Friday, March 29, 2024

Bethmoora (again)


You all know I love messing with AI art (and before y'all go stupid on AI art, I am doing this for personal fun), and the idea came to me to play around with Midjourney a little and see if I could get an image of my old city Bethmoora using it. I ended up settling on this, not perfect but I really like the general 'feeling' this image conveys of the to love the long tower hanging over the edge in front of the castle. 

Kind of makes me want to jump back into creating things again...


  1. I've been using Bing Image Creator to create monster pics (for personal use and inspiration blah blah blah), and at least 50% of the appeal is the randomness. (Also 50% of the frustration.) I usually don't get exactly what I intended, but I generally get something. And sometimes, sometimes, it is GLORIOUS.
    Art and beauty are things we bestow. Creativity is a response within ourselves. Ten years ago I paid for professional illustrations that was technically perfect and completely soulless. I paid several hundred and will never ever use them. (I'm not really upset about this; it happens; not the artist's intent I think.) The whole "is AI imagery creative?" question is weird, I think. I can give you adventure prompts from the ingredient list on a cereal box because -I- am creative. The list just exists. Same with AI images.

    1. Totally agree with you.

      A while back I was using Goodnotes ( for those curious) and I was using MD to generate location images. Half the time I got something 'close enough' but because I am a creative person, I jammed off the cues in those images and imagined/created something far better than my original idea. Tiny little random details the AI tossed in the image made my mind fill with a million other, better ideas.

      I love it!

    2. I was making a lion-horse-eagle creature (not a hippogriff), and I got one perfect image of a the shape of a horse. You have to see it to believe it. It's sinister. It's elegant. You would absolutely walk up to it with a bridle or saddle, and then notice the thick hoof claws, the sharp teeth, and the cunning , hungry grin....

      It's got that really old-school shading and detailed musculature. Not like the Monster Manual, like the Smithsonian or Audubon. The only style prompts I ever use are "Black & white, pen & ink/sketch style." Sometimes I throw in "Finnish" or "Russian"; those both work to amp up the details and ornateness in costuming and armor in a way I like.