of line drawings. We have built a system that mates or mutates drawings selected by the user to create a new generation of drawings. The initial population from which the user makes selections may be generated randomly or input manually. The process of selection and procreation is repeated many times to evolve a drawing. A wide variety of complex sketches with highlighting and shading can be evolved from very simple drawings. This technique has potential for augmenting and enhancing the power of traditional computer-aided drawing tools, and for expanding the repertoire of the computer-assisted artist.

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