As I mentioned in my previous post, I still do some writing on Medium.com. I love doing the 50-word and 100-word story prompts from Centina Pentina. One of the editors, J.A. Taylor, came up with an idea for this week’s Pentina (50-word prompt) that just blew me away. He found a site where you can generate faces of people that don’t really exist.
So I went over to check out the site called This Person Does Not Exist and thought it was kind of cool. Then I realized that if you really look at some of the images, there are some serious mistakes found within them. Sometimes they’re wearing only half a pair of glasses, kids with grown-up faces, I found one picture of a kid with grey hair. The next thing I knew, I had a whole file dedicated to the images as each one was trying to tell me a story…their story.
Thispersondoesnotexist.com creates computer-generated images. The coolest (and saddest) thing about this site is that you’ll never get the same image twice. Once you’ve moved on, it’s gone. That was the reason I created a folder for them. Also, a lot of these images are a bit odd in the fact that (to me anyway) they either look like murderers or murder victims. Maybe I watch too many crime shows, but I’d look at one photo and think “yea, this guy’s got someone tied up in his basement”, then I’d look at the next image and think, “and that’s who it is.” I also found myself naming certain characters as they came up. It was almost as if they were telling me their names. It was odd.
I’ve always had a thing for coming up with characters. I could see them, plain as day, in my mind’s eye. I could see the curves of their faces, the different hues in their hair, and the twinkles in their eyes. This site has made that even easier for me. Now, I see the face and they tell me their whole story in a matter of minutes. It’s a blast.
There are a few other things you can generate through this site. You can generate cats, artwork, and horses. The horse generator needs some work and I did see a lot of images of horses with extra feet and elongated bodies. Not something you’d normally want, but if you write fantasy, this might be a good thing.
I spent some time searching the generated art pieces and found several that began to inspire some poetic thoughts. Many of them are just random colorful blobs, but a few of them came out looking like actual paintings. A few were actually quite beautiful. I’ve also begun a folder just for these as I think I could create some beautiful poems from them.
If you’re bored and have a couple of hours to kill, check out thispersondoesnotexist.com. Because these images are computer-generated and not real people, there’s no copyright on the images. They are free to use and may be just the thing to inspire that next big piece.