I Used AI To Find Out What These 21 Historical Figures Would Look Like In Modern Times
Due to the elevated status of celebrities, we often forget that they are normal people, just like anyone else. But the glitz and glamour dazes us, and we forget that, if only for a moment. Same applies to famous historical personalities, and even to a greater extent: we can only see them through the works of (usually) great artists, and this dash of artistic genius always make these personalities look like demigods from a long-gone era of heroic men and women. But just like with celebrities, there's a reason to believe that they were normal regular people, despite their great achievements and stories about them.
This is why I wanted to take another look at these historical personalities and try to imagine them as if they lived in modern times. One of the perks of modern times is that everybody's fashion doesn't tell as much about their social status as it once did, and it makes them look equal, like you and me.
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Seeing the works of photographer and digital artist Bas Uterwijk (I, II, III) made me create this series. Obviously he's a master at what he does and I tried to learn more from him, so I was very glad to receive some positive feedback from him! Nathan Shipley's works (I, II) also influenced me greatly.
When choosing the character, the most time-consuming thing is to find an image that resembles the historical figure. I spend hours in image databases until I get the right picture. Each individual piece takes up to 2 hours, which is nothing compared to AI-unassisted methods.
Anne Of Cleves
I believe they are people who were born to shine. No matter how digitally "regular" AI makes them look, we will always have in mind that the subject of the image made a name for themselves in history. I really liked how George Washington, Vincent Van Gogh and Napoleon Bonaparte turned out because they perfectly capture their soul, in my opinion. My Instagram followers gave a lot of positive votes for these images too, so I was very happy that my hunch was correct.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Currently, I'm preparing the third part of the series that I showed here at Bored Panda, where I use Artificial Intelligence to imagine what celebrities who died too soon would be like today (I, II). Of course, who knows what I'm going to do after that, but I'm definitely going to keep experimenting with AI art, so follow my Instagram to keep yourself updated!
Of course, none of this would've been possible without AI intelligence, or at least it would've taken a very, very long time. I used software called Artbreeder, a platform that is widely used for generative AI art, and the FaceApp application to finish them up. I hope it turned out great. Enjoy!