Researchers at the Samsung’s AI Center in Moscow have managed to use Deepfake technology to create “living portraits” from as few as just a single photograph. The paper, titled “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models,” was published on the preprint server arXiv on Monday. Simply put, the AI can be trained using just one image to create a realistic-looking, animated portrait, and by adding a few more shots (up to 32 photographs) the realism improves. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Takumi Toxin via Laughing Squid
For those unfamiliar with Ukiyo-e (translates to pictures of the floating world), it’s basically a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists created woodblock prints and paintings of female beauties, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers as well as scenes from history and folk tales. Illustrator Takumi Toxin decided to give The Avengers: Endgame characters a Ukiyo-e makeover, starting with Thanos. Read more to see them all.
A group of artists / modeling experts in China spent 48-days building a 1:1 scale cardboard replica of the Merkava MK4 Israeli battle tank, and it’s currently on display at the Hobby Expo China (HEC) International Model Expo in Beijing. Not much is known in the way of what tools were used, but social media users do state that around 5,000 cardboard parts were used, and it weighs in at 1-ton. Unfortunately (or fortunately), you’re not able to climb inside, nor is the cannon functional. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Roman Booteen
Russian artist Roman Booteen specializes in the art of the hobo nickel, or to be more specific, the sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coin. He’s known for several pieces, including a Gold Bug that was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Gold Bug, and one of his newest pieces with a hidden gold chalice. Many of his coins have been sold on auction sites online (eBay, WorthPoint, etc.), and have fetched as much as $3,100. Read more for a video and additional information.
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To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking Direct employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Jeff Bennett
Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade paintings are known for their glowing highlights and pastel colors, but artist Jeff Bennett wanted to add a geeky twist to some of his favorites in the form of Star Wars. You’ll see plenty of Stormtroopers setting Kinkade’s idyllic scenes ablaze and even Star Destroyers appearing in the fluffy clouds. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: JR
French street artist JR has just unveiled his latest work in Paris this past weekend, and it does not involve Photoshop. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Museum’s stunning glass pyramid, he, along with 400 volunteers, pasted 2,000 sheets of paper around an I.M. Pei design to make it appear as if it’s rising out of a quarry. “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. This project is also about presence and absence, about reality and memories, about impermanence,” said the artist. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Carrières de Lumières is basically a digital art center projecting immersive exhibitions located in the Baux-de-Provence. This year, they have an incredible Vincent van Gogh exhibit that lets you virtually step into his paintings. How? It’s all thanks to AMIEX technology, which is based on a state-of-the-art video installation, complete with specialized sound, adapted to the constraints of the venue, tailored to perfectly match the space it’s being used in. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Neil Dawson
At first glance, “Horizons” appears to be a larger than life piece of paper, but it’s actually just a clever optical illusion by New Zealand artist Neil Dawson. This massive steel sculpture is designed to look like a windblown piece of paper resting on a hilltop, and made its debut in 1994 for Gibbs Farm, an outdoor sculpture collection in New Zealand. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Alpine Art via Twisted Sifter
Artist and master woodworker Scott Huebner specializes in creating other worldly sculptures that fuse burl – a tree growth where the grain has grown in a deformed manner – with resin. Burls are normally found on the trunk, at the tree’s base, and sometimes even underground in the form of a rounded outgrowth, thus resulting in uniquely patterned wood, which is perfect for these types of sculptures. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.