What I'm loving about Midjourney is that it's enabling me to create visual images when I have never been able to before. I'm able to explore a theme, borrowing from other artists, to hopefully provoke thought. This series was being created as I spoke to a friend about how fast technology works these days from the old dial up days, and how utterly crazy this tech is. We feel a little discombulated, truth be told. This is the feeling I wanted to get into this series, setting it in the Wild West with woman posing with modern technologies.
The first one is with a robot - the AI came up with some very old fashioned robots. I love her thin frame and determined look. The robot seems to be looking to her for guidance and it's uncertain whether she is leading the situation or unhappy with the robot's presence.
It took a long time to get exactly what I wanted, and a lot of blurred, strange faces as the AI tried to conceptualise what I was saying. Some were freakish - blank, blurred faces and tall, imposing robot men when it was the female figure I wanted to lead the way, focussing on her interacting with technology in a landscape of the past.
The next photo I was pleasantly suprised and pleased with, despite not intending it, was the TV Woman. To me it seemed to echo what I was doing in front of a screen, melded with the AI. Note her feet, and the building capping. Strange things happen as you try to get the AI to bring your concepts to life, but there is still something delightful about this.
I love the woman with the BOSE headphones. I'd asked the AI to create in the style of Grant Wood of American gothic fame, and the gaze has that intensity. She appears to be looking toward the future whist listening to whatever it is she is hearing on the headphones.
After that I had really difficulty getting clarity in the faces. Does anyone have any tips for that? I was only making changes to the objects not the descriptions of the woman, the setting or style, so I'm not sure what was going on there. Perhaps the AI was discombobulated as well.
It was becoming increasingly difficult to adhere to the theme. I wonder if there are ways to change minor details without getting too crazy. However, some interesting images I liked did appear. This screaming lady was meant to be holding a vaccuum cleaner, however, appears to be wildly furious with some other tech.
Try as I might, I could not get the AI to pose the woman with modern appliances. It seemed to want to get something to fit the theme. The television seemed to be most modern.
Add 'screaming' to the mix and things started going a little wrong. But then that's what happens if you give a woman a vacuum cleaner.
I love this one - she seems to be wondering what ahppened to her land, starting at us from the past as we watch her on a documentary.
Changing the parameters a little, it gets spooky - same dress, but a young girl watching a house on the screen. The sand from previous images keeps occuring even though I haven't 'fed' it sand - the 'empty' street perhaps begged for sand.
As I write this post, it's 37 degrees outside and I'm melting. I'm transported to another world, another time, lost in a melting of modern technology with the wild west, a long gone America where we could have only dream of AI art in our wildest imaginations.
Now, I find myself following themes and threads to create images that disturb, amuse, and amaze me. It's like painting with AI. I'll try to resist sharing too many with you but I thought you might enjoy this purposeful series and hopefully get something interesting out of it.
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