This guy is so groovy!
Once I got the program working in black and white (the C64 palette with C64 graphics came later), I really fell in love with the results! This is addicting and fascinating in the same way that playing with Photoshop filters can be. For example, look at this picture of one of my EE Professors, Denise Nicoletti. Notice how the graphics emphasize her pointy, East European nose and chin!
Because I feared the results would be too distorted, I had to transform some pictures that people would recognize...
One of the first pix I got working in color. Again, I was looking for familiar images, and I like the Beatles, too. If you look closely, you will be amazed at some of the details still present in his highly compressed/distorted version. I personally like the way the writing ("Rolling Stones") turned into checkerboard on the doll's stomach on the right. I also like the way you can see Paul's hands dangling down in front of him in despair upon witnessing his own grave (See the "old" Beatles on the left side of the pic). The bright yellow of John's suit is very well-suited to the C64 palette. And finally, it's interesting how some people's eyes were rendered as quotation marks in the back rows. Finally, the Commodore brown color matched the dirt around the plants nicely.
The astute 8-bit graphics afficiando will notice this isn't the C64 graphics set. That's because it features my buddy Steve, who was an Atari guy, so I made an Atari graphics set option for the program. (palette still C64, though.)
Speaking of my friends, here's Brian's new album cover!
Gary and Michael....
This image was printed onto paper stickers and spread around the Cambridge area and Minute Man bike trail in the summer of 2002.
Rap Super-Heroes Run D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay. btw, as I was working on this web page on the evening of Oct. 31, 2002, Roy informed me that Jam Master Jay was lethally shot to death in a recording studio today :( This is very sad to me!
That's Lena made out of C64 graphic tiles.
There she is again, using the original C64 palette! The C64 never did a very good job rendering flesh tones!
This is a picture of my mother, rendered out of little pieces of lena...
These two pictures are Jesus made out of Lena and vice Versa.
NOAM CHOMSKY, rendered out of pieces of Lena.
Same guy, this time rendered out of pieces of another picture of Noam Chomsky.
And again, only rendered out of pieces of Mr. Do, the video game.