Today I have started an experiment to use a Genetic Algorithm to create artistic drawings. I hope to achieve results similar to Bergen and Ross from Brock University. As a test, I tried approximating the Mona Lisa in grayscale using only circles. Here is the result.
While this is an interesting image, it doesn’t look a lot like the Mona Lisa. Some of the largest features of the Mona Lisa are present to a degree, such as a light region in the center, dark bottom corners, and a light top-right corner. However, I wouldn’t call this a success.
What went wrong? I believe that the set of genetic operators I chose (the Galib defaults) are not appropriate, especially the mutation operator. I will implement some new ones that make more sense and try again. Hopefully the results improve.