Cyberpunk and Steampunk Crystal Balls

So, rather than writing my story for the challenge, working on my photos, or doing anything productive, I occasionally return to playing with AI Art Generators.

I’m old, you see, so I don’t feel the push (or pull) to achieve anything in particular. After all, it’s all I can do just to put on my pants in the morning without falling over . . . most mornings, at least.

So, when the mood strikes, I do what the mood wants, and today, I wanted to share balls; crystal balls.

For these AI Art Generators renderings, the prompts contained words like crystal ball (occasionally misspelled as balll), dystopian, realistic, copper, detailed, and so on. I ran those with both cyberpunk and steampunk qualifiers, and I’ll begin with the cyberpunk renderings.

As I’ve been doing in these posts, I open with the renderings from Dream by WOMBO.

Note I had misspelled ‘ball’, but I still got the general gist. Not sure how much ‘cyberpunk’, ‘crystal ball’, or ‘dystopian’ I got, but I did get ‘copper’.

Whereas the other art generators create multiple concepts before refining them, Dream gives you one at a time. You also get to choose the style for the rendering, so with the same prompt, I generated these other two renderings (there are many styles, but I only ran three).

Those are interesting, but nothing that made me go ga-ga over them.

I then tried NightCafe. It generates four at a time, and these were definitely cyberpunky and dystopian (mildly redundant, them two words are), although I thought the ‘crystal ball’ and ‘copper’ elements were mostly missing.

This has a bit of a Bladerunner vibe.

OK, so they had extra blue, purple, and magenta paint cans laying around and decided to make use of it.

I then moved on to DALL-E . . . visually striking, the stuff I got, and while I can see some elements of the prompt (especially the crystal ball part), I still thought they were lacking. I mean, they look cool, especially the quasi-Eye-of-Sauron, but I was expecting more.

Well, I thought, enough with the cyberpunk. Let’s move on to steampunk, and let’s rerun the same Dream by WOMBO styles as before . . .

OK, so the second and third renderings are interesting. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to show them to anyone . . . er . . . oh, wait.

Now, NightCafe handled itself very well with the steampunk option. I thought their four renderings covered the main qualifiers of the prompt.

I thought all four were pretty good, and I looked forward to what DALL-E had to offer . . . and I wasn’t disappointed.

Mind you, I don’t think they are as visually striking as the NightCafe offerings, but they’re quite good in more subtle ways.

I thought the first and third were the best of those.

“Just a second! What about MidJourney’s offerings?”

Well, Bob, I didn’t run the cyberpunk option through MidJourney.

“OK, but what about the steampunk option?”

Yeah, I ran those, but . . .

“But what? Come on, spill the beans!”

Well, I ain’t got beans to spill, Bob, but I can tell you this . . . those are going to get a dedicated post.

“Wait! I mean, I can’t wait!”

OK, I’ll give you a small preview of what I’ll soon share.

BTW, while you can click any of the images and a larger version will open in a new tab or window, I’ll suggest that if you’re only going to click on three images, it should be the next three. You know, if you find them interesting.

Anyway, if you want to see all of the above at their maximum resolution, you can go to THIS SmugMug gallery. You can also watch the slideshow at full screen if your screen is large enough (it might not be).

Slideshow of Cyberpunk and Steampunk Crystal Balls Gallery — (25 images)

Remember, you can pause the slideshow and advance it manually. If you exit the slideshow, you’ll be in the Gallery. You can then click on each image and zoom in and out.

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