IDEA

In early 2003, I saw a short film by Jenny Woo at day60 in which she had animated scribbled line drawings on top of digital video footage. The effect was charming but incredibly labour intensive. She had hand-drawn over 2,000 frames for less than two minutes of animation, a process that had taken nearly two weeks. As a result of our converstaion I became interested in creating some sort of automated digital process that would create complex and interesting line drawings.

 

BASIC CONCEPT

The Scribbler takes simple vector based input (in the case of the online toy, your drawing) and creates its own drawing on top of it based on a number of simple rules. When a new scribble line is created it chooses a few numbers at random that eventually determine what sort of line it will draw. As it begins to draw it fine tunes those values to the type of drawing that you've made. Certain scribbles are better at following straight paths, others are better at outlining curves, and others are better for filling in large areas of color. Because there is randomness built into the program, each scribble is unique.

In the version I've posted on-line you can adjust some of the values that Scribbler would normally choose at random, such as line thickness, line color, and the dubiously labelled scribbliness setting, which in this case determines the maximum length of a scribble line. You are essentially collaborating with the Scribbler on a drawing.

 

 

SOME TESTS

many user generated images can be found in the Scribbler Gallery
others can be found on flickr

animation test - 20 second test reduced in size for the web
animation test - 1 second full size test, thin black line, 1pt stroke
animation test - 1 second full size test, thin black line, varying stroke
animation test - 1 second full size test, transparent marker fill
animation test - 1 second full size test, transparent marker outline

 

 

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

the scribbler robot