Sunday, 30 June 2019

Computer Assisted Drawings

This year I have been enhancing my drawing with artificial intelligence, and any other online programs I can find.  PaintsChainer colors my drawings quickly, but Google's Deep Dream Generator alters them even more.


Google's Deep Dream Generator is the most exciting online program I know of to alter my drawings.  It is an AI  (artificial intelligence) program, that both colors and adds textures to my drawings (like "texture mapping" on 3D files).  However, I have to do some post-production in order to make the best images.  Usually I just blend the original image with the AI one produced by Deep Dream Generator, by faded one over the other in Photoshop.

I used a screen capture of the Marpi Biomes 
 as a style sheet for the above Deep Dream image

Then animated with EZ Gif

and mixed it up with my drawing
on Deep Dream Generator
to arrive at the above drawings to make the animated GIF

I enlarged the above drawing twice online in Let's Enhance, and printed it out large (18 x 21 inches) at Graphic Sky Printing in Santa Fe.  Download the 8784 x 10480 pixel drawing here (13.31 MB).

was enlarged, twice, with the online AI program Lets Enhance.  

Editing Process

Animated GIF with all the phases

This stringy photo was uploaded as the style source
to blend with my drawing
in Deep Dream Generator

The final image --
 I blended the raw Deep Dream image
with my original drawing 
by fading one over the other in Photoshop

Alternative and further manipulation of the same drawing


I often use the AI online program PaintsChainer to quickly color the drawings I scanned and uploaded to this blog.

 Runway ML

Runway ML is a developing source of artificial intelligence programs, one of which I used to alter my drawing:


There are a lot of online app programs on the 3D This website that will alter one's drawings online.

(from the June 1st blog post)


My drawing animated in 3D This, in the 3DFace app,
filmed with a digital camera, and uploaded to YouTube,
then converted into an animated gif in the 3D This i-Video app

(download obj file here)
(view online in online 3Dviewer)

This animated GIF
was created in Voxel Canvas,
uploaded to Mixamo,
filmed with digital camera,
and converted to animated gif with i-Video --


Over 200 drawings from my book -- Finish My Figure Drawings -- are available for download in high resolution, and can be manipulated by online programs.  All of these drawings are in the public domain.


    Solarplate -- Dan Welden printmaking workshop

    Dan Welden gave a free Solarplate workshop at Remarque Print Workshop in Albuquerque on Saturay, June 29th.

    Eric Fischl did the below solarplate etching (1992?) with Dan Welden, entirely by wiping ink off the solarplate using his t-shirt.  There was no aquatint screen used at all in the below print:

    It begins:
    Dan Welden taking the protective acetate off the solarplate

    Dan Welden made a loose image for his demo using Akua ink as a resist.  After rolling Akua ink on the solarplate with a brayer, he rubbed the ink off, revealing the plate.  The revealed areas of the plate will harden when exposed to the sun, and not take ink (in the intaglio process).  Thus a painterly kind of image can be made.

    Rolling Akua black ink onto the solarplate 
    (which will act as a resist)

    Putting the solarplate, which is on steel,
    on top of a magnet plate (which will be taped down)
    to keep it in place

    Wiping the Akua ink off the solarplate
    to create the image

    Corn starch can be added to the Akua ink to thicken it up
    (instead of mag),
    and can also be applied to the handles of the putty knives 
    to keep them intact

    Drawing into the Akua ink
    with a plastic fork

    The final image

    The solarplate placed in the sun for a few mintues

    Taking the Akua ink off the exposed solarplate
    with a putty knife
    (which he can re-use)

    Washing the solarplate with a brush and water,
    to "develop" the image on the solarplate

    Drying the solarplate with a sheet of newsprint

    Putting the solarplate back out into the sun
    to "cure"
    (we left it out for about a half hour)

    Akua ink, rollers, drawing rags, cornstarch, putty knives

    The plate cleaned and ready to ink

    Filing down the sharp corners of the solarplate

    Inking the solarplate with Akua ink,
    using a brush

    Wiping the plate with newsprint pages
    (instead of a tarlatan)

    Rolling a different color ink onto the plate,
    to add a relief inked addition to the final print

    Last minute touches of color
    "a la pinkie"

    The inked plate ready to print

    Many different colors and effects 
    can be printed from the same solarplate

    Usually an image, such as a photo negative, is pressed onto the emulsion side of the solarplate, and exposed to the sun.  The dark parts of the negative will keep the sun from hardening the emulsion, and thus those parts will wash out, and then take ink later on in the intaglio process.

    Don Messec's solarplate image  --
    instead of using a photo negative,

    An artist can draw directly onto a piece of see-thru Mylar, and use that as a negative when exposing the solarplate to the sun.

    Solarplate print
    made from pressing a drawing on ground glass onto the solarplate,
    and exposing it to the sun

    Beautiful multi-plate colored print

    Don Messec's solarplate image

    Also Dan Welden recommends the Stabilo 8046 pencil