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Dall-e Outpainting: Making a short film about art

I finally got access to Dall-E 2 and the thing I like most about it is the outpainting feature. You basically take a photo and ask the AI to add to it using prompts. For this little film I used outpainting to create some very long horizontal images. I then added them to the iMovie app, where you can do something really cool with horizontal images. When you drop them in and use the “Ken Burns” effect, it automatically creates a situation where the camera seems to be panning across a scene.

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The Addictive Nature of AI Art Apps

I’ve been thinking a lot about the addictive nature of AI art. Using the AI art apps often feels like using a slot machine. I vacillate from, “It’s fun, it’s cool, it’s crazy,” to “it’s dull, it’s fake, it’s a ripoff, it’s a dopamine hit.” The addictive quality of making these images is nothing new to me. It was like that when I was using the decimate app. Input an image and “pull the slot” so many times until the app spits something back at you that makes you happy. Looking back I don’t think I ever got anywhere with the slot machine art. My palettes are kind of all over the place (I would like to be more studied and disciplined in my use of color, but that is not in the cards just yet.) Each time a theme emerged I would get sucked back into the addictive slot machine to churn out some more images. Read more

Diner Aesthetic Images made with Stable Diffusion

These AI images were both created with NightCafe, using the stable diffusion option. The prompt I used was, “Exterior of a diner at night in the rain.” These are the kind of images that you could definitely go down the AI rabbit hole with. They weren’t quite what I wanted – I would have liked something with more of a mid century modern aesthetic, but I liked the mood of them. I am merely posting them here today because today I noticed that “Diner Aesthetic,” was trending on Pinterest. I think I’ll leave them here and come back to them later.

AI Art: Flowers for days

It’s been over nine months since I wrote my first AI Art post. So much has advanced in the world of AI Art in such a short time. I vacillate between being fascinated by what it can do, and horrified by how addictive it is. It is unsettling to think that certain kinds of art-making might actually become obsolete. For example, I learned from the wombo discord that you can now make almost perfect seamless pattern tiles! The ones below are not quite seamless, but I am sure that at the rate AI art is advancing, the ability to make flawlessly repeating pattern tiles will soon be here. Read more