AI learned to draw traditional Chinese paintings. The process of their creation is similar to the work of an ordinary artist.
The Chinese painting style of Xieyi, whose name can be translated as “write ideas”, combines free techniques of calligraphy, line drawing, and blackout. Artists often use traditional Xuan rice paper, organic brushes, and mascara. Moreover, the pictures themselves are not realistic, but rather convey the mood of the author.
Hong Kong artist Victor Wong decided to teach AI a style that is strongly associated with the personality of the author. He spent three years programming an industrial robot and teaching him how to draw in Xieyi style.
Wong created formulas based on factors that he considers the foundation of such painting. These are gravity, tectonic collisions, erosion, and tidal volumes. The researcher then used these formulas to create three-dimensional landscapes for each picture. He explained that the method is similar to creating a picture by a living author – first, you need to come up with a landscape in your head and only then realize it.
He also taught him to determine the best angle for the landscape, after which the system itself determines which elements should be applied to the picture. To do this, she uses a robotic hand that draws traditional Chinese ink on rice paper. Final work can be transferred online – Wong has already come up with a system that allows you to view them on Samsung TVs.