"Pardon my face," says designer Daniel Voshart in the opening to his latest blog post on Medium, "I’ve been throwing things into DeepArt’s algorithm for a few hours and the results are surprisingly good."
DeepArt is an online service created by Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker and Matthias Bethge, Łukasz Kidziński and Michał Warchoł. It uses a neural network algorithm to combine the subject of one image with the style of another. It seems particularly adept at applying striking, abstract art styles to photographic images, which means that many of the twentieth century's most celebrated architect-artists are perfectly suited to it. So, if you've ever wondered what your portrait (or indeed anything else) might look like when drawn by Le Corbusier, Lebbeus Woods, or Daniel Libeskind, now might be the perfect time to find out. Voshart has kindly shared his examples of what DeepArt can do - read on to see more.
Daniel Voshart "by" Lebbeus Woods
Architect "Self Portraits"
How it Works
Users can produce images for free by going to DeepArt's submissions page and uploading one photograph and one "style image." Once this is completed, your image joins a queue to be processed by DeepArt's servers, and once processed the result will be emailed to you. The time this takes depends on demand, but at the time of publishing the wait time was around eight and a half hours. Alternatively, users can pay a small fee to move their submission to the top of the queue. Try it for yourself here - and if you're looking for inspiration, why not check out some of the posts from our articles about architectural drawing?