The Avalanches used ArtBreeder (see previous) to make this trippy, ever-morphing music video.
This provides me a periodic reminder that I’ve never seen What Dreams May Come & should someday fix that.
Artbreeder is a trippy project that lets you “simply keep selecting the most interesting image to discover totally new images. Infinitely new random ‘children’ are made from each image. Artbreeder turns the simple act of exploration into creativity.” Check out interactive remixing:
Artbreeder is a nuclear powered pencil.
— Bay Raitt (@bayraitt) September 17, 2019
Here’s an overview of how it works:
I find this emerging space so fascinating. Check out how Toonify.photos (which you can use for free, or at high quality for a very modest fee) can turn one’s image into a cartoon character. It leverages training data based on iconic illustration styles:
I also chuckled at this illustration from the video above, as it endeavors to how two networks (the “adversaries” in “Generative Adversarial Network”) attempt, respectively, to fool the other with output & to avoid being fooled. Check out more details in the accompanying article.
The Epic team behind the hyper-realistic, Web-hosted MetaHuman Creator—which is now available for early access—rolled out the tongue-in-cheek “MetaPet Creator” for April Fool’s. Artist Jelena Jovanovic offers a peek behind the scenes.
Elsewhere I put my pal Seamus (who’s presently sawing logs on the couch next to me) through NVIDIA’s somewhat wacky GANimal prototype app, attempting to mutate him into various breeds—with semi-Brundlefly results. 👀
On Monday I mentioned my new team’s mind-blowing work to enable image synthesis through typing, and I noted that it builds on NVIDIA’s StyleGAN research. If you’re interested in the latter, check out this two-minute demo of how it enables amazing interactive generation of stylized imagery:
This new project called StyleGAN2, developed by NVIDIA Research, and presented at CVPR 2020, uses transfer learning to produce seemingly infinite numbers of portraits in an infinite variety of painting styles. The work builds on the team’s previously published StyleGAN project. Learn more here.
It’s cool to see these mobile creativity apps Voltron-ing together via the new Adobe Design Mobile Bundle, which includes the company’s best design apps for the iPad at 50% off when purchased together. Per the site:
More good stuff is coming to Fresco soon, too:
Then, there are live oil brushes in Fresco that you just don’t get in any other app. In Fresco, today, you can replicate the look of natural media like oils, watercolors and charcoal — soon you’ll be able to add motion as well! We showed a sneak peek at the workshop, and it blew people’s minds.
Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd make insanely large portraits using a giant darkroom that governs where light falls & therefore how grass grows.
With the right care & feeding, the portraits can, in principle, last indefinitely.
I’m excited to see my Adobe friends continuing to make on-the-go sketching & illustrating richer & more delightful. Check out a brief demo of some of the latest:
Grainy & surreal, this film demanded “elaborate but pointless effort” (in the words of creator Soetkin Verstegen) to animate puppets encased in transient ice. I found it mesmerizing.