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Generating an image of a charcoal illustration from a simple sketch and a text prompt

Prompt: charcoal illustration portrait of a young woman staring into the camera
AI System: MidJourney
Width: 1664
Height: 2432
Parameters: --ar 2:3

The process for this AI image generation uses the Midjouney AI feature of taking an image + text prompt to generate an image. An initial simple reference illustration and a simple prompt “charcoal illustration portrait of a young woman staring into the camera.” First I created a reference image by making a simple digital sketch of a woman (on a Samsung Tablet s6). Then I uploaded the image to a Discord channel for MidJourney. Combining the Image and prompt, I got back a set of four Images that followed the image prompt well. The eyes and brows matched, the nose shading is a nice touch, and I like how the hair flows, all seem to follow the reference image well.

Prompt Terms:

<reference image> charcoal illustration portrait of a young woman staring into the camera.

Prompt Details: <reference image> (URL to the image) Charcoal (medium) Illustration (style of art) portrait (headshot framing) of a young (affects the age of subject) woman (affects both sex and maturity – not a child) staring into the camera (controls focus of subject relative to the camera)

Reference Image - digital sketch
Simple digital sketch uploaded to MidJourney. This reference image hints at composition, structure, and other image-framing information.
Resulting image from reference 4 up - charcoal images related to the prompt.
Image results from the simple reference illustration and text prompt
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman - generated by Midjourney AI
Selected Image to be used as next reference image
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman - generated by Midjourney AI - 4 Up
Image result from newly selected image and text prompt.
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman - generated by Midjourney AI - showing two black bans on either side.

The result image has black bands on either side of the image which is a result of the original simple reference illustration having a different aspect ratio from the image result. could have been avoided by making sure your uploaded image and your desired output image has the same image aspect ratio. This is where setting an Aspect ratio can help. The use of this feature adds a –ar 2:3. (two units in wide by three units in height). By taking the reference image and the text prompt and –ar 2:3, the image result simply removed the side black bands and heightened the Image composition a little.

Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman - generated by Midjourney AI
Reference Image (square) used with text prompt and an aspect ratio parameter –ar 2:3
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman  4 Up - generated by Midjourney AI
Image result (rectangular) from selected image and text prompt and an aspect ratio parameter
Midjourney Bot Discord channel - Screenshot
Midjourney Bot Discord channel – Screenshot
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman - generated by Midjourney AI - Final Image
Simple charcoal illustration of a young woman – Final Image

Prompt Alternative

portrait of a young powerful woman, staring into the camera, fiery chaotic energy background, detailed illustration
Same base reference image with a slightly different prompt – portrait of a young powerful woman, staring into the camera, fiery chaotic energy background, detailed illustration.

Next: Portrait of a young powerful woman from a series of reference images. >

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