Russian paint a house without doors. The artist has studied how people from different countries portray the same subjects

Russian paint a house without doors. The artist has studied how people from different countries portray the same subjects

In November 2016, Google launched browser game of Quick Draw! — the user was asked to draw a certain object, and a neural network were to guess what it is. Thanks to the game Google has collected millions of images that can be analyzed. Artist Kyle McDonald of Los Angeles smashed the picture across countries and found out how typologically different drawings made by residents of different regions.

Artist Kyle McDonald’s and Google employee Ian Johnson studied data from Quick Draw!, imposing on each other drawings of the same items across countries. And found chairs in the United States and Taiwan draw in different ways.

looking at https://t.co/EEjtNwlgXY w @enjalot earlier this year, we made a surprising discovery: the US & taiwan draw chairs differently! pic.twitter.com/rzzlfdnlnx

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Example with chairs included in the blog post Google published on August 25. There’s also stated that some of the objects — for example, cats look the same for residents of all countries.

After a few days, MacDonald said in the tweet on other occasions when people of different nationalities to represent different objects. There are many examples.

It turned out that the chairs at an angle and draw residents from other countries in South-East Asia.

while most of the world draws chairs from the side, some countries in east & southeast asia draw them in perspective! pic.twitter.com/OzcZ4E6mhx

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

In Asia, special paint and emoticons with smiling eyes.

we decided to check more categories for patterns, starting with the smiley faces: south korea, japan, and taiwan have smiling eyes ^_^ pic.twitter.com/Q19dSAPntZ

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Many users, who were asked to draw a candlestick, are usually pictured him like he’s hanging from the ceiling. But not French — they have the candle stands on the table.

the english “chandelier” hangs from the ceiling, but in french it sits on a table (candelabra). the effect decreases w distance from france pic.twitter.com/l1uXuPNCyd

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

The difference in architecture: in different countries different paint the roofs of the houses, and in Russia and Belarus are pictured window instead of a door.

even architecture comes through, with roofs varying in their amount of overhang. (and apparently russian houses have no doors?) pic.twitter.com/zEiXspIdRU

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Another feature of South-East Asia: there know exactly what fish and ducks should look to the left (in other countries draw from the head to both sides). Stand out among the Turks — they have the fish looks strictly to the right.

many countries can’t decide which direction things face, but in east & southeast asia fish & ducks face left. btw: turkish fish face right? pic.twitter.com/RkX8k57nrN

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

In Asia snowmen are drawing in two parts, not three. Twitter MacDonald said that in Japan, snowmen called “snow darumas” — a doll-the dolls, which depict squatting (and therefore consisting of two parts).

for most of these patterns, like the chairs, we have no explanation. maybe you know: why are some snowmen three circles, and some are two? pic.twitter.com/oF9LetQAej

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

in japan, snow men, snow are called “daruma” and modeled after squat daruma figures, so they use only 2 circles https://t.co/fH9mDRhEWm pic.twitter.com/eQ7fVo0QWF

[email protected] (@mandimappy) 29 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

That’s awesome re: the daruma! Didn’t know. I assume the ubiquitous snowmen in the TV weather reports pretty much perpetuate the tendency pic.twitter.com/O4q7NfiVLX

— A BL & yaoi fan. (@Akaitsuru) 30 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Users were asked to draw a watermelon, usually painted a slice. But in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine could not decide, draw a slice or a whole watermelon.

why are some pizzas (or watermelons) slices, and others drawn whole? pic.twitter.com/LVQbinnkSh

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Briefs: in some countries boxers are painted more often than others.

when people draw underwear, it’s almost universally “briefs”, but why are there more “boxers” in some places? pic.twitter.com/shcSwfu0Fp

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) 28 Aug 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Finally, the outlet: in each country, draw them as they look there.

a few more because this has gotten popular: the way you draw power outlets is probably the clearest indicator of where you live. pic.twitter.com/5tCrI1xftI

— Kyle McDonald (@kcimc) on August 29, 2017
During the download an error has occurred.

Sultan Suleimanov

Comments

comments