An Exercise in Creative Complexity

Another branching experiment. This time focusing on how much visual complexity I can generate while maintaining reasonable performance, and some aesthetic appeal.

This experiment generates about half a million individual branch object instances (with about three thousand active at any time), and about 5 million line segments in a minute or two (depending on your CPU speed). Probably not a record of any kind, but neat to see nonetheless.

It’s a little too large to embed here, so you’ll have to click the screenshot below to open the demo. You’ll need a large monitor (> 1200×1200 pixels) and a fast CPU (2ghz+) to view this well.

Grant Skinner

The "g" in gskinner. Also the "skinner".



  1. Love’d to see some source code, just some hinters maybe, your experiments is a bit like Joshua Davis’ generative art..

  2. Looks great. I’m fascinated by these branching based creations. So many interesting things going on here.

  3. Grant this is really awesome, I love it!

  4. That’s great. I love the depth you’ve put in this. The biggest cherry blossom ever!

  5. An Exercise in Creative Complexity

    Great, This is now on my Thorny Path.

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