ArtImagine gnomes taking over the world: Exploring AI art.

Imagine gnomes taking over the world: Exploring AI art.

Last week I got started with Midjourney, and oh my god, it’s amazing! It’s an AI that lets you imagine & visualize everything you can think of, by simply typing the words. Gnomes taking over the world? Midjourney visualizes it. Two goats fighting over a piece of pizza? Can do. A holy teddybear? No problem either. You want them in a Van Gogh style or more like Rembrandt? It’s all possible. 

Within a week I created (or well, I just type stuff) over 450 pieces of AI art. How good is it? What are its limitations? And what opportunities does it offer for creatives in their daily work?

Briefly, how does Midjourney work?

Not an extended tutorial in this blogpost, but Midjourney is like an AI you can talk to. For example, you ask, ‘Imagine gnomes taking over the world,’ Within a minute, you get four visualizations of how this looks, according to Midjourney. Below a few examples of images that are generated by Midjourney. Below each image you can read what I asked the AI for.

A few examples of what Midjourney creations.

Midjourney Creation. Imagine, A Box of Frogs
Midjourney Ai Art Pickachu Robot
Midjourney Ai Art Pickachu Robot
Midjourney Creation: Jigglypuff Robot
Midjourney Creation: Jigglypuff Robot
Midjourney Creation: A field with hay bales in the english countryside.
Midjourney Creation: A field with hay bales in the english countryside.
Midjourney Creation: A cube of rice in a red room.
Midjourney Creation: A cube of rice in a red room.

At the end of this blogpost more weird sneak peaks into my imagination. 

My main tip get better results: Don't be too specific.

That would be my main tip. Don’t be too specific. If you enter “Gnomes taking over the world,” that is generic. But “Goats fighting over a piece of pizza in the middle of a forest” is too specific. 

 

‘Taking over the world’ can be anything. It’s almost like, you need to leave some room for the imagination of the AI. 

 

However, you can be specific in how it should feel. Things like ‘Dreamlike,’ ‘Realistic,’ ‘Detailed,’ ‘Horror,’ ‘Scary’, and ‘Happy’ all help to get the mood you’re hoping to achieve.

 

Other than that: no magic tips. Just play around. Retrying, adding, or leaving out a few keywords can do the trick to get better results. But don’t expect too much of it yet. Especially faces of both humans and animals will still look a bit broken.

 

Midjourney AI in the daily live of a creative

A few ideas you can use Midjourney for:

 

  • Album Covers: As I said earlier, Midjourney results can be a bit arty, but that is perfectly fine for album covers. Either use what you get right out of the box or as a source of inspiration that you tweak or recreate in your favorite design tool.

 

  • The starting point for a branding or design project. Designers often get the challenge of visualizing specific brand values. Enter those brand values and see what you get. You probably get some colors, in a particular style, with certain patterns and shapes. Great input for some creative explorations, whether it’s a post you have to make or a branding: it’s fantastic.

 

  • Cake design: I’ve seen people in the creative food industry use this tool as a creative starting point. Want a design direction for your next ‘A 3 layer golden wedding cake’? Go ahead, ask Midjourney.

 

  • Architecture: It’s great for visualizing buildings or houses. I’ve added an example of this at the end of this post.

 

  • Illustrations: Midjourney is excellent in combining two or more art styles. You can get creative by combining, say, 17th-century Rembrandt combined with 19th-century Picasso and Cubism.

Midjourney AI compared to other AI's

I did notice that Midjourney, compared to Dall-E 2, usually gives a very artistic outcome. It looks like Midjourney always applies some artist style, painted, digital art, watercolor, and so on, but never seems to end up in photorealistic results.

 

More weird Midjourney creations

A Floating Holy Chicken Nugget
A Floating Holy Chicken Nugget
Gnomes Taking Over the World
Gnomes Taking Over the World
Floating_Potion File with Blue Liquid
Floating_Potion File with Blue Liquid
Transparant Glass Nike Air Airmax
Transparant Glass Nike Air Airmax
Midjourney Creation: A Chicken Astronaut
Midjourney Creation: A Chicken Astronaut
Midjourney Creation: A House in a Forest
Midjourney Creation: A House in a Forest
Midjourney Creation: The End of the World
Midjourney Creation: The End of the World
Midjourney Creation: Koala Robot
Midjourney Creation: Koala Robot
Midjourney Creation: Murderous Teddy Bear
Midjourney Creation: Murderous Teddy Bear
Midjourney Creation: A Box of Frogs
Midjourney Creation: A Box of Frogs
Midjourney Creation: Exploding Sun
Midjourney Creation: Exploding Sun

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