bamboo-moons

There’s a new neural net based artistic style algorithm out there that enables anyone with a smartphone, even total non-artists, to create dazzling works of art in minutes, and I’m planning to use it to create illustrations for a new collection of haiku.

I’d also like you to help me.

I’ll create illustrations for most of the haiku that will be in this new book, but I’ll set aside five haiku for you. You’ll use Pikazo, a free phone app available for both Android and iPhone, to create illustrations for one or more of the haiku, and I’ll put the best ones into the book and credit you. You’ll also get five signed copies of the book, and the makers of Pikazo will award you 500 “jetons”, which are an in-app currency you can use to buy style packs and high resolution enhancements.

Pikazo is quite easy to use: you just feed it a photo and a “style image” (usually an image of a painting) and it will recreate the photo in the style of the painting. So for example, if you give it a photo of yourself and a painting by Van Gogh, it will paint your portrait in the style of Van Gogh! For the contest, you just need to find or take a photo that illustrates a haiku, and then style it in a compelling way.

Here are the contest rules:

  1. I’ll provide a choice of five possible haiku below.
  2. You can enter as many illustrations for as many of the haiku as you like.
  3. You must use Pikazo to create your entries.
  4. If you use a custom style image, the image must be of art that’s in the public domain, or you must have the express permission of the artist to use their work in this way.
  5. The source photos must either be public domain, or be licensed in such a way (such as the Creative Commons CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses) that permits royalty-free modification and commercial use. (Helpful hint: Flickr is a great repository of such photos, and allows you to filter searches by licensing levels very easily.) Or you must have the express permission of the photographer to use their photo for this contest.
  6. Entries can be submitted in either of two ways:  by posting them to the public Facebook “Pikazo Salon” group, hashtagged #HaikuDiemContest, or by posting them to Twitter and mentioning @HaikuDiem. Please also include the haiku you’re illustrating.
  7. Your illustrations will remain your property, but by entering them into this contest, you’re giving me permission to publish them in my book and in any related online or printed marketing content, as long as I credit you.
  8. I’ll pick at least one winner, and possibly up to five.
  9. The deadline for contest entries is 11:59pm PST, January 15th, 2017.

Here are the possible haiku:

a wandering cloud
eclipses the sun, swallows
the robin’s shadow

airborne wind-spun scraps
circle around the body
of a dancing ghost

plume of breath
the slow dissolve of cold
into light

metallic pleasure
last of the ice cream licked off
the back of the spoon

office space terrain
sudden swath of unused desks
odd desolation!

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries!

 

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A new (old) book — and a contest!

6:59 pm November 27, 2016

bamboo-moons

There’s a new neural net based artistic style algorithm out there that enables anyone with a smartphone, even total non-artists, to create dazzling works of art in minutes, and I’m planning to use it to create illustrations for a new collection of haiku.

I’d also like you to help me.

I’ll create illustrations for most of the haiku that will be in this new book, but I’ll set aside five haiku for you. You’ll use Pikazo, a free phone app available for both Android and iPhone, to create illustrations for one or more of the haiku, and I’ll put the best ones into the book and credit you. You’ll also get five signed copies of the book, and the makers of Pikazo will award you 500 “jetons”, which are an in-app currency you can use to buy style packs and high resolution enhancements.

Pikazo is quite easy to use: you just feed it a photo and a “style image” (usually an image of a painting) and it will recreate the photo in the style of the painting. So for example, if you give it a photo of yourself and a painting by Van Gogh, it will paint your portrait in the style of Van Gogh! For the contest, you just need to find or take a photo that illustrates a haiku, and then style it in a compelling way.

Here are the contest rules:

  1. I’ll provide a choice of five possible haiku below.
  2. You can enter as many illustrations for as many of the haiku as you like.
  3. You must use Pikazo to create your entries.
  4. If you use a custom style image, the image must be of art that’s in the public domain, or you must have the express permission of the artist to use their work in this way.
  5. The source photos must either be public domain, or be licensed in such a way (such as the Creative Commons CC BY or CC BY-SA licenses) that permits royalty-free modification and commercial use. (Helpful hint: Flickr is a great repository of such photos, and allows you to filter searches by licensing levels very easily.) Or you must have the express permission of the photographer to use their photo for this contest.
  6. Entries can be submitted in either of two ways:  by posting them to the public Facebook “Pikazo Salon” group, hashtagged #HaikuDiemContest, or by posting them to Twitter and mentioning @HaikuDiem. Please also include the haiku you’re illustrating.
  7. Your illustrations will remain your property, but by entering them into this contest, you’re giving me permission to publish them in my book and in any related online or printed marketing content, as long as I credit you.
  8. I’ll pick at least one winner, and possibly up to five.
  9. The deadline for contest entries is 11:59pm PST, January 15th, 2017.

Here are the possible haiku:

a wandering cloud
eclipses the sun, swallows
the robin’s shadow

airborne wind-spun scraps
circle around the body
of a dancing ghost

plume of breath
the slow dissolve of cold
into light

metallic pleasure
last of the ice cream licked off
the back of the spoon

office space terrain
sudden swath of unused desks
odd desolation!

I’m looking forward to seeing your entries!