Automatic Caricatures and Antifaces

The art of drawing caricatures might seem quintessentially human, but computers too can exaggerate the differences between any given face and a “normal” face, and they can also work out the opposite of a given face—sometimes called its “antiface”—which is less intuitive, and not a feat I think human artists have ever attempted freehand.  In…

Time-Based Image Averaging

Imagine watching a time-lapse video covering more than a century that shows the evolution of a landscape, a magazine cover, trends in fashion, or automobile design.  Or picture the same thing being done with the face of a politician or celebrity from youth to old age, or with artistic trends in painting spanning a millennium…

Face Averaging and Art History

Earlier this month, I blogged about face averaging as a historical technique: combining face averaging software with a time base to illustrate patterns of change over time.  Since then, I’ve tried some further experiments applying the principle not to particular groups of people as I did last time—Indiana University students, United States Senators, Miss America…

Face Averaging as a Historical Technique

News media were recently abuzz with reports of a study in which the “average” faces of women from forty-one different countries had just been discovered by combining and averaging large numbers of real individual photos.  In fact, it wasn’t so simple: as the Huffington Post observes, this work had actually been done a couple years…