I was experimenting with a new way to render CG models: using a convolutional neural network (CNN) to provide a “beauty” pass rendering.


The idea was to use a CNN to transfer the style of an existing painting to the picture of a sculpture. To do this, I chose a painting of Beatrice Offor (“Miss B.S.“, 1905) and used it as reference for an ad-hoc “cartoonish” sculpture.

Original Offor’s painting (left), inspired sculpt (center), CNN’s result (right)

Then I configured the NN with Tensorflow and provided both a first rendering of the sculpture and the original Offor’s painting to it.
I find the result – not post-edited – decent.

My purpose was to start from a very basic rendering and enhance it with the power of the deep learning.


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