I am freelancing author for a small German pen & paper RPG and illustrations are scarce and getting your idea translated is troublesome. Especially when you have to communicate your ideas with the Artist Illustrating them and you usually have to live with what they get up from your initial description.
You can imagine how thrilled i was to get the chance to try DALLE. What this can do alone for illustrating fantasy rpg stuff is mind blowing
In getting illustrations from fantasy creature i discovered some “problems”
First i got the impression as soon as you ask for fantasy creatures instead of real once the quality of the artworks drops significantly. I guess that’s due to a lot of not so professional fantasy creature depictions.
And horse to unicorn is as simple as it gets
I was trying to recreate a creature i made up for a fantasy pen & paper RPG
This is the creature illustrated by Florian Stitz published by Uhrwerkverlag
The first try got me:
then i tried to get more jungle cat fur pattern:
This got me the closest (i think):
But i couldn’t refine it…
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(I erased where the webbed wings should be)
Then i tried to rephrase:
(A fantasy creature, a ozelot with bat like webbed wings extending from its paws to its body at the frontlegs, digital art, realistic)
Things i considered an issue doing this:
It would be nice to know how many attempts you have left. It is harder to refine things if you run in a full stop and have to start over the next day (or several hours later)
DALLE is very biased even on poor bats, as good as every picture even when i tried to make it “friendy” got some dark/mean vibe. Fruit Bats are so adorable creatures!
It would be nice to be able to define the mood and/or expression of creatures (characters) in a picture to counter biases
DALLE could use some anatomy lessons To phrase where an how parts connect and that e.g. webbed wings connect from the arms to the body would help tremendously to create fantasy creatures.
It would be nice to have not only the edit function of erasing. Erasing the “wings” and telling it to make them different often resulted in no wings at all.
I also tried this with a face on a more expressionistic piece of a woman, she got a face which didn’t fit to my vision of the picture, i tried to tell to chance the face by erasing it, i ended up mostly with no face at all.
It would be nice (again to counter biases) to have a option to edit the mood and/or art style globally.
When i tried to erase everything and telling DALLE to chance the mood i got strange patterns.
I have no illusions that this application (creating fantasy creatures) is very niche, but i hope this gives some ideas which help overall.