The Star Final
The time has come to finalise The Star for my AI generated tarot card deck. The below is the image that I am starting out with, and it needs a bit of work to get to a completed state.
I want to work on the hand holding the vessel of water; and then of course will come the up scaling and facial enhancement. Here is the starting image:
The transformation is one of pretty poor painting in Photoshop. The below is the first stage that I've arrived at, after having used some clone tool, patch tool, and a bit of manual brushwork. Up close it is shocking. In a thumbnail; it isn't too bad. If it were to be printed "card sized", it would probably be fine.
The border here is just me being lazy with cropping my screenshot, but it does give me the notion that borders for these cards are something that I should start considering; along with type faces for the naming... seems like a lot of work to finalise and complete. In any case, time to upscale and enhance the facial features somewhat.
The outcome of the upscaled face is the same as other iterations where I've used GFPGAN:
There's some unusual proportions between the eyes there that need to be fixed to make our character look less like they have a swollen eye on one side of their face. The Photoshop liquefy tool can help with that.
If you haven't ever used that tool, it is pretty easy, and just like a character generator in any modern game:
And this is the output, after moving several of those sliders in various ways...
The last thing to do is to add the standard vignette and colour adjustments to make the image blend with the others in the series.
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I don't know there is something that I don't like in this image. I don't know what it is, I couldn't define it. The work is well done and there are no major defects but I still don't like how it looks.
Maybe it's just my look as an observer.
Perhaps it is the unnatural flow of the water, or the (somewhat) emotionless expression. The pose of the hand is very mechanical, as well. There's lots of areas where the image could potentially be improved.
the lighting in the eyes is off...
if you adjust that - it will help a bit!
i was so thoroughly enjoying my midjourney subscription!!! but just recently cancelled it.
NOPE. not due to all the ridiculous chatter about AI-generated images on Hive. I stand strong in my opinion of the benefits of what Midjourney does for us on the whole - but... other issues. not important. hahaha life changing. but i'll miss it!
i was having FUN!!!!
too late for me to upvote this -but if you comment, i'll upvote the comment instead hehehe
I don't think I'll be making any changes. I like the imperfections in the work; it adds to the sense of "you'll never ever be good enough" that capitalism and contemporary society bring upon everyone, be it body shame, athleticism, nutrition, or financial.
It's a really truly great world we live in, I promise, here, try the steak.
I too canned my MJ subscription, opting instead to use tools that I can run locally like Stable Diffusion.
hehehe sorry...I wasn't criticizing...I was reading the comment section where the other comment said there was something "off" about it and immediately responded because my eye went right to the lighting in the eye, and I spoke without any kind of lead up and just blurted it out loll
so sorry about that! it's quite beautiful and of course it's beyond the point of touchup!! what the heck was I thinking! lolol
Hey, I'm okay for my work to be criticised. I can differentiate criticism of my output from criticism of myself. That was almost entirely a part of learning how to art at art school :D