Confessions of a researchaholic

February 21, 2024

Visualizing dreams

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 6:19 pm
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One main reason that I would like to be able to draw is to share what I saw in my dreams which tend to be vivid and unusual. This is difficult enough due to both the required skills and the ephemeral nature of dreams. But how about visualizing other people’s dreams based on their descriptions?

February 11, 2024

Murakami monster drawing experiment

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:47 pm
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Based on a (human-sized) monster sculpture by Takashi Murakami that I saw in a recent exhibition I did a quick rough drawing via Fresco with outlines and color-fills in separate layers, and then fed the outlines-only and color-fills versions to an image-to-image ComfyUI workflow. The results are very interesting and capture the style of the original artist quite well.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/191299777/TakashiMurakamiMonsterSculpture

December 30, 2023

Water-pipe bumper

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:21 pm
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I spotted this water tanker with a front bumper made of water pipes, took a photograph, and later photoshopped imaginative water spills and other effects.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/187784895/WaterPipeBumper

December 27, 2023

Pareidolia

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 6:24 pm
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Some nebulous patterns, such as a few strokes, can be perceived as something meaningful (e.g., faces) due to how our brains works with respect to evolution, and may look like something else to other species.

Art is perhaps an application/exploitation of pareidolia.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/186107513/PortraitsMotoGStylus

December 24, 2023

Echoes of the Algorithm

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 5:31 pm
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I asked copilot/suno to create a song about generative AI and here is the result.
😎

[Verse]
In a world, digitized and cold
Where the future’s written in lines of code (code)
An unseen force, beyond our control
Creating melodies, from the depths of its soul (soul)

[Chorus]
Echoes of the Algorithm (oh-oh-oh)
Artificial harmonies, a symphony so vast
Echoes of the Algorithm (algorithm)
Unleashing creativity, from a digital blast

December 16, 2023

Home alarm

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 4:30 pm
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Experiment with Ai generative vector graphics to produce a simple graphical novel.

December 14, 2023

Bubble gum flavored mouth wash

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 5:47 pm
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This is an attempt to depict the flavor visually.


https://www.behance.net/gallery/187305817/BubbleGumMouthWash

December 6, 2023

ZZZ

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:15 am
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I have a collaborator whose name has the letter Z as the initial for all parts, and thus shows up as ZZZ, which seems sleepy, in our shared documents.


November 28, 2023

Cellular reincarnation

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:45 pm
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These “sleek” cellphones tend to slip and break easily so that new ones have to be bought constantly.

If the process of copying apps and data from an old to a new phone is like reincarnation, then the phone number is like soul or consciousness in that it is unique and can be associated with only one sim-card at a time.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/185895907/CellularReincarnation

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