In my previous post about Crystal Balls (HERE), I mentioned that MidJourney’s offerings merited their own post. In part, that’s because there are many images, and it would have made that post way too long. But also, in my opinion, they merit their own showcase, unencumbered by other renderings.

A bit of a background about the way MidJourney AI generator works; you give it a prompt, and it generates four images. Those images are of low resolution, and just give you an idea of what it interpreted from your prompt. Here are some examples of them.

This post has been scheduled ahead of time since my internet presence will be sporadic over the next ten days or so . . . and, yes, more AI Art Generators creations . . . of spaceships! Maybe even one we might recognize.

Here are some of the terms I used in these prompts, although the prompts were not exactly the same for the different AI Art Generators (DALL-E, Dream, MidJourney, and NightCafe):

Steampunk, spaceship, in space, in city, 3d shading, hyperrealistic, 4K uhd, hyperdetailed, photorealism, copper, crystal.

So, let’s begin with DALL-E. I asked for spaceships in space, because, apparently, if you don’t specify space, there’s nothing to indicate these ships are in space. Heck, even when you ask, you can’t always determine we’re in space . . . we might be underwater, for all I know.

As near as I can tell, this is an early Borg design, before they figured out cubes — green cubes — are all the rage. The DALL-E generator has a definite look to its creations . . . but then, so do the other AI Generators. Anyway, to continue . . .

This post has been scheduled ahead of time since my internet presence will be sporadic over the next ten days or so . . . and, yes, more AI Art Generators creations . . . dinosaur creations, no less!

Here are some of the terms I used in these prompts, although the prompts were not exactly the same for the different AI Art Generators (DALL-E, Dream, MidJourney, and NightCafe):

Steampunk, Mechanical, T-Rex, in city, 3d shading, hyperrealistic, 4K uhd, hyperdetailed, photorealism, copper, Michelangelo.

So, let’s begin with DALL-E. I asked for a Michelangelo rendering of a mechanical T-Rex . . . obviously, Michelangelo put very little effort toward making these striking . . .

I think I might be able to conjure up something like that just by doodling. The next one is a little better . . .

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.

Yes, more AI-Generated art. For the few who might not know what is meant by Steampunk . . . well, you can click on THIS LINK. Basically, imagine no electricity and everything powered by steam. So, for instance, you could still have computers (HERE) but not run by electricity.

I ran a number of prompts on all four AI Art Generators (DALL-E, Dream by WOMBO, MidJourney, and NightCafe). Understand, there may be more AI Art Generators, but these are the ones I’m currently playing with.

The prompts ran from simple to more complex, and some incorporated other stuff besides ‘Steampunk Computers’ such as: drawn by Michelangelo, in the desert, made of copper, and some I currently don’t remember.

For instance, this was Dream’s concept of a steampunk computer as drawn by Michelangelo.

Dream By WOMBO

As we’ll see later, quite a different interpretation from MidJourney.

Just a quick post because it got late as I was playing with more AI Art Generators.

Yes, I wasted time I should have spent writing, but I had a good reason. I had credits that were expiring in a few days, and I didn’t want to waste them, so, first up, MidJourney.

But what prompt to give? Obviously, “robots playing chess in a desolate landscape“.

Well, that didn’t go so well, now, did it?

In the post introducing AI Art Generators (HERE), I mentioned there was one that I was waiting on. It’s by invitation only, and I finally got in . . .

It’s the DALL-E AI Generator, and I had great hopes for it as it seemed to generate more ‘realistic’ renderings than most. So, naturally, I tried duplicating some of the stuff I tried before.

For instance, generating a graphic for my Rainman Story (previous attempts HERE).

As usual, click on images for a larger version

I didn’t play with these, so they are presented exactly as rendered. I supposed I could ‘improve’ them if so motivated. For instance, I could do this to the above rendering.

NOTE: WordPress is messing with my embedded photos, as in not showing them or showing a broken link. They are looking into it, but I figured I would try to duplicate the last post in case the issue is specific to that post. HOWEVER …should the issue continue, my apologies. You can still see all the photos in the slideshow linked at the bottom of the post (I hope). Sorry for the inconvenience.

It turns out the fault was mine for not realizing photos in a private SmugMug gallery would retain their privacy setting even when moved to another gallery. All Photos should now show up both below and in the gallery.

So, now, this is a duplicate of the previous post. You can read it again or just ignore it.

Yes, more AI digital art . . . if not interested, you can perhaps read more of my early fiction (HERE).

I doubt anyone will actually go do that, but I at least offer readers an alternative to this post.

So, what are we looking at today? Well, it’s no secret I like hummingbirds. I’d briefly considered a hummingbird for my avatar (I might have called the blog Colibrí Flight). Had I gone ahead with that blog, what might that avatar look like? Perhaps something like this . . .

Hmm . . . not sure about that . . . a bit too stark, methinks. How about . . .

Not sure I like it off-center. Plus, a bit busy. Maybe something like this:

WordPress is wiping out the links to the photos, so many are missing below. I’ll try and recreate and republish the post to see if it fixes the issues. Sorry for the inconvenience. It turns out the fault was mine for not realizing photos in a private SmugMug gallery would retain their privacy setting even when moved to another gallery. All Photos should now show up both below and in the gallery.

Yes, more AI digital art . . . if not interested, you can perhaps read more of my early fiction (HERE).

