Simple Art as abstractions of photographs


Hall, P. and Song, Y.-z., 2013. Simple Art as abstractions of photographs. In: Symposium on Computational Aesthetics, CAE 2013 - Part of the Joint Symposium on Computational Aesthetics, Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling, and Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering, Expressive 2013, 2013-07-19 - 2013-07-20, California. New York: ACM, pp. 77-85.

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This paper shows that it is possible to semi-automatically process photographs into Simple Art. Simple Art is a term that we use to refer to a group of artistic styles such a child art, cave art, and Fine Artists as exemplified by Joan Miró. None of these styles has been previously studied by the NPR community. Our contribution is to provide a process that makes them accessible. We describe a method that automatically constructs a hierarchical model of an input photograph, and asks a user to identify objects inside it. Each object is a sub-tree, which can be rendered under user control. The method is demonstrated using emulations of Simple Art. We include an assessment of our results against a set of norms recommended by a Cultural Historian. We conclude that producing Simple Art raises important technical questions, especially surrounding the interplay between computational modelling and human abstractions.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsHall, P.and Song, Y.-z.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
Research CentresMedia Technology Research Centre
ID Code37137


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