A.I. Art for April 2023
The big news is that the MidJourney A.I. art service recently released version 5 for user testing. Which promptly caused a bunch of idiots to make free accounts, then try to make rude and deep-fake images. MJ banned a bunch of users and suspended free accounts for the moment. And this is why we can't have nice things. Luckily, I'm not a philosopher or pundit, so I get to enjoy the pretty pretties without having to worry about what it all means. (My take on A.I. anything: It's a tool, not a meteor about to hit the planet.) This is my A.I. art for April 2023. Click the images below to see bigger version. Please note that this is an image-heavy post.
Want more? See these previous posts for an intro to AI art and my experiences:
Adventures in AI-Generated Art • More Fun with A.I. Art • A.I. Art for December • A.I. Art for January 2023 • A.I. Art for February 2023 • A.I. Art for March 2023
I'm still giving the other A.I. art services a rest. Right now, MidJourney is leaving them in the dust as far as pleasing results.
MidJourney Version 5
Per the MidJourney announcements and articles, MJ version 5 improves its capability for realism. The differences are both obvious and subtle. MidJourney is unapologetic about their bias toward “pleasing images,” and their further bias toward what their paying customers like. It's a smart business decision, though self-limiting as far as the state-of-the-art is concerned. Anyway, see the captions for the prompts I used and notes on each.
A.I. Art from MidJourney: Version Comparison
I looked back through my images and pulled some successful and some failed MJ version 4 images and re-ran them with version 5. For the most part, I like version 5 better, though not always.
Images by MidJourney to Compare Artist Styles
You can influence MJ's style considerably by adding artistic styles or names to the prompt. I like to include two or three, as if I asked the artists to collaborate on an image just for me. Some styles are heavy-hitters and will crowd out the others if you aren't careful. Word order in prompts can make all the difference.
More Version 5 MidJourney A.I. Art, Just Because
These are random experiments.
That's all for this month. I'll be back soon with more adventures in A.I. art for your entertainment and mine.