Peacocks are created using a custom peacock generator application written in OpenFrameworks. Each peacock is programmatically generated, and therefore unique. Peacocks are printed on a pen plotter and then water colored by hand. Each peacock is a triptych, composed of three 11 x 17″ pieces to compose the complete work. Below is the programmatic generation of my friend “Franklin.” More pen plotter works can be seen in Drawing Machine.

The output from the custom software is sent as lines to the pen plotter in three separate pieces.

After the pieces have been printed on the plotter, they are water colored by hand.

Final piece:

Franklin by Nick Hardeman