The visual art or other aesthetic results generated by Mathematica.

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xkcd-style graphs

I received an email to which I wanted to respond with a xkcd-style graph, but I couldn't manage it. Everything I drew looked perfect, and I don't have enough command over ...
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How to create word clouds?

Word clouds are rather useless fancy and visually appealing plots, where words are plotted with different sizes according to their frequency in a corpus. Many applications exist out there (Wordle, ...
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Sketch-type graphics with transparency and dashed hidden lines?

I'd like to create transparent graphs like the following from P1095, Calculus 6th Ed, by James Stewart. Can Mathematica accomplish this? By "transparent," I mean the ability to see the interior, ...
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Artistic image vectorization

The question is how can we use Mathematica to create vectorized versions of low-resolution images? The goal is to get an image suitable for quality printing at any resolution. Since "true" ...
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How to create a new “person curve”?

Wolfram|Alpha has a whole collection¹ of parametric curves that create images of famous people. To see them, enter WolframAlpha["person curve"] into a Mathematica ...
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Implementing a first person view of 3D objects in a scene

I've created the following scene with a Chinese-style building surrounded by trees, and a horse and a rabbit grazing on the grass in Mathematica (don't ask me why there's a bust of Beethoven in there.....
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How to make an inkblot?

How to effectively create a polygon that looks like a realistic inkblot? So far, I could come up with this (borrowing from Ed Pegg Jr.'s Rorschach demonstration): ...
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Generating visually pleasing circle packs

EDIT: (my conclusion and thank you note) I want to thank you all guys for this unexpected intellectual and artistic journey. Hope you had fun and enjoyed it the same as I did. I would like to ...
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How to create animated snowfall?

Well, the title is self-explanatory. What sorts of snowfall can we generate using Mathematica? There are two options I suggest to consider: 1) Continuous GIF animations with smallest possible number ...
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Distribution of random points in 3D space to simulate the Crab Nebula

I'm generating some 3D models of planetary nebulae and supernova remnants for Celestia, a free OpenGL astronomy software. Currently, I know how to do it with random points inside a spherical shell. ...
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How to get StreamPlot to draw many hundreds of streamlines?

For artistic reasons, I want to draw an extremely dense StreamPlot with something like a thousand streamlines. I tried setting ...
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DumpsterDoofus's captivating generative art

How can I render these beautiful images that DumpsterDoofus posted?
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How do I draw a pair of buttocks?

I'm trying to develop a function which 3D plot would have a buttocks like shape. Several days of searching the web and a dozen my of own attempts to solve the issue have brought nothing but two ...
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How to generate a random snowflake

'Tis the season... And it's about time I posed my first question on Mathematica Stack Exchange. So, here's an holiday quest for you Graphics (and P-Chem?) gurus. What is your best code for generating ...
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Generating stippled (Penrose-style) drawings of surfaces

In The Road to Reality there are plots of surfaces that use a variable density of dots to suggest curvature. You can see some examples here and here. I suppose they've been drawn by Penrose, but ...
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How to create hedcut style images?

Yesterday the hedcut style was brought up in chat. How can we create a hedcut-like style automatically in Mathematica, using a photograph as a starting point? I am looking to create a similar ...
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How can this image (optical illusion) be created with Mathematica?

I came across this image the other day: and liked the sensation of it pulsing. I was wondering if anyone would know how to create something similar with Mathematica (without the Pink Floyd Dark ...
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How to make the digits of π go around in a spiral like this?

Here is a start. MapIndexed[Text[Reverse[First[RealDigits[Pi,10,252]]][[Tr@#2]],#]&, Table[{t Cos[t],t Sin[t]},{t,0,16Pi,0.2}]]//Graphics
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Drawing pairs (planar graph, circle packing)

Circle packing theorem states: For every connected simple planar graph G there is a circle packing in the plane whose intersection graph is (isomorphic to) G. How to use Mathematica to draw examples ...
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Random non-overlapping disks in a square

I've found a nice code snippet by @belisarius from this question, that I'll reproduce here for reference: ...
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Smooth Peter de Jong attractor

Today I was playing with Peter de Jong attractor. At the bottom of the page I've linked there are beautiful examples like: My attempts are not so great: It is around 10^5 points. For more than 5*...
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Playing with Matrix falling code in Mathematica

I was trying to create a Matrix falling code image with Mathematica. Here is my code: ...
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Approximating an ornamental curve

How do I go about approximating this ornamental curve? Note variable thickness typical in calligraphy. Handbook and Atlas of Curves by E.V. Shikin (1995) contains many directions, including curve ...
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How can I create a fountain effect?

Inspired by this (please use Chrome or Firefox), I tried to simulate it, but I couldn't do it. I'm not familiar with Dynamic. Here is my simple code: ...
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How to create effect like Van Gogh's stroke brush?

I need to apply Van Gogh's stroke brush effect to a random image Take the following image as an example: Thank you so much if you could help!
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Is there a way to recreate the typical Red/Blue-Postereffect using Mathematica?

I think nearly all of us have at least once seen an image like this: So I wondered whether it is possible to recreate this effect using Mathematica because it seems like it wouldn't need that many ...
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Creating a cloud of blocks that form I ♥ U in different viewpoints

This picture shown bellow has three shapes with different view angle (I ♥ U). How to do this type of model? A few tries: ...
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Animating moving surface of torus

I would like to try to recreate something similar to Paolo Čerić's torus animation: I have isolated the moving surface torus section form this Wolfram Demonstration by Kevin Sonnanburg: ...
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How to partition a disk into individually spaced bricks?

What I want to do is in any way produce a picture that looks like this Given a set of words, how can I partition a disk into bricks for these words, such that it looks good? Here is my sucky ...
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How can we show the boundary of a WordCloud shape?

WordCloud can arrange the words inside a shape. ...
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Custom edge style (e.g. brush stroke, writing ink, etc.)

I would like to draw a graph with Mathematica in such a way that it looks like a handmade drawing or painting. To be more precise, is there a way to set a custom edge style such that it looks made ...
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A method to draw a surface around a set of regularly spaced points

This is mostly an artistic endeavour. I have a 3D array of points, 1 representing a point within the surface, -1 without. The shape is not convex. I would like to produce a surface which encloses the ...
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How to fill in an irregular border of an image

I have the following code which draws a graphic, and colors the regions in it in different colors: ...
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Disconnected Frame/Axes in Plots

Is it possible to have "Tufte" style figure axes? That is so that the axes do not need to connect or span the entire data range? For an example of what I mean from the R's default histogram style: ...
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Recognize simple shapes in an image and color them randomly?

I have an image of polygons built from a polar function (see below). I'd like to color each triangle or quadrilateral a random color. Firstly, I'm not sure how to separate the simple shapes. ...