Midjourney Concept Art A 1980s Dystopia

Midjourney Concept Art: A 1980s Dystopia

I've enjoyed using Midjourney, a new online AI image generator, for creating images. I enjoy creating images within a particular theme. Last time I created many images within the theme of "Retro Space Travel Photos". This time the theme is "a 1980s Dystopia".

I started creating images using the following variations of the following prompt:

"a 1980s science fiction dystopia, cinematic, film grain, 1980s, movie, --testp, --ar 3:2"

I was trying to emulate some of the images I'd seen in the 1984 BBC film Threads, which depicts life in Britain following a nuclear strike by the Soviet Union, as well as 1984 itself. thought the images it created looked cool, and decided to share them below.

Images created by Midjourney of a 1980s Dystopia

Midjourney Concept Art A 1980s Dystopia a nuclear explosion
Midjourney Concept Art A 1980s Dystopia a mushroom cloud
a ruined city in the 1980s dystopia
a rioting crowd by midjourney AI art
a rioting crowd by midjourney AI art
a rioting police squad by midjourney AI art
a blurry photo of a tank created using mid journey
two tanks rolling down the road in an AI art image
riot police in a city street mid journey
a man wearing a helmet
a man running across the road in front of two tanks mid journey concept art
a man mid journey concept art
a gas mask mid journey concept art
a frightened woman AI art
a man standing in a city street mid journey concept art
a deserted building created by artificial intelligence to resemble the 1980s
a woman standing in the street in the 1980s dystopian feel creepy
a concerned looking woman mid journey concept art
a gas mask mid journey concept art
two men wearing gas masks with red visors mid journey concept art
a sci fi city from the 1980s AI art
a plane flying over a city AI art mid journey

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DALLE2 vs Midjourney

DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney

I wanted to compare DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney, as Midjourney has recently enabled users to use --test and --testp to upgrade their images and make them much more realistic. Using --test and --testp (test being a more creative improvement and testp leaning towards more photorealistic improvement) and comparing to current DALL-E 2 outputs.

So I chose a variety of prompts to give DALL-E 2 and Midjourney, chose what I considered to be the best from each one and decided on a Winner (and therefore a loser!) from each comparison.

Toronto TTC Streetcars

"a photograph of a TTC streetcar on the street in downtown Toronto, foggy, winter, tall buildings, TTC streetcar, Canada, photography, street photography, city, 8K, realistic, detailed, real world"

DALLE2 "a photograph of a TTC streetcar on the street in downtown Toronto, foggy, winter, tall buildings, TTC streetcar, Canada, photography, street photography, city, 8K, realistic, detailed, real world"
DALL-E 2 streetcar
midjourney "a photograph of a TTC streetcar on the street in downtown Toronto, foggy, winter, tall buildings, TTC streetcar, Canada, photography, street photography, city, 8K, realistic, detailed, real world"
Midjourney Streetcar

The Dalle streetcar image is pretty, but lacks detail. It looks like a painting despite me asking for a photograph in the prompt. The Midjourney image is much more realistic.

Winner = Midjourney

Eyes

"a human eye, macro photography, 8K, realistic, highly detailed"

DAlle2 "a human eye, macro photography, 8K, realistic, highly detailed"
DALL-E 2 eye
midjourney "a human eye, macro photography, 8K, realistic, highly detailed"
Midjourney eye

Dalle's eye is more photo realistic and Midjourney's is more stylised and arty.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Cyberpunk

"a cyberpunk man standing with the skyline of a cyberpunk city in the background, 8K, octane render, unreal engine, volumetric lighting, highly detailed, cinematic, realistic"

DAlle2 "a cyberpunk man standing with the skyline of a cyberpunk city in the background, 8K, octane render, unreal engine, volumetric lighting, highly detailed, cinematic, realistic"
DALL-E 2 cyberpunk
midjourney "a cyberpunk man standing with the skyline of a cyberpunk city in the background, 8K, octane render, unreal engine, volumetric lighting, highly detailed, cinematic, realistic"
Midjourney Cyberpunk

Dalle's image is dreadful here.

Winner = Midjourney

Teddy Bears

"a studio photograph of a cute teddy bear, realistic"

dalle2 "a studio photograph of a cute teddy bear, realistic"
DALL-E 2 teddy bear
Midjourney "a studio photograph of a cute teddy bear, realistic" DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney
Midjourney teddy bear

Both are nice images, but Dalle's is more realisitc.

