Plankton Bay, Shallow Waters

Helena Sarin

2020 / Generative Mixed Media

It’s not uncommon for sketches to lead to great works of art. But what if they actually become the art itself? Helena’s #latentDoodles series shows exactly how that can work.

The Process

Using her own drawings, sketches, and photographs as datasets (between 100 and 2,000 samples), Helena trains her models to generate new visuals as the basis of her compositions. She uses SNGAN and CycleGAN exclusively, finding that SOTA performs poorly on small, diverse datasets. Helena uses a BYO local server, which now includes both NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce GPUs.

Having abandoned the easel in favor of GANs, Helena often organizes her works into a grid that’s randomly generated during the inference time as part of her artistic pipeline. This technique adds a layer of complexity and depth to her work.

Helena uses this proven, repeatable process to deal with GANs and showcase many images as one work. This approach has helped to define her unique design aesthetic.

The Book

Helena Sarin

Helena Sarin

Visual artist and software engineer Helena Sarin has always worked with cutting-edge technologies for tech companies. At the same time, she has done commission work in watercolor and pastel, as well as in the applied arts like fashion, food, and drink styling and photography. But art and software ran as parallel tracks in her life, all her art being analog, until she discovered GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks). She founded Neural Bricolage to demystify, promote, and display AI-assisted artwork. Last year, The Book of GANesis was immediately sold out and today she’s working on a second artist book.