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Learn how to become an AI artist in 24 hours or less.
Art courtesy of @thach1992 (Midjourney)

Learn how to become an AI artist in 24 hours or less. 

Before I even write anything about how to become an AI artist, let me first share some images.

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Art courtesy of @Wilko (Midjourney)
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Art courtesy of @steev690 (Midjourney)
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Art courtesy of @thach1992 (Midjourney)
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Art courtesy of @Frooke (Midjourney)

Look at these unique art pieces carefully…

Believe it or not, these were all created by a machine.

Artificial Intelligence created all these! Mind-bending, isn’t it?

It almost feels like we’re living in the end times. If you’ve ever listened to either Elon Musk, Max Tegmark or Nick Bostrom, then you can probably recall them talking about this. A time when computer programs will be able to perform tasks better than humans.

For the sake of this blog, however, I will avoid the philosophical implications of AI and stick to one thing: showing you how to harness the power of AI to become a digital artist.

Open AI’s DALL.E 2

OpenAI released a new text-to-image model called DALL·E 2. It creates realistic images from a description using natural language. However, only a select few people have had access to it.

Fortunately for you, however,  Stable AI has now released a version of DALL·E 2 called the Stable Diffusion model, which is open-source.

This means anyone can try it out and generate their own images from a simple description.

Stable Diffusion uses technology called latent diffusion to recognize shapes and details in an image and make sure they match the description. It was trained on 5 billion images found on the internet and can generate an image in just a few seconds.

You can access Stable Diffusion on Hugging Face Spaces or DreamStudio. Simply sign up for a free account, enter your description, and watch as the model creates a unique image.

Before you get all excited, however, you should know that this is the easy bit of AI art generation. Anyone can easily create a DreamStudio account and ask it to generate any number of images.

What is hard is being creative enough to come up with the sort of art that will make you rich and famous.

How to become an AI artist.

Learn Prompt Engineering.

Don’t let the name fool you. Prompt Engineering isn’t some voodoo-type magic where you’ll need to learn the workings of a neural network. It simply means the art of knowing what type of prompts to feed a neural network like Stable Diffusion to achieve a desired outcome.

Prompt engineers need two main skills:

  1. Creativity.
  2. Writing.

And that is about it.

Here are some really cool prompts I came across while poking around in Midjourney, and their outputs:

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Simple prompt with output.
A simple prompt with high-quality output

Prompt engineering is about accurately telling the AI model what to create. It’s about clarity, not wordiness. For instance, here is a wordy prompt that didn’t create the desired outcome.

The art created here isn’t high-quality.

To become a successful AI artist, you will need to focus on developing your imagination and utilizing creative prompts. Utilize tools like Phraser, a prompt generator, to explore different styles, textures, colours, content, feelings, and eras. Phraser allows you to select from a variety of options, including neural networks like DALL.E 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, as well as content type, description, style, colour, texture, resolution, camera settings, feelings, and era.

Once you’ve made your selections, Phraser will provide you with a unique prompt and you can simply copy-paste it into DreamStudio or MidJourney.

Master the Platforms.

There are a few wonderful AI art-generating platforms you should try and master, such as Stable Diffusion (Through DreamStudio or Hugging Face Spaces), Midjourney, DALL.E 2, DALL.E Mini, and DeepAI.

Stable Diffusion

Stable Diffusion, an AI application, is revolutionizing the art world by producing remarkable works of art beyond human capability. This process involves using an AI algorithm to generate a sequence of images that are merged to form the final artistic piece. This method is predominantly utilized for creating abstract or non-representational art, exploring beyond the confines of traditional human art.


One of my personal favourites is Midjourney.

Midjourney, led by David Holz of Leap Motion fame, is a top AI art generator that transforms user-submitted prompts into four corresponding pictures. Users can either opt to upgrade the most fitting picture to a higher resolution or try other options. With its ease of use, Midjourney is one of the most accessible AI art generators for the general public in 2022.

Art created on Midjourney


DALL.E 2, the latest AI model from OpenAI, creates art and realistic visuals from simple descriptive language. The name of the software is a fusion of Salvador Dali, a surrealist Spanish artist, and WALL-E, an animated Pixar character.

DALL.E 2 produces variations of the original image through its CLIP embeddings and Diffusion decoder, offering a deeper understanding of the intricacies and limitations of the model’s learning process.

Conclusion to how to become an AI artist

We are just at the beginning of a new era in generative art. Who knows what the future holds for AI-generated images and what new variations of the Diffusion model we will see in the future!

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1 Comment

  1. Fenvick

    I’m definitely going to try this out.

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