AI directed this wonderful illustrated series. You will never know

You might expect a comic book series featuring art created entirely by artificial intelligence to be filled with surreal images that make you tilt your head trying to understand the kind of meaning-altering madness you’re looking at.

Not so with the images in The Bestiary Chronicles, prof Free comics series in three parts From Campfire Entertainment, a New York-based production company focused on creative storytelling.

An image from a comic with AI-generated art shows a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Grace Kelly

In the lesson, the teacher tells the students about the monsters that destroyed their planet. The team behind the comic used the phrase “Hitchcock Blonde” to describe the story heroine of AI art creation tool Midjourney, “and most of the time she came across as Grace Kelly,” says writer Steve Coulson.

Campfire, Midjourney

The visuals in the trilogy – which is believed to be the first animated series made with art with the help of artificial intelligence – is stunning. It’s also stunningly accurate, as if it came straight from the hands of an experienced digital artist with a very specific story and style in mind.

“Deep in the Earth, the last remnants of humanity gather to learn about the monsters that destroyed their planet,” reads the description of Lesson, the third visually rich and futuristic comic in the trilogy. All three are available for download now Campfire siteAlso comes in paperback and hardcover anthologies.

Although AI-generated visual art can tend toward the extreme absurdity, the realistic humans of The Bestiary Chronicles do not have facial features or limbs that protrude at odd angles. The monsters – with their glowing eyes and amazingly bad teeth – look like they’re in love with the children of Godzilla and Ghar and can be mistaken for none other than monsters full of rage.

This algorithm-assisted art looks tailor-made for the dark dystopian tale, which draws on metaphors from the 1960’s sci-fi horror film Damned Village And from THX1138George Lucas’ first feature film in 1971.

“We are seeing the emergence of an entirely new visualization tool that will fundamentally change the storytelling process in both the comics industry and entertainment in general,” said Steve Coulson, writer of the award-winning Campfire trilogy and creative director. He has created immersive audience experiences for shows including Ted Lasso and Westworld and Watchmen. Its founders thought of the Blair Witch Project.

For The Bestiary Chronicles, Coulson turned to Medjourney, a service that quickly converts short text phrases or “prompts” into images by scanning a giant database of visual art trained by humans. artificial intelligence tools like it, D-E And the stable spread We are Capture the Internet’s imagination Because it allows anyone to show images from text in intriguing and sometimes annoying ways.

The Bestiary Chronicles is a 114-page sci-fi epic about monsters born of man’s technological arrogance. But it also showcases the remarkable progress of products like Midjourney, which produce images that are increasingly sophisticated and refined.

“By the new year, even a trained eye probably won’t be able to perceive this generation of AI more than any other,” Coulson said. “It’s exciting and scary at the same time. But you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, so we’re embracing the future as quickly as we can.”

AI image generation is progressing very quickly, he adds. Lesson, which came out on November 1, is a clear visual step up from the first comic in the trilogy, Summer Island, a popular horror story in the spirit of Midsmar which was released in August. During those three months, Midjourney went through two updates.

A sepia-toned apocalypse scene from the comic lesson

AI art creation tool Midjourney did an admirable job of capturing a grim, post-apocalyptic landscape for The Lesson, the third in a trilogy of comics from production company Campfire.

Campfire, Midjourney

AI, Partner in Art

said Thomas B. Campbell, director and CEO of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, said, “Technology is transforming our world, with artificial intelligence representing a new frontier of possibility but also an evolution fraught with anxiety.” Uncanny Valley Gallery: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence It opens in the year 2020 of an expanding space exploration where humans and artificial intelligence meet.

create visual art with artificial intelligence, Compose songs And the Even writing poetry Film scripts cause some of this anxiety Ethical and copyright concerns between artists and even lawyers. AI art is not created in a vacuum. It works by absorbing and reconstructing existing art created by humans. As machine-made art improves, will these humans — actual graphic designers, illustrators, composers, and photographers — find themselves out of work?

When an AI-generated image won an art prize in September, some The artists weren’t happy about that. “We are watching the death of art unfold before our eyes,” one Twitter user wrote.

Coulson, an avid comics reader since the age of five, is among those pondering the complex questions raised by AI art, but he doesn’t think tools like Midjourney will replace the comics artists he has long loved. “These geniuses have an interest in dramatic composition and dynamic narrative that I seriously doubt machine learning will be able to match,” he wrote in his conclusion to Summer Island. “But as a visualization tool for non-artists like myself, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.”

Dragons with open mouths and sharp teeth look like something out of a dragon house

Was Midjourney watching House of the Dragon?

Campfire, Midjourney

However, he sees Midjourney as his true collaborator on The Bestiary Chronicles, even giving him author credit. Where a comics artist can visualize a story and then create art to illustrate it, AI-powered imagery has the potential to more actively direct a story, or even change its direction, thus redefining the entire creative workflow. Coulson likens this dichotomy of man and machine to jazz refinement.

I would never ask a human artist to ‘draw 100 simple pages and I’d probably pick the best one out there,’ but Medjourney would happily spit it out 24/7,” Coulson says. “Then after we go through the images, we start piecing together the story, almost like a collage work, filling in gaps along the way.”

AI art is the star here, but humans have had the decisive hand in making the images the definitive version of each story. They experimented with text prompts and carefully selected their final images from Midjourney’s multiple offerings, tweaking Photoshop here and there, but mostly letting the machine-made work go.

For example, the Campfire team liked the rich effect created by the vector style “olive green, brown, and teal Triton print on watercolor paper,” so they often used that to give the images a graphic effect. For the lesson, the phrase “futuristic underground bunker in style JC LindeckerIt resulted in the perfect post-apocalyptic getaway from the past.

We also used the phrase ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ to describe our heroine, and she often sounded like Grace Kelly,” Coulson said. This is just as recognizable as Grace Kelly, without out of place ears or a dog nose.

“The advances in AI image generation over the past few months have been massive and mind-boggling, and this technology is only going to get better — faster than we can imagine,” Coulson said.

A page from The Exodus, showing missiles heading upwards

Exodus, the second comic in the trilogy, chronicles humanity’s last attempt to save itself from the monsters that roam the planet.

Campfire, Midjourney

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