The Steam Engine

Synthetic engraving, 18” x 10” on 13”x19” paper.

From a developing series on the Enlightenment.

Countryside Car Show

A few banners from the “RIP City Riders” motorcycle club have promised a car show today at the county fairgrounds (and, one assumes, the speedway), though there’s little online to verify. My guess is that it won’t look like this.

Differentiable Scratches

A challenge for “neural pictures” is the amount of memory required for rendering even a small photo-like picture. Applying the largest GPUs and TPUs available at Google still may only produce a 2K image.

An alternative approach is to use vector graphics, that is, images not defined as easily-managed rows of pixels but as abstract lines and curves and fillable regions, as in software like Adobe Illustrator, inkScape, or formats like path-based SVGs. A sharp-edged circle renders as a sharp-edged circle regardless of the final print or JPG size.

Which is what I’ve been doing, and what this post is about.

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Octopus Skeletons

More CLIP-Guided VQGAN. I like that it can guess at how to draw things that might not exist in nature: in this case, a 19-century textbook illustration about drying octopus bones on the shore at Marseille.

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