What would famous animated characters from movies and TV shows look like in real life? One digital artist has created a fascinating series of AI-assisted “portraits” that provide the answers to that question.
Moe from The Simpsons
Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid
Tinkerbell from Peter Pan
“Since I discovered artificial intelligence, I’ve been challenging myself to do things I would never have imagined doing,” Diao tells PetaPixel. “With several studies and a lot of practice, I thought it was time to bring some Disney characters to human life.”
Diao says he grew up watching the Simpsons, Hanna Barbera shows, and Disney animations that made a big impact on his life. With state-of-the-art AI photo software, Diao was able to create lifelike portraits of some of his favorite characters.
Carl Frederickson from Up
Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Millhouse from The Simpsons
Jasmine from Aladdin
Ned Flanders from The Simpsons
“When we watch some animation, it is natural to accept the cartoonish proportions of the characters without any problems, after all, we are quite used to this type of trait,” Diao writes at Bored Panda, where is a contributor. “But what if, as in a spell, they became real, flesh and blood? I tried to bring them into our world through artificial intelligence.”
Rapunzel from Tangled
Each portrait was created by scouring the Web for portraits containing facial features matching the characters.
“I look for images in banks and overlay the image starting with the eyes,” Diao says. “The hardest part is finding an image that matches the character I’m working on.”
Joe Gardner from Soul
Mirabel from Encanto
Prince Hans from Frozen
You can follow along with Diao’s work on his Instagram.