One artist has stunned people all over after managing to recreate famous cartoon characters into ‘real-looking’ people.
The man behind the magic, Hidreley Diao (@hidreley), a contributor to online magazine Bored Panda, revealed that he uses a combination of photoshop and three mobile apps – FaceApp, Gradiente and Remini – to produce his bizarre images.
Well-known characters from The Simpsons including the likes of Moe Szyslak, Milhouse van Houten, Bart Simpson and Ned Flanders have been rendered to look like actual people all with a little help from artificial intelligence.
They are beyond unsettling.
In a piece for Bored Panda, Hidreley explained: “When we watch some animation, it is natural to accept the cartoonish proportions of the characters without any problems, after all, we are quite used to this type of trait.
“But what if, as in a spell, they became real, flesh and blood?
“I tried to bring them into our world through artificial intelligence.”
He added: “I’ve done some similar posts by other authors here on Bored Panda.
“I wanted to try something out myself, and so I dove into the world of AI. This time, I challenged myself to try to do one on the theme of cartoon characters.
“In terms of how they all turned out, I’m more and more pleased with the results with each post I make.
“I really liked how Moe Szyzlak, Ned Flanders and Milhouse Van Houten turned out because initially I thought that the Simpsons drawing style would be very hard to emulate on ‘real life’ terms, but they are actually very easy to recognise.”
As well as The Simpsons characters, he has also re-created a real-life Carl Fredricksen from Disney Pixar’s UP, Moana from Moana and Ariel from The Little Mermaid, among many others.
The artist concluded: “I’ve been exploring the world of artificial intelligence recently, and I can tell you, it’s a world without limits!
“With the rise of AI-assisted art generation, there are virtually (no pun intended) no boundaries for digital art, you just have to be creative and know how to guide the blind hand of the machine.”
The artist has since produced even more images using artificial intelligence with one of his more recent works trying to render real-life photos of historical figures.
Taking to Instagram last week, he captioned a series of images with: “What if they were living in the 21st century now? Imagine meeting one of them in a party, or even in a supermarket?”
Such historical figures include the likes of Zeus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Matau Tathonca, Hatsepsut, Mary Shelley and even the Statue of Liberty.
I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely find it weird bumping into a real-life Statue of Liberty at the supermarket.
Talk about the advancement of technology.