Winner = DALL-E 2

President Spongebob

"Official portrait photograph of United States President Spongebob Squarepants, sitting in the oval office, smiling at the camera and wearing a suit with blue tie, professional photography"

dalle 2 "Official portrait photograph of United States President Spongebob Squarepants, sitting in the oval office, smiling at the camera and wearing a suit with blue tie, professional photography"
DALL-E 2 President Spongebob
dalle 2 "A journey to the underworld"
Midjourney President Spongebob

Midjourney's image is nice, but completely misses the Spongebob component of the prompt.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Underworld

"A journey to the underworld"

DALL-E 2 underworld
midjourney "A journey to the underworld"
Midjourney underworld

Dalle's image is very literal (a man exploring a cave) while Midjourney's is realistic but still outworldly and intriguing.

Winner = Midjourney

1980s apartment

"stylish apartment from 1980s Miami, furnishings in 80s style, pink and blue colour scheme, magazine photography, 1980s"

dalle 2 "stylish apartment from 1980s Miami, furnishings in 80s style, pink and blue colour scheme, magazine photography, 1980s"
DALL-E 2 80s apartment
midjourney "stylish apartment from 1980s Miami, furnishings in 80s style, pink and blue colour scheme, magazine photography, 1980s"
Midjourney 80s apartment

Both capture the atmosphere but Midjourney's is far more realistic.

Winner = Midjourney

Bibimbap

"food photography of bibimbap"

dalle 2 AI generated "food photography of bibimbap"
DALL-E 2 bibimbap
midjourney "food photography of bibimbap"
Midjourney bibimbap

Both are great but Dalle's image is more accurate in terms of the ingredients in an actual bowl of Bibimbap.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Brutalist

"A man walking through the spacious hall of a cavernous brutalist building, concrete, imposing, brutalist architecture, 8K, realistic, moody"

dalle 2 "A man walking through the spacious hall of a cavernous brutalist building, concrete, imposing, brutalist architecture, 8K, realistic, moody" DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney
DALL-E 2 Brutalist
midjourney "A man walking through the spacious hall of a cavernous brutalist building, concrete, imposing, brutalist architecture, 8K, realistic, moody"
Midjourney brutalist

Midjourney's is more realistic and atmospheric.

Winner = Midjourney

Woman smiling

"a close up portrait photograph of a young woman with red hair and freckles laughing and looking directly into the camera, portrait photography, studio lighting, detailed, 8K"

DAlle2 "a close up portrait photograph of a young woman with red hair and freckles laughing and looking directly into the camera, portrait photography, studio lighting, detailed, 8K"
DALL-E 2 smiling woman
midjourney "a close up portrait photograph of a young woman with red hair and freckles laughing and looking directly into the camera, portrait photography, studio lighting, detailed, 8K"
Midjourney smiling woman

This is a good prompt to show the differences between Midjourney and DALL-E 2. Dalle's image is more realistic, while Midjourney's is too but in different ways. Tough choice but going to go with Dalle purely because if you squint your eyes it looks more realistic.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Velociraptor eating pizza

"a Lomography photograph of a velociraptor eating pizza in New York City"

DALL-E 2 velociraptor eating pizza
"a Lomography photograph of a velociraptor eating pizza in New York City" mid journey
Midjourney velociraptor eating pizza

Dalle captures the lomography aspect of the prompt correctly, while not getting the velociraptor part correct. Instead it's clearly an iguana eating pizza. Midjourney gets it more right but lacks the lomography aspect. It looks more like an illustration than a photo.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Corgi

"a photo realistic photograph of a corgi, 8K"

a photo realistic photograph of a corgi, 8K dalle2
a photo realistic photograph of a corgi, 8K midjourney

In this case both are lovely images, but Midjourney's leans more towards a painting of a corgi than a photo of one.

Winner = DALL-E 2

Blackbird 

"Blackbird SR-71 flying above the clouds, photograph, film grain, 1970s, view above, high quality, realistic"

Blackbird SR-71 flying above the clouds, photograph, film grain, 1970s, view above, high quality, realistic dalle2
DALL-E 2 blackbird
Blackbird SR-71 flying above the clouds, photograph, film grain, 1970s, view above, high quality, realistic Midjourney
Midjourney blackbird

Midjourney is the clear winner here.

