Aug 172019
 

Caffeinated Diversions on display at Scott Eaton's Artist+AI exhibition at Somerset HouseCaffeinated Diversions, 50x archival prints, 21x15cm

People who know me know that drawing in essential to my creative process. Over the last couple years I have been using part of my morning drawing time (yes, with a coffee… or two, or three), to create input drawings to test my Bodies neural network, which I trained on a portion of my BodiesinMotion.photo library.

Caffeinated Diversions close upclick for larger

The idea behind this “AI tool” is that I train it to learn the correspondence between my drawing style and photographic representations of the human figure, in this case photography carefully lit and shot by me in the studio. Then, once trained, I can use it to dynamically ‘paint’ my drawings in the style of my photography. It is a wonderous interaction, and there is a magical space where I can draw very stylized or abstracted figures and the neural network infers some very interesting anatomical results, always beautifully lit and shaded. The images here are from my wall of Caffeinated Diversions, fifty of the most interesting results from these morning experiments. The grey line drawings are my hand-drawn inputs, the coloured images the output of my Bodies network.

Wall of AI augmented drawings by Scott Eatonclick for larger

Beyond just the final images though, a large part of the magic that has captivated me when developing and using these AI tools is seeing the final image emerge as I draw it. Here is compilation of timelapses from these drawing sessions:

Jun 102019
 

Scott Eaton's Fall of the Damned, work in progress.

Behind the scenes – prepping a piece for my “Artist+AI: Figures & Form” show opening next week at Somerset House. Suffice it to say, this will be a LARGE composition (22,000 x 17,000 pixels!). My drawing hand aches.

Show is free and runs from 19-23rd of June, so squeeze in a visit to Somerset House if you are near London.

Jul 182017
 

Head drawings from BiM - multiple angles, working on construction, feature drawingclick for larger

I’ve been drawing quite a bit recently (more than normal). The catalyst for the renewed practice has been the Bodies in Motion site (bodiesinmotion.photo). I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple years putting the site together as the resource for artists, and now I am having great playing with it myself. If you are interested in figure drawing, gesture drawing or animation, you should definitely browse the Artwork section of BiM, there are some amazing pieces there by a number of really talented artists.

Planning to post more from my morning drawing sessions as/when they become available, so check back.