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  • Why is the VGG Network Commonly Used?
    Why is the VGG Network Commonly Used?

    Visual Geometry Group (VGG) is a team of researchers at Oxford University that produced a common convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture. This now-famous CNN is also called VGG and became popular in 2014 after beating the famous 2012 AlexNet in a competition. If you want to know why VGG is so common and what makes

  • What is Data Augmentation in a CNN? Python Examples
    What is Data Augmentation in a CNN? Python Examples

    Algorithms can use machine learning to identify different objects and classify them for image recognition. This evolving technology includes using Data Augmentation to produce better-performing models. Machine learning models need to identify an object in any condition, even if it is rotated, zoomed in, or a grainy image. Researchers needed an artificial way of adding

  • What is Wonderdraft?
    What is Wonderdraft?

    Wonderdraft was released in 2018 and since has taken over the fantasy mapmaking community. Regardless of your experience in map creation, this article will give you everything you need to know about Wonderdraft, from features and drawbacks to controls and system requirements. Wonderdraft is a fantasy mapmaker, which is used by artists, gamemasters, and writers

  • What is the Most Famous Fractal?
    What is the Most Famous Fractal?

    A fractal is a complicated geometric shape characterized by its roughness that displays properties of self-similarity at various scales. They are made by iterating on a simple rule in a continuous recursive loop. So you may come to wonder, what is the most famous fractal? This article will discuss everything you need to know about

  • History of Fractals
    History of Fractals

    A fractal is a form of an infinitely complicated mathematical shape. In general, a Fractal is a pattern that repeats continuously, and every section of the fractal, no matter how zoomed in or out, appears to be identical to the original shape. So you may come to wonder, who discovered the fractals? In this article,

  • Should You Always Use Dropout?
    Should You Always Use Dropout?

    Wondering if dropout is a good option for your network? Dropout regularization is a great way to prevent overfitting and have a simple network. Overfitting can lead to problems like poor performance outside of using the training data, misleading values, or a negative impact on the overall network performance. You should use dropout for overfitting

  • What is Content Loss in Neural Style Transfer?
    What is Content Loss in Neural Style Transfer?

    Neural style transfer is the ability to separate the style and content of images using a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). In neural style transfer, you have endless possibilities of applying an entirely different style to an existing image. The style can be anything you like, from cubism, surrealism, impressionism, or something of your own creation.

  • Style Guide: What Is Salvador Dali’s Style?
    Style Guide: What Is Salvador Dali’s Style?

    Salvador Dali’s special style is incredibly influential and has inspired artists for decades. If you’re looking for inspiration for your art, to use Dali in your style transfers, or just trying to understand why he’s famous, this article covers all aspects of Dali’s famous style. Salvador Dali used surrealism and symbolism in his painting style.

  • Style Guide: Why Did Frida Kahlo Have a Unibrow?
    Style Guide: Why Did Frida Kahlo Have a Unibrow?

    Frida Kahlo was a talented artist, political activist, and feminist icon. Her works are a fantastic set to draw on for your artwork or style transfers. Kahlo’s self-portraits are famous for stirring controversy about her unibrow and mustache. Why are these features in her paintings? Frida Kahlo had a unibrow as part of her personal

  • Style Guide: What is Mark Rothko’s Technique?
    Style Guide: What is Mark Rothko’s Technique?

    Mark Rothko is a controversial artist that provides an interesting example for studying color in artwork. Why do people continue to find his paintings so compelling? This article will look at the fascinating style of Mark Rothko, revealing how he became one of the most celebrated American artists ever and the reasons behind his lasting

  • Style Guide: How Does Monet Use Color?
    Style Guide: How Does Monet Use Color?

    If you’re looking for inspiration for your own paintings or finding the best paintings for style transfers – check out this Style Guide for Monet. Color is a critical factor in a painting’s style. How did Monet use it in his masterpieces? As a general rule, Monet used color to highlight momentary impressions of real

  • Style Guide: What Is Picasso’s Technique?
    Style Guide: What Is Picasso’s Technique?

    When people talk about art, Picasso is undoubtedly one of the most frequently discussed artists. Even non-artistic people have heard of him and his works. So what is his technique that has everyone so excited? Picasso’s technique used imagination to create abstract works that explored form and structure. Picasso used colors and brush strokes to

  • Style Guide: How Did Jackson Pollock Paint?
    Style Guide: How Did Jackson Pollock Paint?

    Understanding Jackson Pollock’s painting technique is crucial for using his style in your artwork or style transfers. I poured through all of Pollock’s paintings to find the best secret drips of style and technique. As a general rule, Jackson Pollock painted using a technique he pioneered called Drip painting. Instead of using a traditional brush

  • Style Guide: Is Van Gogh an Impressionist or Expressionist?
    Style Guide: Is Van Gogh an Impressionist or Expressionist?

    If you’re looking for inspiration for your Style Transfers, there’s no style as iconic as Van Gogh’s. This article is a detailed guide to everything about his style. Since he painted at the turn of the century, people often confuse if his style is impressionism or expressionism. I was confused originally too! I’ll answer all

  • Complete List of Books by Benoit Mandelbrot
    Complete List of Books by Benoit Mandelbrot

    Benoit Mandelbrot was a famous mathematician who changed the way people viewed and interacted with the shapes and geometry of the world. His life-long work developing and harnessing a field called fractal geometry saw wide-ranging influences across the physical and theoretical world. Today we’re going to be looking at Benoit Mandelbrot: who he is, what

  • How Are Fractals Used in Technology and Engineering?
    How Are Fractals Used in Technology and Engineering?

    The famous images of fractals that we all know are stunning to look at, but you might be left wondering like I was – what are some of the uses of these fractals in technology? How does it affect my life? I combed through piles of science and engineering research to find some of the

  • Are Fractals or Fractal Curves Differentiable?
    Are Fractals or Fractal Curves Differentiable?

    Differentiability could be a scary-sounding term, but like a lot of math topics once you learn the term it seems simple. It just takes practice! Since I learned about differentiability, I’ve had 100s of hours of experience with it in my engineering career. As a whole, pure mathematical fractals are not differentiable, however real-life objects

  • Style Transfers, Neural Networks, and Digital Art
    Style Transfers, Neural Networks, and Digital Art

    Neural style transfer is computer vision technology that recomposes an image’s content in another’s style using a neural network. If you’ve ever envisioned how a photograph might appear if it were created by a famous artist, neural style transfer is the computer technology that makes it possible. So how does neural style transfer function in

  • How to Draw Fractals by Hand: A Beginner’s Guide
    How to Draw Fractals by Hand: A Beginner’s Guide

    Using fractals in projects is a lot of fun. This beginner’s guide will get you started learning how to draw fractals by hand. Math and algorithm-based art may seem to be a futuristic vision, but it is a growing and widely found concept. Fractal art isn’t a new idea. It’s been hanging around since the

  • Understanding a Bayesian Neural Network: A Tutorial
    Understanding a Bayesian Neural Network: A Tutorial

    Understanding Bayesian Neural Networks: A Tutorial A bayesian neural network is a type of artificial intelligence based on Bayes’ theorem with the ability to learn from data. Bayesian neural networks have been around for decades, but they have recently become very popular due to their powerful capabilities and scalability. They are considered to be one

  • Fractals in Art: A Deep Dive
    Fractals in Art: A Deep Dive

    Fractals are the confluence of mathematics and art. Found throughout nature, these self-similar patterns are endlessly fascinating, with a wide range of applications. Fractals have influenced technology, medicine, finances, and, yes, art. Today we’re going to do a deep dive on fractals: what they are, their history, and what makes them so satisfying to look

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