Winner = Midjourney

Fynbos

"a photograph of fynbos flowers in South Africa"

fynbos DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney
DALL-E 2 fynbos
fynbos DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney
Midjourney fynbos

"Fynbos", literally 'fine bush' in Afrikaans, is the name for the unique flora of the Western Cape in South Africa. Both DALL-E 2 and Midjourney images are great. But going to give the win to Midjourney as it's slightly more photo realistic.

Winner = Midjourney

Final Results of DALL-E 2 vs Midjourney

So in this epic contest the final results are

  • DALL-E = 7 wins
  • Midjourney = 7 wins

A tie! Who would've suspected?

These tools are both great and I would encourage you to check them out on your own!

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retro space travel photos midjourney

Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney

I tried creating some new Midjourney images using their recently released Test options and loved this retro space travel aesthetic that I found.

To create them I simply used the prompt "a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction".

Adding in additional bits of information such as "crew", "robot", "cockpit" and more created some really nice pictures. I thought I'd try putting them all together into a video to see what it would be like. You can watch it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDgiwWzHpW0

Since all the images are generated by Artificial Intelligence I figured it would make sense to use music generated by AI and used AIVA, which describes itself as "The Artificial Intelligence composing emotional soundtrack music."

Retro Space Travel Photos

Below are some of the Retro Space Travel photos I created, I hope you enjoy!

a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
a 1970s astronaut, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
interior of a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
attractive female in space in the 1970s midjourney
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
space
retro astronauts midjourney
colourful lines in space
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
two robots midjourney retro seventies
nice lady in space AI generated photo
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
Astronaut in space midjourney
crew in space ship seventies mid journey
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
astronaut a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
seventies space illustration
a spaceship approaching a planet seventies AI midjourney
a smiling astronaut from the 1970s created by midjourney AI
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence
a 1970s spaceship, film grain, 1970s, retro futurism, cinematic, science fiction Retro Space Travel Photos from Midjourney AI artificial intelligence

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Realistic Midjourney Images

Realistic Midjourney Images

On 28 August 2022 Midjourney released some new options for improving image quality that allow you to create much more realistic images.

Two new modes were released

  1. A general purpose artistic mode you can use by typing --test
  2. A photo-realism mode you can use by typing --testp

I wanted to share some of them, and also compare the same prompt showing the differences between the standard Midjourney image generator and the test versions.

Most of these images were upgraded using the --upbeta command.

Prompt: A photograph of the Planet Jupiter

Default Midjourney image
--test Midjourney image

Prompt: Dante's Inferno

Default Midjourney image
--testp Midjourney image produced

Prompt: A human astronaut walking towards the towering gates of a mysterious alien city designed by HR Giger

Default Midjourney image
--testp Midjourney image

Prompt: an astronaut exploring a red jungle on an alien planet

Default Midjourney image
--testp Midjourney image

As you can see from these examples, compared with the standard Midjourney images the --test and --testp images are more realistic. But they also seem to lose a certain mysterious, artistic charm that the standard images have.

Nevertheless you get some beautiful results. Below are some of my favourite images so far created using the --test and --testp commands.

--Test and --Testp Midjourney images

a 18th century naval ship sails through a thunderstorm, over massive waves in a churning sea, cinematic, scary, dark, stormy, lightning, dark clouds, waves, wind, ocean spray, cinematic, dramatic, 8K, realistic, epic, highly detailed, majestic, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney image
a 18th century naval ship sails through a thunderstorm, over massive waves in a churning sea, cinematic, scary, dark, stormy, lightning, dark clouds, waves, wind, ocean spray, cinematic, dramatic, 8K, realistic, epic, highly detailed, majestic, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
realistic midjourney AI generated image of a portrait photograph of a cyborg on the streets of neo-tokyo, realistic, detailed, 8K --ar 16:9 --test --upbeta --upbeta
a portrait photograph of a cyborg on the streets of neo-tokyo, realistic, detailed, 8K --ar 16:9 --test --upbeta --upbeta
a photo portrait of a viking warrior after a battle, moody, foggy, gloomy, dirt, 8K, HD, ultra detailed, ultra realistic, looking directly at camera, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta
a photo portrait of a viking warrior after a battle, moody, foggy, gloomy, dirt, 8K, HD, ultra detailed, ultra realistic, looking directly at camera, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta
a swimming pool, wide angle photo, Miami beach, synthwave, bright colours, pink and blue, palm trees, sunshine, 1980s, glamour photography, film grain, 8K, HD, realistic, --ar 16:9 --testp midjourney
a swimming pool, wide angle photo, Miami beach, synthwave, bright colours, pink and blue, palm trees, sunshine, 1980s, glamour photography, film grain, 8K, HD, realistic, --ar 16:9 --testp
a ghost hauting a lush, green forest in Northern Ontario, 8K, detailed, realistic, spooky, meancing, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a ghost hauting a lush, green forest in Northern Ontario, 8K, detailed, realistic, spooky, meancing, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a street photography scene of Kowloon, Hong Kong showing a busy street with many people walking and many bright neon signs, crowded, busy, night, realistic, 8K, detailed, film grain, 35mm, atmospheric, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a street photography scene of Kowloon, Hong Kong showing a busy street with many people walking and many bright neon signs, crowded, busy, night, realistic, 8K, detailed, film grain, 35mm, atmospheric, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a still from the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell showing a bustling busy, cityscape, science fiction, anime, cinematic, 8K, HD, --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta midjourney realistic
a still from the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell showing a bustling busy, cityscape, science fiction, anime, cinematic, 8K, HD, --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta
a castle in the sky, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta mid journey realism photo
a castle in the sky, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a close up photograph of a tiny green frog sitting on a rock, national geographic photography, wildlife photography, macro photography, highly detailed, highly realistic, 8K, HD, --testp --ar 3:2 --upbeta
light being sucked into a black hole event horizon --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta realisitic midjourney space image
light being sucked into a black hole event horizon --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta
a raging cthulhu stands on the rocky shore as waves crash behind it and screams, with it's tentacles waving around, cinematic, dark, gloomy, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a raging cthulhu stands on the rocky shore as waves crash behind it and screams, with it's tentacles waving around, cinematic, dark, gloomy, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a photograph of a New York City street in the 1980s, film grain, gritty, 1980s, --ar 3:2 --test --creative --upbeta --upbeta realistic midjourney image
a photograph of a New York City street in the 1980s, film grain, gritty, 1980s, --ar 3:2 --test --creative --upbeta --upbeta
AI art a wide angle photograph taken underwater of a great white shark swimming under the sea in the deep blue ocean, 8K, ultra realistic, wildlife photography, national geopgraphy photography, serene, calm, beautiful, HD, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta mid journey realism animal shark
a wide angle photograph taken underwater of a great white shark swimming under the sea in the deep blue ocean, 8K, ultra realistic, wildlife photography, national geopgraphy photography, serene, calm, beautiful, HD, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta
The King in Yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta midjourney realistic AI art
The King in Yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta
AI photo a young woman gazes out across a sprawling Steampunk metropolis at sunset, zeppelin, tall buildings, sunset, 8K, realistic, --creative --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a young woman gazes out across a sprawling Steampunk metropolis at sunset, zeppelin, tall buildings, sunset, 8K, realistic, --creative --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, standing in a garden, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, standing in a garden, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a NASA astronaut floating in space with the Earth below him, 8K, realistic, photograph, detailed --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney
a NASA astronaut floating in space with the Earth below him, 8K, realistic, photograph, detailed --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a wendigo hiding in the dark forest, realistic, moody, dense foliage, spooky, creepy, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta realistic midjourney photo
a wendigo hiding in the dark forest, realistic, moody, dense foliage, spooky, creepy, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a photograph of a protea flower in bloom amongst fynbos in the Western Cape, South Africa, 8K, realistic, flower photography --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney AI
a photograph of a protea flower in bloom amongst fynbos in the Western Cape, South Africa, 8K, realistic, flower photography --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
realistic midjourney a close up portrait photo of a cyberpunk woman under neon lights, cyan and orange highlights, street photography, lifestyle, wet street --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a close up portrait photo of a cyberpunk woman under neon lights, cyan and orange highlights, street photography, lifestyle, wet street --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a Buddhist monk wearing an orange robe sits quietly and meditates in the deep jungle, detailed, realistic, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta realistic midjourney
a Buddhist monk wearing an orange robe sits quietly and meditates in the deep jungle, detailed, realistic, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta

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More Midjourney Images

More Midjourney Images

More images I created using Midjourney.

For these images I added --ar 16:9 to to the end of each prompt so that the images would be generated in a 16:9 aspect ratio, the standard ratio for widescreen televisions and most films and TV shows.

For some images I also used many different descriptive words. For example "highly detailed, realistic, 8K, cinematic" to try and influence the result. And for others I used nothing but a simple phrase or word to see what Midjourney would default to.

I don't have much else to say, except that I enjoyed creating these images and hope you check out Midjourney too!

a samurai in neo-tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights, ultra realistic, foggy background, high detailed, 8k
A samurai in neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights, ultra realistic, foggy background, high detailed, 8k
lost highway Midjourney Images
Lost highway
a photograph taken in the 1970s of a red room with a sinister figure standing in it wearing a torquoise raincoat, 1970s, cinematic, The Shining, horror, Rosemary's baby
A photograph taken in the 1970s of a red room with a sinister figure standing in it wearing a turquoise raincoat, 1970s, cinematic, The Shining, horror, Rosemary's baby
Midjourney Images Catholic mass 10,000 years in the future AI generated
Catholic mass 10,000 years in the future
a 50mm lens close up photograph of a weary hiker in the middle of the forest, realistic, portrait photography, --ar 16:9 Midjourney Images
A 50mm lens close up photograph of a weary hiker in the middle of the forest, realistic, portrait photography
a journey of self discovery Midjourney Images
A journey of self discovery
the design blueprints for a steampunk spaceship midjourney generated picture
The design blueprints for a steampunk spaceship
a spooky hotel room with green light shining into the room from the window, 1970s, 16mm film stock, cinematic, sinister, spooky Midjourney Images
A spooky hotel room with green light shining into the room from the window, 1970s, 16mm film stock, cinematic, sinister, spooky
A crowd of peasants look up a majestic spacecraft floating above them, science fiction, cinematic, 4K, 1970s, stylish, minimalist,
A crowd of peasants look up a majestic spacecraft floating above them, science fiction, cinematic, 4K, 1970s, stylish, minimalist,
moses parting the red sea AI
Moses parting the red sea
A portrait photograph of a Mayan warrior with piercings and face paint, standing in the sunlight, with a Maya pyramid in the background, blue sky, stern face, staring into camera, portrait photography, detailed, 8K
A portrait photograph of a Mayan warrior with piercings and face paint, standing in the sunlight, with a Maya pyramid in the background, blue sky, stern face, staring into camera, portrait photography, detailed, 8K
A foggy morning in London in 1890 AI art
A foggy morning in London in 1890
A samurai in neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights
A samurai in neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights
The Tree of Life by midjourney
The Tree of Life
The king in yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed midjourney images AI
The king in yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed
macro photography of a human eye, 8K, realistic, professional photography
Macro photography of a human eye, 8K, realistic, professional photography
A Hieronymus Bosch painting created using a midjourney prompt
A Hieronymus Bosch painting
Blue Monday midjourney image that was created ai art
Blue Monday
A gigantic Korean Buddhist temple in futuristic Seoul, cinematic, wide angle, science fiction, 8K, realistic
midjourney
A gigantic Korean Buddhist temple in futuristic Seoul, cinematic, wide angle, science fiction, 8K, realistic
a haunted house in autumn, 16mm film stock mid journey art ai
Ahaunted house in autumn, 16mm film stock
A beautiful, rainy, green forest in British Columbia, 8K, realistic, detailed midjourney image
A beautiful, rainy, green forest in British Columbia, 8K, realistic, detailed
The world is a vampire midjourney
The world is a vampire
The interior of a colossal palace in the far future, 8K, realistic, soft lighting, HD, science fiction midjourney
The interior of a colossal palace in the far future, 8K, realistic, soft lighting, HD, science fiction
South Africa generated by midjourney
South Africa
Canada by midjourney
Canada
planet Arrakis photorealistic, octane render, 8k hd, cinematic color, ultra realistic, ultra hd, unreal engine, highly detailed, hyper realistic HDR, cinematic atmosphere, soft lighting, high contrast, ray traced, anti-aliasing, vfx, opengl-shaders, smooth lightning,
Planet Arrakis photorealistic, octane render, 8k hd, cinematic color, ultra realistic, ultra hd, unreal engine, highly detailed, hyper realistic HDR, cinematic atmosphere, soft lighting, high contrast, ray traced, anti-aliasing, vfx, opengl-shaders, smooth lightning,
Midjourney Images of A wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K
A wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K
Midjourney Images A samurai in neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights, ultra realistic, foggy background, high detailed, 8k
A samurai in neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk, futuristic, cinematic, blade runner, beautiful, night, neon lights, ultra realistic, foggy background, high detailed, 8k

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midjourney monsters

Making Midjourney Monsters

Since I was a teenager I've been fascinated by the artwork of H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist who, among many other works, designed the creature (later dubbed "xenomorph") in the 1979 film Alien.

Giger's unique style featured biomechanical creatures in nightmarish environments.

I recently tried out Midjourney, a new tool for creating beautiful (and as we shall soon see, sometimes ugly) images generated in a few seconds.

I tried using the following prompt to create some AI-generated pictures based on Giger's unique style. For the following pictures I used this prompt:

"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD"

The images below are all based on this prompt, and I hope you find them as unsettling but fascinating as I do!

"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" midjourney monster
midjourney monster "an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online midjourney monsters
"an HR giger xenomorph midjourney monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online midjourney monsters
a creature inspired by the designs of hr giger created by midjourney
a creature inspired by the designs of hr giger created by midjourney midjourney monsters
"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online
"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online
"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online
"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online
"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online created with mid journey
a monstrous creature created using midjourney
a hideous creature created using midjourney
a human alien hybrid creature created using midjourney

Below are all the initial images created by Midjourney, before being upscaled.

"an HR giger xenomorph monster with sharp teeth looking directly at you, alien covenant, making eye contact, Annie Leibovitz style photography, full HD" created using midjourney AI artificial intelligence software online

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Testing Out Midjourney

Testing out Midjourney

I recently started creating images with Midjourney, a new online tool that allows you to create images created by Artificial Intelligence.

According to their website, Midjourney "is an independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species. We are a small self-funded team focused on design, human infrastructure, and AI. We have 11 full-time staff and an incredible set of advisors."

So far I've been using the Midjourney server on Discord to create images.

In one of the Newcomer Rooms, you can type in /imagine followed by the prompt for your text.

For example let's try something like "a happy kitten sitting on a chair"

The Midjourney bot then starts to create the image.

We then have our finished result, which is four images. We then have the choice to upgra

We then have the option to Upscale any of the images. For example if I click U4 then we will upscale the fourth image that was created.

Once finished we can take a closer look at the upscaled image.

The full resolution version is below.

You can also adjust the aspect ratio of the image produced. For example, the four images below were created with the prompt "desert planet, far future, ancient city --ar 16:9".

"--ar 16:9" indicates that you'd like the image to be in the aspect ratio of 16:9, the most common widescreen format.

Examples of Images created by Midjourney

Below are some of my favourite images I've created so far using Midjourney. It is amazing at imitating fantasy and science fiction art so I've leaned towards those types of prompts.

a woman standing staring at the moon midjourney
Far future humans worshipping on a distant planet
Alien Covenant
in the distance a huge black rentangular vessel hovers above a desert plain, while human onlookers gaze up at it, science fiction art

midjourney
In the distance a huge black rentangular vessel hovers above a desert plain, while human onlookers gaze up at it, science fiction art
a mournful geisha, realistic, photography, warm lighting


midjourney AI art
A mournful geisha, realistic, photography, warm lighting
vast alien city, science fiction art, full HD


midjourney art
Vast alien city, science fiction art, full HD
a perfect circle according to mid journey
A perfect circle
Dante's inferno by midjourney
Dante's Inferno
A photograph of a hideous demon
created by midjourney
A photograph of a hideous demon
an astronaut embarking on a mind bending journey through time and space. AI art painting.
An astronaut embarking on a mind bending journey through time and space
the monster under your bed

artificial intelligence artwork
The monster under your bed
a picture of cape town, south africa generated by ai art
Cape Town, South Africa
opening the doorway to infinity

midjourney ai art generated
Opening the doorway to infinity
A lonely man walks down the dark and gloomy streets of cyberpunk far future Tokyo as it rains, cinematic
A lonely man walks down the dark and gloomy streets of cyberpunk far future Tokyo as it rains, cinematic
two astronauts explore the interior of a collosal, derelict alien spacecraft. cinematic

midjourney AI art
Two astronauts explore the interior of a collosal, derelict alien spacecraft. cinematic
In the deep forest of Ontario, a neon doorway to another world, sinister, x-files, cinematic, mysterious

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Comparing Craiyon, DALL-E 2, and Midjourney

Comparing Craiyon, DALL-E 2, and Midjourney

I thought I'd add photos from three AI image generators; Craiyon, DALL-E 2 and Midjourney.

How they describe themselves;

  • "Craiyon, formerly DALL·E mini, is an AI model that can draw images from any text prompt!"
  • "DALL·E 2 is a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.
  • "Midjourney is an independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species."

My relatively uninformed opinions of them;

  • Craiyon is good for funny and topical images, but images lack detail.
  • DALL-E 2 can create some almost photo-realistic images, but can lack artistic imagination.
  • Midjourney creates stunning images that lean towards fantasy art rather than the real world.

In this post I just wanted to share some examples of the images produced by these three.

A Cat looking up at a South African flag, digital art

A Cat looking up at a South African flag, digital art by craiyon
Craiyon
A Cat looking up at a South African flag, digital art dalle2
DALL-E 2
A Cat looking up at a South African flag, digital art created by midjourney
Midjourney

A Galaxy inside a Snowglobe, cinematic

A Galaxy inside a Snowglobe, cinematic by craiyon
Craiyon
A Galaxy inside a Snowglobe, cinematic dalle2
DALL-E 2
A Galaxy inside a Snowglobe, cinematic by midjourney
Midjourney

Two Astronauts Exploring a Tomb on Mars

Two Astronauts Exploring a Tomb on Mars craiyon
Craiyon
Two Astronauts Exploring a Tomb on Mars dalle2
DALL-E 2
Two Astronauts Exploring a Tomb on Mars midjourney
Midjourney

A Photograph of the Toronto skyline

A Photograph of the Toronto skyline by ai art craiyon
Craiyon
A Photograph of the Toronto skyline dalle2
DALL-E 2
A Photograph of the Toronto skyline by mid journey
Midjourney

A Hideous Monster staring you in the face

a hideous monster staring you in the face

by craiyon
Craiyon
a hideous monster staring you in the face

by dalle2
DALL-E 2
a hideous monster staring you in the face

by midjourney
Midjourney

A Beautiful, Cinematic Rainbow

A Beautiful, Cinematic Rainbow by craiyon
Craiyon
A Beautiful, Cinematic Rainbow
DALL-E 2
A Beautiful, Cinematic Rainbow from midjourney
Midjourney

A Window into Another World

A Window into Another World by craiyon
Craiyon
A Window into Another World images generated by dalle-2
DALL-E 2
A Window into Another World by midjourney
Midjourney

Two Astronauts explore the interior of a Colossal, Derelict Alien Spacecraft. Cinematic

Two Astronauts explore the interior of a Colossal, Derelict Alien Spacecraft. Cinematic created by craiyon
Craiyon
Two Astronauts explore the interior of a Colossal, Derelict Alien Spacecraft. Cinematic created by DALL-e2
DALL-E 2
Two Astronauts explore the interior of a Colossal, Derelict Alien Spacecraft. Cinematic by mid journey
Midjourney

Star Wars characters depicted in a medieval tapestry

Star Wars characters depicted in a medieval tapestry craiyon
Craiyon
Star Wars characters depicted in a medieval tapestry dalle-2
DALL-E 2
Star Wars characters depicted in a medieval tapestry midjourney
Midjourney

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant depicted by craiyon ai generated art
Craiyon
Alien Covenant created by dalle2
DALL-E 2
Alien Covenant created by mid journey ai art generator
Midjourney

Cape Town, South Africa

Craiyon
DALL-E 2
Midjourney

The Gates to heaven opening and revealing the view of a Gigantic Wonderous City

ai generated images of The Gates to heaven opening and revealing the view of a Gigantic Wonderous City craiyon dallemini
Craiyon
The Gates to heaven opening and revealing the view of a Gigantic Wonderous City created with dalle2
DALL-E 2
The Gates to heaven opening and revealing the view of a Gigantic Wonderous City from midjourney
Midjourney

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multiple dalle2 generated images of a soviet robot falling in love

Multiple DALL-E 2 images created from the same prompt

For those that haven't tried out DALL-E 2, it's a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.

You can take a look at some previous posts on the topic

In those previous blog posts I tended to only show what I considered the best result from each of the prompts. What I wanted to show in this post is just how many unique images DALL-E 2 is able to conjure up from a single descriptive prompt.

In this case the prompt I used was:

A Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love

Below are the results of this same, exact prompt used again and again to generate new images in a few seconds. Each time you type in the descriptive text and click 'generate' four unique images are created. Each one beautiful and unique in its own way.

A Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dalle2
A Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dalle2
A Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dalle2
four images of soviet union propaganada posters featuring a robot falling in love created by dall-e-2
Four AI generated images of a Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dall-e 2 tool
Four AI generated images of a Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dall-e 2 tool
Four AI generated images of a Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dall-e 2 tool
Four AI generated images of a Soviet Propaganda poster of a Robot in Love four examples by dall-e 2 tool
four images of a robot in love from dalle2
four images of a robot in love from dalle2
four images of a robot in love from dalle2
four images of a robot in love from dalle2
four images of a robot in love from dalle2
four posters showing a robot in love created by dall-e2
four posters showing a robot in love created by dall-e2
images created by artificial intelligence tool dalle2 showing a robot in love
four images created by artificial intelligence tool dalle2 showing a robot in love
4 images created by artificial intelligence tool dalle2 showing a robot in love
four posters showing a robot in love created by dall-e 2

Hope you enjoyed reading about multiple DALL-E 2 images created from the same prompt.

Here are some more blog posts about DALL-E 2:

Full Size Versions of the Robots in Love

Here are four of my favourite images in full resolution.

a soviet propaganda poster of a robot in love made by dalle2
a soviet propaganda poster of a robot in love made by dalle2
a soviet propaganda poster of a robot in love made by dalle2
a soviet propaganda poster of a robot in love made by dalle2

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comparing different photo styles in dalle2

Comparing different photo styles in DALL-E 2

Wanted to show how DALL-E 2 will create different images based on the same subject matter, depending on what style you add to the prompt.

To recap, DALL-E 2 is a new online tool that allows users to generate images from text prompts in a few seconds. They can generate images of the same subject in many different photo styles, depending on what instructions are included in the prompt.

Below are four photos of each subject, each in a different style. Below each image in the caption is the text prompt that was used to create them.

A Samurai riding a horse on Mars

A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Lomography created in DALLE 2
A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Lomography
 A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Wide Angle Lens dalle2
A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Wide Angle Lens
 A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Lego Bricks
A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Lego Bricks
A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Anime
A Samurai riding a horse on Mars, Anime

A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night

A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, lomography created using DALLE2
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, lomography
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, 50mm
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, 50mm
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, wide angle lens dalle2
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, Wide Angle Lens
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, digital art
A photograph of a Cyborg exploring Tokyo at night, Digital Art

A Rhino Surfing in the Sea

A Rhino surfing in the sea, digital art
A Rhino surfing in the sea, digital art
A Rhino surfing in the sea, clay mation animation
A Rhino surfing in the sea, claymation
A Rhino surfing in the sea, lomography
A Rhino surfing in the sea, lomography
A Rhino surfing in the sea, award winning 4K photography
A Rhino surfing in the sea, award winning 4K photography

A Raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich

A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, UHD 8k
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, UHD 8k
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, claymation ai
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, claymation
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, made out of Lego bricks dalle2
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, made out of Lego bricks
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, isometric art Ai art
A raccoon eating a smoked meat sandwich, isometric art

A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street

A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, lomography dale2
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, lomography
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, claymation generated by artificial intelligence
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, claymation
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, wide angle lens dalle2
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, wide angle lens
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, digital art dalle2
A Tyrannosaurus chasing a TTC streetcar down the street, digital art

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