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AI Art Weekly #39

Hello there, my fellow dreamers, and welcome to issue #39 of AI Art Weekly! 👋

Searching through AI Art Weekly has been a bit of a pain. So I’ve added a new Resources section that lists all past links and makes them searchable. I haven’t had the time to integrate links before issue #17 yet, but will do so over the weekend or next week. I’m also planning to add some categories to filter by tools, papers, tutorials, and so on. I hope you find it useful.

Let’s get to what’s new this week:

  • Midjourney v5.2 got released
  • Stable Diffusion XL 0.9 preview released
  • MotionGPT can turn text to human motions and vice versa
  • Diffusion with Forward Models reconstructs 3D scenes from a single image
  • Blended-NeRF can manipulate existing NeRF scenes
  • Interview with Nuclear Samurai and Jono K
  • aiNodes Engine by deforum developer XmYx
  • Texture Prompt for some blending magic
  • And more

Cover Challenge 🎨

Theme: censorship
71 submissions by 41 artists
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🧡 4th: @newmediapioneer

News & Papers

Midjourney v5.2 released

Midjourney v5.2 got released this week which introduces the following changes:

  • Outpainting is finally here 🔥
  • A new Aesthetic System with improved aesthetics and sharper Images, slightly improved coherence and text understanding
  • A new “High Variation Mode” which makes all variation jobs much more varied
  • And a new /shorten command which lets you ‘analyze’ a prompt and get suggestions on what words might not be doing anything and which ones might be key

I’ve compiled a thread with examples for all 4 new major changes on Twitter.

detailed surreal portrait shot of a gorgeous redhead, in the style of bymaia flore and doug aitken, new american color photography, sentimental realism, colorful realism, soft edged --c 15 --ar 3:2 outpainted from a square image

SDXL 0.9 preview released

The Stable Foundation released a new Stable Diffusion XL 0.9 preview on ClipDrop. According to their official announcement, we’re steps away from a public release of SDXL 1.0 for all!

Now SDXL might not have the same visual fidelity like Midjourney, but it’s still a very powerful tool, one I can’t wait to see what the open-source community will do with it once it gets released.

masterpiece stained glass of an epic gnome battle, angry gnomes, detailed, large window by @thehackettman with SDXL 0.9

MotionGPT: Human Motion as Foreign Language

It’s been a while since we’ve some update in the field of Text-to-Motion. MotionGPT is the latest advancement, a user-friendly motion-language model to handle multiple motion-relevant tasks. By treating human motions as a language, the model is able to convert Text-to-Motion, Motion-to-Text and even predict future motions.

MotionGPT examples

Diffusion with Forward Models: Solving Stochastic Inverse Problems Without Direct Supervision

Bringing movement into 2D images is something I’m super interested in. Diffusion with Forward Models is a able to reconstruct 3D scenes from a single input image. Additionally it’s also able to add small and short motions to images with people in them.

Diffusion with Forward Models RealEstate10k examples

Blended-NeRF: Zero-Shot Object Generation and Blending in Existing Neural Radiance Fields

I haven’t shared NeRF-related progress in a while. Blended-NeRF is an interesting one. It lets you manipulate object textures as well as replace, blend and insert objects into an existing NeRF scene via text prompts or input images. Pretty cool.

Large Object Replacement example with the prompt A DLSR photo of ice and snow

More gems

  • AvatarBooth: High-Quality and Customizable 3D Human Avatar Generation
  • MagicBrush: A Manually Annotated Dataset for Instruction-Guided Image Editing
  • DreamEdit: Subject-driven Image Editing
  • MagicPony: Learning Articulated 3D Animals in the Wild
  • AudioPaLM: A Large Language Model That Can Speak and Listen

Interviews

Anna Dart and me got yet another two AI Surrealism interviews for you. This week with Nuclear Samurai and Jono K.


Tools & Tutorials

These are some of the most interesting resources I’ve come across this week.

king and queen clone with squeezed cucumber wearing shimmering belly dance costume hugging in the laundry, fashion analog ultra minimalist photography, subtle pastel tones, modernist sensibilities, kinetic energy, fanciful costume design, from above, muted hues, 1990s --q 1 --ar 16:9 --s 1000 . Prompt by hazmat008 from our Discord.

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