“Chameleon” is a digital/generative application and art-series made in May-June 2013. The series includes over 200 images, with a mix of expressions in the field of surreal abstract art. The Chameleon art-series & video-installation will be available for various exhibitions during 2014.
I’ve always been a big fan of Surrealistic art – I just love the soft and rounded shapes, the stunning compositions from artists like Salvador Dalí. I also like Abstract art – the shapes, colors & expressions from artists like Picasso and Kandinsky. In 2012 when I was living in Barcelona, I got close into the wonderful design/architecture of Antoni Gaudi (he’s got a lot of inspiration from the sea-life such as shells, anemones etc.). I started to do some sketches, based on the ideas I got along the way. I had a clear vision; I wanted to create an abstract art-series with a touch of surrealism.
Application & interactive features
The Chameleon application is programmed with ActionScript 3 (Adobe AIR) in Flash Builder. The art is built up by generative shapes, freehand brush-drawings, splash & drip-effects etc. The digital synthesis are all generated, composed and arranged by the user/artist at run-time.
I started to code a basic prototype, tweaking & testing – and as the work proceeded, more features were added. I spent quite some time designing/coding the colors, trying to find some interesting combinations. I also developed a dynamic “Colorpicker-function”, which makes it easy to select custom colors for various effects.
The application has the following interactive/keyboard features that can be used when creating the art:
- • 30 Background images
- • 50 Background-colors
- • 10 predefined Color-schemes
- • Dynamic radial-gradients
- • Brush effects
- • Splash effects
- • Drip effects
- • 10 predefined colors for Brush, Splash & Drips-effects
- • ColorPicker function (Brush, Splash & Drips)
- • Generate new Random Shapes
- • Erase & Reset functions
Chameleon galleries & exhibition
More images (digital paintings) from this series.
Music & Video
I wanted to create a kind of slow, abstract & melancholy feeling for the Chameleon-video. The video includes around 30 images, with additional background-music and slow transitions. I tested a lot of music until I came across “Secret Garden’s – Nocturne”. For the second part I wanted to have a soft beat that could bring more abstractness to the images, and lift the whole experience. So by mixing “Nocturne” with “nExow’s – They Bring Me to You”, I got exactly what I was looking for. I’ve also made an attempt to get the video-transitions synchronized with the music.
Secret Garden – Nocturne
nExow – They Bring Me To You
Remix by DJ Lova
Chameleon-art for Sale!
There are currently 25 images for sale on canvas at Fine Art America, more info can be found at this link: Chameleon art-series by Thomas Lövgren
Links & Resources
Fine Art America (Chameleon-art available for sale)
Vimeo (Video version 1, HD quality available)
Youtube (Video version 2)
Flickr (48 images from the art-series)
Behance (Projects & Portfolio site)
The Creators Project (Article about the Chameleon art-series)
In Social Media you can follow this project by the tag: #chameleonart
Chameleon art Copyright © 2013 by Thomas Lövgren
Stay tuned for more art in this series…