As a result of my deep dive into the NFT space, I came across the wonderful world of generative art.
It had been a while since I coded anything, but reading about the techniques and software used to produce generative art really re-ignited my passion for coding, and more importantly, opened the door to exploring my creativity in an artistic way.
At some point in my childhood I had written myself off as an artist because I equated art to drawing and painting, and I was never naturally talented at those.
Generative art gave me a new avenue to explore, and I decided to give focus my time and attention on this space very seriously towards the end of 2022.
If you’re into generative art collecting or want to learn more about this niche, I recommend three communities in particular. These are communities that you can gain access to by holding a pass in the form of an NFT:
The Art Blocks Discord is free to join and is also a fantastic place to discuss generative art. Art Blocks is the most popular generative art platform, although a few challengers have been popping up, like Gen.art and gm.Studio.
I’ve also recorded a few podcast episodes about generative art NFTs so check out Mastermind.fm for those.
Here are some good resources to get started with generative art and creative coding.
- That Creative Code
- The Coding Train
- Artblocks 101
- Generative art resources
- Generative art guide
- Generative Artistry
- The art of code
- Generative art speedrun
- Code goes in, art comes out (Tyler Hobbs)
- The generative artist’s toolkit (Ben Kovach)
Open Source Sketches
If you’re a creative coder or you’re interested in learning how to create generative art, these are the best communities for you:
- P5js Reddit
- Birb’s nest Discord
- Generative Discord
- Coding Train Discord
- Tim Rodenbroker Creative Coding Discord
- Grailers DAO Discord (#gen art school)