Welcome! This is a site showcasing generative art by @TheMapSmith.

What is Generative Art?

Generative art refers to art that in whole or in part has been created with the use of an autonomous system. An autonomous system in this context is generally one that is non-human and can independently determine features of an artwork that would otherwise require decisions made directly by the artist.


What’s Here?

I’ve spent the last few months tweaking an algorithm to create random solar systems using a few fixed parameters and a bunch of random numbers.

Along the way, I’ve had to learn about HTML Canvas, trigonometry, JavaScript, Node, and SVG.

I use my Cricut “pen plotter” to draw them at home. Then I ship them to you!

For a review of how I got into Generative Art, check out my Explorations in Generative Art post.

To get a quick overview of the algorithm that makes these pieces, there is a brief explanation (with handy diagrams) in my Orbital Explanations post.

Each print is #1 of 1

I’m only making one of each random solar system.

Along the way I created many test prints that have some minor flaws or imperfections which you might find charming. If you’d like one of them they’re available for a reduced cost.