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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Morph-o'-the-Week #2: Gro Thatcher

[This time, the combination of people will probably make no sense to my English-speaking visitors (if I have any), so I'll do this post in Norwegian. Sorry. You can read the bottom part of the post, though. I have no good ideas of my own.]

Gro Harlem Brundtland ----- og ----- Margaret Thatcher
kombineres, og utgjør:

Gro Thatcher

Oooooohhhh! Veldig politisk, er det ikke?
Næh. Ikke egentlig.

I'm open for suggestions regarding the next Morph-o'-the-Week: Comment here or on my Facebook page.
Be creative, and maybe you'll get your wish. Michael Jackson morphed with Prince? Clint Eastwood morphed with Ashton Kutcher? The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

the Ultimate Marvel Movies List

I've just made a list (ranked) of all the Marvel Movies I've seen.

Here it is, on MUBI.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Morph-o'-the-Week #1: George W. Obama

George W. Bush --------- and --------- Barack Obama
combine to make:

George W. Obama

Oooooohhhh! It's very political, isn't it!?
No, it isn't.

I'm open for suggestions regarding the next Morph-o'-the-Week: Comment here or on my Facebook page.
Be creative, and maybe you'll get your wish. Michael Jackson morphed with Prince? Clint Eastwood morphed with Ashton Kutcher? The possibilities are endless.

Combined Beauty --- pt.III

So! In part II of Combined Beauty, I morphed eight (arguably) beautiful women into four:

The next logical step, is to make these four into two. You, dear reader, should know the drill by now, so I won't bother to over-explain.

1) Natalie Whiteley and Bar Perry combine to make...

"Katy Whiteley":

2) Ann Munn and Mila Diaz combine to make...

"Cameron Munn":

(The naming process here is obvious, I hope - so that I don't have to explain that either).

Like in pt.II, I think that the women can still be considered beautiful, and that they haven't yet reached a level of unreality that could unnerve people who look at the pictures.
Also, I had expected them to become symmetrical much faster. I'm not sure why I had expected that (maybe I believed that one asymmetry would weigh up for another in a while), but now that I think about it, it could be just as likely that one particular form of asymmetry was dominant, so that in a few generations of non-genetical pairing, the hybrid women would end up with their right eye high on top of their foreheads (e.g.).
Now that I think about that last thought again, I realize that I'm an idiot, because those asymmetries are not "stackable" with this method of working. If I combine one woman with the right eye halfway up her forehead with another woman with the same eye halfway up her forehead... I'll still get a woman with her right eye halfway up her forehead - not all the way up. SO NEVER MIND WHAT I JUST SAID!

I'm also noting that it gets increasingly difficult to create clean outlines and details on the women. The Photographic quality of the images suffers from them being constantly copied and mashed together in new ways.
This is why I have to get increasingly creative and use more time to recycle outlines, like the one of Mila Kunis, e.g., with slight modifications. It's not because I favor some of the women - it's because it's practical and I don't want it to look like crap.

But I bore you!
To spare you all a part IV, I go straight ahead and combine Katy Whiteley and Cameron Munn into... (ta-daaah!)

"Olivia Whiteley"!


That's basically my conclusion.
All the questions I had, are left unanswered... and perhaps unanswerable.
Along the way, I haven't created a hybrid that I found more attractive than (most of) the originals, but I still think the faces look "beautiful" in an objective manner.
Also, I haven't yet stumbled across a combo-woman that looks exactly like a real person I've seen, celebrity or otherwise... so that's boring.

I could've measured Olivia Whiteley's facial features in regards to symmetry and phi and such, but I'm not that mad. Maybe someone else has thoughts about this little experiment of mine, but as for me... I'm done.
Is she beautiful? Is she creepy? Does she look like someone you've seen? Does the digital combination of faces constitute an affront to nature?
You tell me.

P.S.: The process of morphing faces is still lots of fun, though - so I'll be doing some more of that in the future. "Morph of the Week" or something.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Combined Beauty --- pt.II

At last - here is part two of the dorky experiment nobody is interested in but me. Rejoice!
As you may or may not remember from pt.I - I combined Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with Natalie Portman...
... to make "Natalie Whiteley":

Now I did the same thing with the other six women on Maxim's "Voted World’s Most Beautiful Girl" list and ended up with these four:

1: Natalie Whiteley

2: Ann Munn
3: Bar Perry

4: Mila Diaz

[Disclaimer: Some of these manipulated images don't represent my image tweaking skills properly. I've tried to maintain my sanity and reduce work time (and thus quality) a bit, so that this silly project doesn't eat my life for weeks.]

Already, I'm struggling to come up with a deeper purpose to this exercise, but a few interesting thoughts pop up.
* I'm looking at what could've been real-life women, and I wonder: are there four women out there who look exactly like these four?
If so: isn't that creepy? Is there a combination of two people out there for all of us - mix a and b 50/50, and he/she will look exactly like you?
* I'm also noticing that they haven't yet taken a full step into the realm of "unreality" - something I am sure will occur at some point of time. Not by the "first generation", then.
* I think these four hypothetical women can still be considered beautiful, like their "parents". So far, combinations of beauty have produced beauty... something that supports the idea that beauty is all about mathematics and symmetry and such.
(I'm making a mental note that I should try to combine unconventional beauty someday and see what happens. Say, Uma Thurman and... uh... someone similarly unconbeautiful).

So are you intrigued yet? No?
Well, maybe you will be when I launch Part III.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Combined Beauty --- pt.I

Yeah, I guess I've finally lost it.

Sometimes, when I get an idea, I have to follow through with it - no matter how pointless it may seem.
Yesterday, I started thinking about faces. And beauty. And combinations of faces.
Suddenly, I wondered what would happen if one were to mix faces and create new ones several times, within the framework of beauty - what would happen?
* Would the faces cease to be beautiful?
* Would the faces start to look similar?
* Would the faces actually look like existing persons?
* Would certain patterns of beauty emerge?

These are a few questions I expect to not have answered at all after this exercise is completed.

So - time to be more specific:
As a starting point, I decided to use Maxim's "Voted World’s Most Beautiful Girl" list for 2011 (specifically, because it's just a list, not some annoying pop-up, fancy-pants flash photo gallery). I didn't want to use my own preferences for this experiment, because I wanted at least some faint trace of objectivity to come into play at some point.
What I had in mind, then, was to take the top 8 women and combine them in some sort of... cup system, in lack of a better term.
Something like this:

fig. 1: Cup system

Straightforward enough, I should think.
So here are the eight women:

fig. 2: the Maxim Women

You may recognize some of them - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Munn, Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, Anne Hathaway, and Natalie Portman - and note how I'm on a first-name basis with all of them from now on. Hey - it's my thought experiment, so I do what I please with it.
[note: I immediately start to regret not using picks of my own when I see that this list is almost exclusively comprised of white women. I would like some more variation - but as mentioned, I would also like to use an external list and be "objective". Oh, well...]

Time for the fun part, then - the combos themselves.
I use the easy-to-handle freeware Squirlz Morph to combine the two different faces, and then I polish the results with photo editing software.

First up is the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley/Natalie Portman hybrid, as dictated by fig. 1. So Rosie plus Nat...

fig. 3a

... equals... ummm... "Natalie Whiteley"!

fig. 3b

Now isn't this fun!?
In part II, I'm going to start off by showing all of the four hybrid women, thus completing "round 1" of this experiment.

Stay tuned for the super-exciting next episode of my creative lunacy!