Published October 7, 2022
[AI Art Weekly] Tom, what is your favourite prompt when creating art?
This is one of my favourite results and was one of my first successful audio-reactive animations:
geometric portrait, Red Fox, symmetry, identical eyes, fantasy, medium shot, pastel color illustration, ornate, super detailed, cinematic lighting, detailed, intricate (+ artist of your choice). I think the imagery is really strong throughout the animation and works well with the music.
If I’m stuck for inspiration I’ll come back to
Norman Rockwell or
Edward Hopper. Both painted scenes of American life but Rockwell portrays warmth and happiness whereas Hopper portrays loneliness and realism. By including these artists in a prompt it makes it easier to build a scene that focuses on people.
Back in July I posted some of my early Stable Diffusion images and you might be able to see the influence of these artists.
[AI Art Weekly] Who is your favourite artist?
It’s almost cliche as he’s so popular, but Leonardo Da Vinci was someone who wasn’t limited by the thinking of his time.
I love the way he incorporated the natural world into his paintings and drawings. His use of light and shadow to create a sense of depth and movement in his work is inspiring today.
His work represents the perfect balance between art and science.
[AI Art Weekly] How do you think AI Art tools will evolve in the future? What possibilities can you image?
There are so many great tools and workflows. Dalle and MidJourney make it easy to generate great images with a simple prompt, but Stable Diffusion’s open source release has resulted in an explosion of tools and creativity.
My favourite tool for Stable Diffusion is the Deforum notebook which feels very familiar to anyone who ever used Disco Diffusion.
As a very brief overview, for an audio reactive animation I will:
- Select a soundtrack (or generate one with a tool like Mubert)
- Generate the keyframes using a tool like Audio Keyframe Generator
- Create frames using the Deforum notebook on Google Colab
- Download the video and if necessary upscale it with Topaz Video Enhance AI
- Interpolate Frames with FlowFrames
If anything’s not working just start again. It usually doesn’t take long to spot there’s something wrong.
[AI Art Weekly] Anything else you want to share?
We’re at a point where anyone can create great looking images with minimum effort. There are millions of users on MidJourney and DreamStudio. What do we do now? How do we distinguish ourselves from the crowd and create something original?
I spent four years at art school and love drawing, sculpting and painting. I don’t think AI will or should replace that. I’m constantly looking at what can be achieved with generative AI that can’t be done in any other way.
Social media is full of fascinating AI generated tech demos but there must be more we can do. I have stories to tell and I’m constantly exploring ways to tell those stories.
The future of Generative AI is bright.