AI’s interpretation of what Ariel of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ would look like as a human.

AI’s Imagination Produces Life-like Images of Beloved Cartoon Characters 

So much of scrolling social media these days involves people using apps to alter their faces in one way or another. Adding digital mustaches or tattoos is common on most FaceBook feeds. Along with the augmented hearts and colorful paint strokes that users love, some are filtering actual photos with lighting and shadow. That enhances the human face and makes the years disappear in some cases. Now, here comes a whole new idea for an app that turns cartoons into human faces. You can pick your favorite character from a favorite show and bring them to life.

Hidreley Leli Diao, from Brazil, grew up watching The Simpsons, Hanna-Barbera shows, and Disney animations experimented with a piece of software that creates photorealistic portraits of people who do not actually exist.

We found this uplifting article at in a piece written by Sam Tonkin. The images below offer a glimpse created by a digital artist who used artificial intelligence (AI) to help imagine what a host of characters from Disney films to The Simpsons might be like if they were human.

To create lifelike portraits of some of his favorite characters, Diao used Photoshop and three mobile AI photo editing apps: FaceApp, Gradient and Remini.

FaceApp is a photo-morphing app that uses what it calls artificial intelligence and neural face transformations to make alterations to faces.

The app can use photos from your library or you can snap a photo within the app.

We all will have our own opinion if this looks like the Ned Sanders we enjoy on The Simpsons but we all have to agree it is pretty darn close.

“Since I discovered artificial intelligence, I’ve been challenging myself to do things I would never have imagined doing,” Diao told PetaPixel. “With several studies and a lot of practice, I thought it was time to bring some Disney characters to human life.”

Diao began with a lot of machine learning using millions of photos of faces. Then having the AI focus on parts of the face. The eyes, the nose, the forehead, etc. As you might imagine it didn’t happen overnight.

You can see more of Diao’s work on his Instagram account.