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Caricature Generating Photo Program

Probably already been done
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The link shows a bunch of works from one of my 4 favorite artists, Sebastian Kruger. In his caricature portraits, nobody can see the inner ugliness of people and bring it to the canvas like he can.

It seems you could do this digitally by writing a program that takes a person's picture, compares it's facial measurements to an ideal norm, measures it's deviations from that and then exaggerates them. A slightly large nose becomes enormous, a tiny one becomes almost non existent. You get the idea. You could even adjust how much of a freak you'd like your caricature portrait to be.

See links. God I love this guy.

The English had a TV show I used to really enjoy called "Spittin Image". Same deal. Nobody was beautiful enough to come off as anything other than a horrible monster at the hands of the artists who made the puppets for this show.

Might be a cool thing to have incorporated into a photo booth at public events.

doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014

Rocky Balboa http://obviousmag.o...-kruger_stalone.jpg
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Steven Tyler http://pulpfactor.c...ebastian-Kruger.jpg
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Jack http://1.bp.blogspo..._Caricatures_29.jpg
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That guy on TV, what's-es-name http://img.izismile...icatures_640_13.jpg
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The "Bad" guy from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" http://obviousmag.o...r_lee-van-cleef.jpg
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Han Solo http://media-cache-...9db16be4bee738a.jpg
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Gordon Sumner http://obviousmag.o...an-kruger_sting.jpg
aka "Sting" [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014]

Don't know who this is http://webneel.com/...res-24/jpg?nid=7791
Looks English, maybe German. [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014]

See? Before: Jamie Lee Curtis' head and neck is a little longer than most http://2guystalking...amie-lee-curtis.jpg
...still, a beautiful woman... [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014]

And after...a horrible freak. http://webneel.com/...ures-8/jpg?nid=7791
I think a computer program could do this pretty easily. [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014]

Oliver Sacks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Sacks
Crazy interesting stuff [doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014]

Oliver Sacks movies / documentaries http://www.oliversa.../documentary-films/
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Stare at the cross. http://imgur.com/gallery/7G5hcsr
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 20 2014]


       Just occurred to me, you could also set it for "beautify". Have all your facial feature dimensions moved from the horrific deviations that nature cursed you with to the "beauty" standard. That big honker nose is reduced, those razor thin lips filled out etc.   

       Yes, there is a beauty standard. There are very old geometric formulas for a "perfect" face that artists have used for years, but you can also arrive at it by taking a large group of people and "averaging" their faces using morph technology. At the end of the process you have a very generic looking attractive person. The ones I've seen look very doll like.   

       Pretty interesting.
doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014

       There was a case reported by Oliver Sacks of a patient who suffered a minor stroke in some part of his visual cortex.   

       The consequence was that he (the patient) saw everyone (and, to a lesser extent, everything) caricatured. Noticeable but minor flaws were grossly exaggerated - cleft chins were cleftier, arched eyebrows were archer, high foreheads higher...   

       It was one of the few of Sack's case studies that had a fairly happy outcome, since the patient made a successful second career as a cartoonist and caricature artist.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 19 2014

       Didn't find that reference, (not sure if you're joshing) but the Oliver Sacks saga is pretty amazing. This guy has had 4 movies made about his studies. I put a link up.
doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014

       //This guy has had 4 movies made about his studies.//   

       4??? I know only of Awakenings. What are the others?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 19 2014

       Scratch that, by movies I mean movies/documentaries. And by "4" I mean "6". See link.   

       Only saw the movie, but the docs are on my watch list.
doctorremulac3, Feb 19 2014

       The doctor in awakenings was Oliver Sacks?
I had no idea. His TED talk on hallucination was riveting.

       As to the idea, it's a good one. Check out this [link], stare at the central cross for long enough and you can see something akin to what it must be like to see these exaggerations all of the time.   

       //nobody can see the inner ugliness of people and bring it to the canvas like he can.//   

       Fortunately, my ugliness is on the outside and easily accessible to the run-of-the-mill photographer.   

       I've read all of Oliver Sacks books. Fascinating. They show how much of our personalities are mere chemical and physical accidents.   

       (Oh yeah, bun)
AusCan531, Feb 20 2014

       //They show how much of our personalities are mere chemical and physical accidents.//   

       What's the best book or documentary to start with? What I've heard so far is crazy amazing stuff. For starters the guy couldn't recognize faces so he was working on this both as a scientist and from experience.
doctorremulac3, Feb 20 2014

       I don't know it is the 'best one' but the first one I read and made the biggest impact on me was "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat".
AusCan531, Feb 20 2014

       Whoa! The "Stare at the cross" link is the most bizarre thing I've seen for a long time. Remarkable.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 20 2014

       Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner. The stare at the cross thing is the most awesome optical illusion of all time.   

       Really creepy actually.
doctorremulac3, Feb 21 2014


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