GANILLA: Generative adversarial networks for image to illustration translation

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Citation Formats
S. Hicsonmez, N. Samet, E. Akbaş, and P. DUYGULU ŞAHİN, “GANILLA: Generative adversarial networks for image to illustration translation,” IMAGE AND VISION COMPUTING, pp. 0–0, 2020, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: