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Hopping onto the AI Express

Navigating the digital art world is like riding a rollercoaster of change - it can be both thrilling and stomach-churning! My journey with AI started with a few bumps, but curiosity got the better of me, and I wondered, "How can I make this tech wizard a part of my creative process?"

While AI can whip up an image in seconds, I still crave that hands-on experience. I love choosing and arranging elements to bring my vision to life. The surprising twist? The AI bot turned out to be quite good at creating subjects and characters on clean, white backgrounds. I'd then extract them and then compose my image in Photoshop. What began as a rocky ride suddenly felt like a fun, uncharted adventure with endless possibilities.

Then, I hopped onto the AI express with Phil Steele's Synthetic Photography Masterclass. This is highly recommended if you want to explore the ins and outs of AI imagery.

The way I see AI imagery is like having an artistic robot assistant who can paint, draw, and create cool pictures way faster than us humans. It's like art on turbo mode without endless coffee breaks. So, in a nutshell, AI imagery is art with a super-speedy, tech-savvy sidekick! 🤖🎨✨

Now, let's pause for a reality check – AI isn't always the genius it's cracked up to be, especially when you've got a crystal-clear image in your head. It's like two creative minds having a friendly showdown.

Yep, it can get a bit slow and finicky. You'll find yourself fine-tuning prompts, generating and regenerating images/elements, all in the name of getting your AI buddy to see eye-to-eye with your artistic vision. It's like teaching a robot to dance the Cha-Cha!

But then I thought why not whip up these elements for other creatives who might be short on time or a tad impatient (wink, wink)? Let's make their creative journey a breeze, so they can dive into the fun stuff without a fuss! So, I recently started my digital elements shop and working hard to add many more collections to choose from, stay tuned!

The Above image was created with elements from the Mixed Media Collection that is available in my shop. In the following two images you can see the backgrounds, character, objects, photoshop brushes and overlays which were developed in AI Midjourney, to create this image.

My process hasn't changed much and remains similar to what I've been doing all along with my photography and stock images. It all begins with a spark of inspiration, and from there, the fun and magic unfolds.

  1. Dreaming Up the Image: It all starts with an idea or a vivid mental picture of the artwork I want to create.

  2. Sketching a Reminder: To capture that initial idea, I like to make a quick sketch as a little reminder.

  3. Research for AI Bot: Now, here's where things get interesting. Before diving into the AI wizardry, I do a bit of research and make a few notes. I explore details like the characters, the era, the time of day, the mood I want to convey. If it's all about photorealism, I think about the film, camera, and angle. If I'm leaning towards an artistic touch, I contemplate the style – be it watercolors, animation, or loose sketching. These are the bits of information that I feed into the AI to create my characters, objects, and backgrounds.

  4. Photoshop: With all my new AI elements in tow, I transfer them into Photoshop to start building my composition on a digital canvas.

  5. Blending: Once I'm happy with the composition, a bit of blending is in order. I bring in some lighting effects and employ Photoshop blending techniques. If you're new to Photoshop, Sebastian Michaels' Photoshop Artistry Course is a goldmine of knowledge to help you get familiar with photoshop and create something extraordinary.

  6. Resources: At any point in my creative process, I like to dip into the digital treasure troves offered by designers on the Photo Artistry, Awake and KAIZEN platforms, all hosted by Sebastian Michaels. These resources are like an artist's secret stash, filled with digital elements to refine and enhance my artwork. It's what gives each piece that lovely, one-of-a-kind photo artistic feel.

  7. Final image: I always make sure that my image has been created and saved in a large resolution, ready for printing.

Floral Wings of Contemplation, Newsprint Wings of Reflection and Stop, images also created with the Mixed Media Collection available in my Digital Element Shop for creatives.

If you would like to add the Mixed Media Collection to your stash, please follow this link:

Please let me know if you have any questions or requests. Thank you for visiting my website and for your support.

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