Hey there! Until April 30, 2018, you can Participate to get a free portrait of a photo of your choosing. Just sign up with your e-mail and—optionally—upload the picture you would like to get a portrait of (or you can also do this later if you happen to be the winner). Enter at lourdes.ac/contest.
This looping series of photo2portrait pairs reminds me of the training sets you would need to feed certain machine learning algorithms (such as
pix2pix) for them to learn how to generate an output image from an input image. If we were to train a neural network with photo2portrait pairs, the algorithm would try to learn how to generate a pencil portrait from a picture. (A training set for this purpose would, probably, need hundreds of photo2portrait pairs though.)
I generated multiple training sets for
pix2pix for Suggestive Drawing, my thesis project at Harvard GSD. Most of the models I trained tried to generate a texture for a hand drawing. Flowers — in special daisies, sunflowers, roses, and tulips — happened to work particularly well.
It's a hand-sketched portrait.
Even though machine intelligence is enabling new modes of generating artwork, but the portraits you see here are (still) sketched on pencil by an artist—my mom—on paper. (As a curiosity, here is a looping gif of some of her many portraits of myself.)
We are currently accepting registrations for a raffle; You can win a free portrait! Just Enter the competition and you'll be able to select a photo later (of yourself, a relative, a friend, or even your pet). You can See all of her portraits on my mom's website.
Thanks so much and good luck!
In a quest to keep learning and improving my design skills, I force myself to regularly practice design of graphics, sketches, art, typography, lettering, and other design-related stuff.
A side-project that arose from this deliberate design approach is The People Project—which has the sole objective of depicting people in their everyday life in extremely simple ways.
What you can see next is a small compilation of designs of the series produced between 2008 and 2015. I am preparing screen prints of this series and have an email list for those of you who want to keep track of the project. If that’s the case, join here.
What is art by Ries Straver brings pretty different answers that try to define art.
Art is everything.
For myself, art is everything that we find difficult to do or simple don't have the knowledge to do. In society, things previously considered art by the masses stop being considered art after their production becomes democratized, widely-known and affordable.