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How many can you guess on this print? Scroll down to find out.

Fifty cartoons reimagined as realistic portraits with the help of neural-networks.

Using Artbreeder and Photoshop I’ve created fifty fake school photos. The portraits and clothing are inspired by obscure, split-second references as well as flashbacks / flashforward / dream sequences in 90s cartoons.

All characters are aged as if they were late High School/ University.


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Louvre’s Mona Lisa (C2RMF scan) split-screen with my neural-net restoration. (More youthful based on Islesworth painting. No veil, restored eyebrows, longer more natural curls)

Restoring Mona Lisa with Neural Networks

I combined three paintings of Lisa Gherardini, one famous (Louvre Mona Lisa) and two lesser known (Prado Mona Lisa and Isleworth Mona Lisa) to create a photorealistic synthetic composite.


Neural-Network assisted reconstruction of bust and post-autopsy photo for Tamam Shud case

WARNING: The end of this article contains images of a deceased man. There will a second warning at the bottom of this article.

Using Photoshop and the neural-net tool Artbreeder I have created a digital reconstruction of Somerton man as he might have appeared in the weeks before his death in 1948.

RE IMAGE RIGHTS: You may republish the reconstructions as long as the watermark is not removed or obscured. CC-BY-ND-4.0

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Post-autopsy restoration. Sources: Plaster cast (~20%), post-autopsy photo (~70%) and an earlier artistic interpretation (~10%).

The image restoration was guided by research and notes by University of Adelaide Professor Derek Abbott introduced to me by cold case forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick.

Notes on appearance…


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Maximinus Thrax; Gordian I; Gordian II; Pupienus; Balbinus; Gordian III; Philip the Arab; Philip II; Decius; Herennius Etruscus; Hostilian; Trebonianus Gallus; Volusianus; Aemilian; Valerian; Gallienus; Saloninus; Claudius Gothicus; Quintillus; Aurelian; Ulpia Severina; Tacitus; Florianus; Probus; Carus; Carinus; Numerian. 🖼️ Print available here.

235–285: Gordian dynasty and Crisis of the Third Century

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal depictions of Roman Emperors. Scroll down to see each emperor.

ON CREATIVE COMMONS & COPYRIGHT: Faces can be shared non-watermarked at 200 pixels max height OR 512 pixels with the digital mosaic watermark with Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Please link back to this page. Continuation of this project depends on prints, licensing and commissions.


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Nerva; Trajan; Hadrian; Antoninus Pius; Lucius Verus; Marcus Aurelius; Commodus; Pertinax; Didius Julianus; Septimius Severus; Caracalla; Geta; Macrinus; Diadumenian; Elagabalus; Severus Alexander. 🖼️ Print available here.

96–192: The Nerva–Antonine dynasty

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal depictions of Roman Emperors. Scroll down to see each emperor.

ON CREATIVE COMMONS & COPYRIGHT: Faces can be shared non-watermarked at 200 pixels max height OR 512 pixels with the digital mosaic watermark with Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Please link back to this page. Continuation of this project depends on prints, licensing and commissions.

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Galba; Otho; Vitellius; Vespasian; Titus; Domitian. 🖼️ Print available here

68–96: Year of the Four Emperors and Flavian dynasty

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal depictions of Roman Emperors. Scroll down to see each emperor.

ON CREATIVE COMMONS & COPYRIGHT: Faces can be shared non-watermarked at 200 pixels max height OR 512 pixels with the digital mosaic watermark with Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Please link back to this page. Continuation of this project depends on prints, licensing and commissions.

*CONCISE…


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Augustus; Tiberius; Caligula; Claudius; Nero. 🖼️ Print available here.

27 BC–68 AD: The Julio-Claudian dynasty

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal depictions of Roman Emperors. Scroll down to see each emperor.

ON CREATIVE COMMONS & COPYRIGHT: Faces can be shared Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike at 200 pixels max height for non-watermarked OR 512 pixels with the digital mosaic watermark. Please link back to this page. Continuation of this project depends on prints, licensing and commissions.

**CONCISE…


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Second Edition (v2.1): Roman Emperors of The Principate [Shown here at 2000x1337 pixels. Poster print file over 12,000 x 8,000]

54 Machine-learning assisted portraits

Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors. For this project, I have transformed, or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD).

Update Sept 10th: New print available here (version 2) in a choice of languages. (Version 1: Gold / red marble, limited edition print sold out)


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Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond VA on the left. Frame showing spitting officer shown highlighted on the right. Panorama from video stills.

Stabilized, HD source video show officer spat towards road — not ‘on the grass’ and not directly on the detainee.

BRIEF NOTE ON BIAS: I am Canadian and I have been offering my video expertise to Black Lives Matter protesters. I support the 1st amendment. I am against fascism. I have, likely due to privilege, only had neutral or positive interactions with street-level law enforcement.

Nobody should be spitting near anyone in a pandemic. The officer is not wearing a mask and is not following the CDC’s 6ft social distancing guideline. What my analysis seeks to answer: did the officer spit directly on the detainee?

  • 1st Angle: No
  • 2nd Angle: No
  • 3rd Angle: Original file not yet acquired

1st Angle

Three videos…


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Using Artbreeder on sculptures made from unidentified remains of men found in BC, Canada. (15 faces project)

Can AI-enhanced forensic facial reconstruction help with cold cases? I’m not sure, so please tread lightly.

Families of missing persons could be traumatized if used improperly. In this instance the stakes are low because the identities of these men found in British Columbia, Canada are not known and unexpected details might jog the right person’s memory — as it did when the RCMP announced the 15 faces project.

RCMP has not responded to a request for comment.

The Idea

The idea for this came from the Colorized Statues subreddit which, in recent month, has gotten well-received artistic interpretations of Roman statues like…

Daniel Voshart

Design | Cinematography | Criticism

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