Using AI Art Apps to make Digital Art

Shiny toys made with the Wombo Dream art app
Shiny Toys! made with Wombo Dream.

I have found some shiny new toys in the form of AI art apps! My daughter mentioned something about an app that makes images look like “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, and I was curious. I started googling and the first thing that came up was something called “Wombo Dream”. It is so simple and easy to use, but also quite powerful in its ability to generate interesting art images. Here is how it works. Go to app.wombo.art. Add some text. Choose a style. And hit the create button. It could not possibly be easier, and it’s fast!

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Generative Art Prints

Generative Art NFT

Trying something new this week: I’m taking some of the generative art prints I’ve made over the years and getting them ready to put in my shop. I’ve written a bit about my generative art process, which is not purely “generative,” in that it’s not created directly from code. Instead I use a sort of brute force method, where I employ algorithmic based art apps to generate many iterations of an image. I then choose the best ones out of hundreds of choices. On my to do list is to learn how to use processing, so I can code my own art. Read more

The Pink Beach House

This is the famous Pink Beach House, of Ocean City, New Jersey. Some people call it the Bubble Gum House, because it was owned by Edward Fenimore, who founded the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Corporation. The factory, in Havertown, PA, manufactured such fine products as Swell bubble gum, and El Bubble Gum Cigars.

I posted a picture of it on Instagram last summer and the polarity of comments was very amusing. One person stated, “Love this home. Grew up at 53rd street and the bubble gum house was always our sign that we were almost home. An Ocean City Original.”

On the other hand, another person commented: “Disgusted. Obviously one of the worst houses on the island. I have to look the other way on my run going by. The pink only clashes with the modern aesthetic the rest of the block is trying to portray, #Knockdown.”

Who would have thought that this cute little pink beach house could inspire such vitriol!

Personally, I’ve always loved this pink beach house. It’s a pristine example of mid century modern architecture, right on the ocean. It always reminded me of a birthday cake. I’ve been going to Ocean City, NJ since the 1970’s and not many original examples of this type of house are left, so whenever I find myself in the south end of OC, NJ and see it is still there, it brings me joy.

Here’s a vector drawing I made of the house a few years ago.

 

Pink Beach House

If you find yourself in Ocean City, New Jersey and want to take a look, it’s at the corner of 51st Street and Central Avenue. Hopefully it is still there and stays there for a long time!

Digital Printable Graphic Poster

This week I am experimenting with a process to make a digital printable graphic poster. I’ve been using Printful to make and sell products but I have also been testing out digital printables and selling them on etsy. Awhile back I wrote a comparison of the two methods. So far, I haven’t made that much progress with selling digital printables, but I think part of the problem is that I don’t have enough products listed. The funny thing is that I have plenty of images in my library to turn into digital products! I just need to hunker down and start turning them into products. Read more