Toby Skinner Generative Art Strands
'Strands' by Toby Skinner


Borrowing part of the algorithm from Streams, Strands does away with the cleanly separated channels along with the black background and stacked rectangles. The palette is built up from the make-up of 80's pop star Cyndi Lauper (see here for an example).

Each colour was sampled at an average of 3x3 and manually picked to try and re-create the 'look'.

The same algorithm is run 3 times to create 3 layers, each time the algorithm is asked to compress less and less strands into the target rectangle resulting in larger and larger cells appearing. Layers with larger cells overlay layers with smaller cells, these smaller cells can be seen in the gutters.

Every cell is drawn twice: a colour from the palette is chosen at random, a slightly de-saturated and transparent version of the colour is first used to draw a slightly larger version of the cell and then a fully solid version is drawn over. This leaves a small soft edge to each cell.

Detail (1:1)


9933 x 1403 (A0 Landscape)


Can this exact image be re-produced? The algorithm is non-seeded and uses random cell sizes, random cell colour (from a finite palette) and random 'channel' position along the x-axis. As such this exact image cannot be reproduced, however the algorithm can produce technically very similar images.

Are there any other images on this website that were generated by this algorithm? No other images were generated with this exact code. As stated in the description, the algorithm was borrowed from Streams and as such there are similarities between renders produced by the two projects.

Is this a limited edition print? No

How can I buy a print? Please get in touch with your requirements.