These Weird Cartoon Faces Are All Drawn By an Algorithm

By Eric Limer on at

There's a certain aspect of human creation, a quaint sort inconsistent imperfection, that most of us tend to think is exclusive to us meatbags. Turns out it's not; computers can emulate that too, and these weird-looking cartoon faces you could swear were drawn by a five-year-old prove it.

The faces are the product of code written by Matthias Dörfelt which generates them randomly and procedurally to create an army of the things—all distinctly different—in an instant. Dörfelt describes the project this way:

Computer generated images have a certain aesthetics to them that make them immediately recognizable as such by the trained eye. Weird Faces Study is an attempt to combine my old interest in illustration with programing, to create something procedural that has a truly individual artistic touch to it and is not instantly recognizable as a generative art piece.

It's definitely stealth generative art. You'd be hard-pressed to guess it wasn't the work of a human unless someone told you. And somehow it's still way better than any of my drawing. [Creative Applications via Boing Boing]