I was inspired by Roger Alsing’s supposed “genetic” image compression. It begs for further experimentation!
Here’s my second batch of image reconstruction using Times New Roman characters. The algorithm is a brute-force affair: New characters are colored & positioned randomly. Any characters that make the canvas look more like the original image are saved. And that’s about it. Oh, and the font sizes start large (5120pt) and end small (10pt), so that fine details have a chance of survival.
My first batch uses a different algorithm. Each canvas allocates a certain quantity of letters, and progressively mutates them, trying to mimic the original image as closely as possible. This technique is more akin to image compression. This batch is still in progress, it’s very slow. I’ll post these when they’re ready!