Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

Creating the AI Meditation image

Graphic showing a neon figure deep in contemplation

When I wrote my article on why we ask too much of AI, I wanted an image that reflected the thoughtful, if chaotic prose. I thought it appropriate to ask Bing Create to come up with the hero image that went with it.

What it offered wasn’t particularly inspiring. Hands are a particular weakness of Generative AI, and something of an in-joke amongst those of us who use it.

Rather than take what Bing offered and just go with it, I decided to take a bit of my own advice. I’d already created images that I adapted, reworked and montaged, so why not do it again?

The basic outline is a rotoscope version of one image, with some major tweaks to fix problems in the way Bing renders people. I then used a rainbow effect to push through the outline, and added a bit of deeper shadowing. This was all done in Affinity Designer.

It took about an hour and a half to finish, plus another thirty minutes of prompting Bing Create to come up with ideas.

I have used Generative AI to create a couple of header images on the site. However, from here on I’ll use it to help with ideas and reference images, and create the illustrations myself.

If you want to read the blog post it goes with (which is about asking too much from AI) you can read it on my site.

My name is Ross Hori

I'm a freelance writer, designer and photographer. By day I create articles, features and reports. At night I take photos and write fiction. Find out more.