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My favorite thing about AI art is that the results are throw-aways. You are not asking a real artist to pour weeks of work and years of skill into something that is, basically, a joke.
In another window I’m brain-farting over a version of Stable Diffusion that is crunching away at a nude version of the Mona Lisa. Personally, Mona Lisa is hardly one of my favorite works – it’s small, dark, dour, uninteresting – but “we can fix that!” is the motto of the AI artist. I’ll update this posting with a better version if I get one I really like:
I normally would have used Midjourney but dicks and breasts and stuff like that are not allowed, because offense or something. So I turned to one of my other favorites and asked for Midjourney to goth it up.
I legitimately love that image. The character of the image is completely changed, yet it still resembles its original. Fascinating. Look what it did with the background painting!
Meanwhile, another favorite of mine, “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent. What a wonderful painting for a goth remix. So, I gotta confess something – one of my benchmarks of beauty is a good nose. Madame X’s nose is spectacular. Midjourney kind of snubbed it down. But I can ask for profile views, etc. This came out pretty good:
Actually, a lot of them came out spectacular. But I can’t bury you with them.
I know that variations on Grant Woods’ otherwise boring “American Gothic” have been done to death, but I just did one for the hell of it.
It didn’t understand “just the woman” and redecorated the guy, too. Kind of a bummer, really, but AIs work that way – once you have activated “mohawk hairdo” in the prompt it tries to mohawk all the hair.
To produce these, I provided the original as a prompt reference, which tends to limit the AI’s ability to go far afield. My text prompt asked for torn mesh stockings and a pinned tshirt for Madame X but it couldn’t leave the elegance of the image.
This is Stable Diffusion’s version of the Grant Wood: