Category Archives: Illustration

Bob Ross on A.I. Acid

(aka, Hieronymus Bosch, PBS Edition)

Felt like you’re having a stroke yet today? No? I can fix that. Here:

areben.com This artwork represents what it would be like for an AI to watch Bob Ross on LSD (once someone invents digital drugs). It shows some of the unreasonable effectiveness and strange inner workings of deep learning systems. The unique characteristics of the human voice are learned and generated as well as hallucinations of a system trying to find images which are not there.

Logojoy: “AI-powered logo creation”

I’m intrigued by—but don’t quite know what to make of—Logojoy, a hosted app that promises, “Using artificial intelligence and advanced learning algorithms, our logo maker is able to produce designs just like a designer would.”

It seems that almost no one in the general public can define just what the hell “AI” means, and I’m not sure that this offers anything more than a nicely packaged wizard/template system. Still, some of the results I got weren’t half bad, and creative disruption will only continue: The world at large will get greater & greater access fairly competent aesthetics (think Target & design for all), while creative people will have to hustle more & more to remain relevant.

If you take it for a spin, let me know what you think.

 

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Little Inventors & the Monster Project: Bringing kids’ ideas to life

Little Inventors “takes children’s invention ideas and makes them real.

Children can freely upload their ideas to this website for positive and encouraging feedback from the Little Inventors team… Our aim is to inspire and support children around the world to use their wonderful imaginations to think up ingenious, fantastical, funny or perfectly practical invention ideas with no limits!

Don’t miss this guy’s sweet snack-hat. 🙂

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Elsewhere, in The Monster Project (recently exhibited at Adobe SF), “Kids draw monsters, then artists from all over the world recreate them in their own styles!” Check out their fun gallery.

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Meet Joto, a robotic drawing board

Rather cool! Now I kind of want to buy a pair of these (one for my distant parents, one for us in CA, so that the kids & my mom can trade drawings—one on each fridge):

Joto draws live on request, sketching everything from works of art to messages.

Using the Joto app, on a computer or mobile device, you can discover, create and share jots. These are some ways you can turn images and text into beautiful ink drawings and make the most of Joto.

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Animation: A world in color

I love the animals created for this piece for Sherwin-Williams:

“In 2009,” writes the team at Buck, “we were asked by our friends at McKinney to explore a world made of color, literally. The Sherwin colors themselves are the cast of their own story of infinite possibility, taking us places that spark our sense of curiosity, exploration, and expression.”

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Illustrator at 30: A fun look back

Lennon/McCartney
Chocolate/Peanut Butter
John/Marva

How lucky it was for the world that a brilliant graphics engineer (PostScript creator & Adobe co-founder John Warnock) married a graphic designer (Marva Warnock) who could provide constant input as this groundbreaking app took shape. Those were the days, when the app splash screen listed the whole team of four engineers who’d built it—one of whom was the CEO.

Watch the Illustrator story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide. Interviews include cofounder John Warnock, his wife Marva, artists and designers Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Dylan Roscover and Jessica Hische.

It’s fun to see all these old friends celebrating an old friend. It takes me back to when I uploaded a copy of the VHS tape (hosted by John himself!) that shipped in the box with Illustrator 1.0:

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