I doubt anyone will actually go do that, but I at least offer readers an alternative to this post.

So, what are we looking at today? Well, it’s no secret I like hummingbirds. I’d briefly considered a hummingbird for my avatar (I might have called the blog Colibrí Flight). Had I gone ahead with that blog, what might that avatar look like? Perhaps something like this . . .

Hmm . . . not sure about that . . . a bit too stark, methinks. How about . . .

Not sure I like it off-center. Plus, a bit busy. Maybe something like this:

Yes, more AI digital art . . . if not interested, you can perhaps read some of my early fiction (HERE) or my top ten favorites of (my) alphabet stories submissions (HERE).

I doubt anyone will actually go do that, but now that they’ve left . . . my warmest ‘Welcome!’ to the remaining three readers who are willing to suffer through my digital art offerings.

So, what are we doing today? Well, many, many moons ago, at the beginning of the Internet, I came across this computer-generated image. It’s pretty simple by today’s standards, but back in the day, it was something, I tell you what!

I would love to give credit to the originator, but I’ve not found who it was. TinEye finds a similar image first used in 2017, but I know the image is at least from 1998, and probably older.

Anyway, that — or something like it — is what I set out to duplicate, and here’s the prompt I used:

three-masted sail ship in orbit around saturn

For them not familiar, the AI engine generated four concepts. From there, you can ‘upscale’ any or all of the four, get variations based on any or all of the four, or ask for a different four. This is what the prompt returned . . .

Certainly visually interesting, but not what I had in mind. I thought maybe ‘three-masted sail ship‘ was too difficult for the AI to parse, so I tried a different wording.

Yesterday I sort of dissed NightCafe . . . and, it’s true that trying to make something that looks realistic is a near-impossible task . . . so the answer is to not worry about realism and just go for broke, which is what I did . . .

but first, three offerings by Dream by WOMBO. I’m posting them because I find the engine fun to work with, and there are still many options I’ve not explored.

As mentioned before, the same prompt and style will not generate the same graphic because there’s also a random number generator that picks a seed photo. Of course, you can provide your own, but I’ve yet to try doing that.

I’ve not tried it because there are still many styles to try.

I wish they would be more consistent with their looks . . . the fact that two identical prompts and styles can give you drastically different results makes it difficult to plan out something specific.

In that regard, it’s fun to play with, but frustrating to create with.

But, on to NightCafe . . .

As a reminder, the voting for Round 5 of the Title Writing Prompt challenge closes at Noon, Tuesday, August 16th. That’s in 5 days. If you are interested in reading the stories and voting, or if you’ve read the stories and have yet to vote, there’s no time like the present.

You can find the poll and stories links in THIS post.

We had a small bump in votes after the previous reminder, but we’ve since again stalled. I suggest voting as early as possible before all the good votes are taken.

Now, then . . . . AI Digital Art Generators. As predicted, I wasted a bit more time with these tools, and I have some thoughts about them.

Before we get there, let’s begin with NightCafe.

Can you guess the prompt for this creation?

Before I go on, other than the last of my efforat with NightCafe, the images are fairly low-resolution and small because I only enhanced the last one.

Anyway, here’s the prompt I used to generate that image:

rainman detailed matte painting Pendleton Ward detailed painting majolica silver nitrate photo r/Art firey dystopian 8K 3D 

You needn’t try to interpret the prompt other than to know I was trying to generate a graphic for my contribution to this round’s title offering, Rainman. The first effort with each generator consisted of just giving the title. The rest of the stuff are things that affect the look of what’s generated.

Obviously, I can’t see much applicable to “rainman” in the above graphic . . . maybe this next prompt might generate something more like what I had envisioned . . .

rainman in arid landscape hyperdetailed photorealism digital illustration 3D shading thunderstorm landscape beautiful

Yesterday’s post covered three AI Art Generators, and the easiest site to play with — and it’s free — is Dream by WOMBO. Click on the link, enter a few words, pick a style, and you’re in business. And that’s what my sister AnnMarie and me did this afternoon over the phone.

I ran this on my computer
She ran the same prompt and style on her computer

Obviously, the same prompt and style choice doesn’t generate the same graphic, and that makes sense otherwise, we would have a finite number of possible results.

I mean, there probably is a finite number unless they have a quantum random number generator . . . but I could be wrong.

From here on, my trading cards have a title, whereas hers just say “Dream” for the title.

Anyway, we tried different prompts where we used the same words and styles . . .

mine
AnnMarie’s
AnnMarie’s

Some, like this next pair, were closer than others . . .

Some might remember when I played with Deep Dream Generator a few years ago. If you need a refresher, read THIS post, and, if you are a masochist, links to all related posts are HERE. The SmugMug Gallery collecting all those images is at this LINK. Warning: there are 382 images, and while many are (in my opinion) very good, there are many where I was trying out stuff and learning.

What is Deep Dream Generator? Well, it’s a bit like what I do with Topaz Studio when I artsify my images. Essentially, it blends the content, style, and colors of one image with the style of another to generate a mishmash with elements of both.

For the sake of this post, here are a few images to give you a flavor of what Deep Dream could generate:

Hummingbird photo plus Lava photo.
Buffalo and tree bark.
Gorilla and Singer sewing machine

Some of the photos are small because you ‘earned’ abilities and options the more you used the app. By the way, the site is still active; it’s just that I lost interest in it and moved on; however, my account is still active (HERE).