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Generating an image of a watercolor painting from a simple sketch and a text prompt

Prompt: watercolor painting of a cat, sitting on a table, staring past the camera
AI System: MidJourney
Width: 1059
Height: 1059
Seed: 3317744852

Using Midjouney’s feature of taking a simple sketch and a text prompt to generate a base reference image that will be used to generate other images. First I created a simple sketch of a cat by tracing an image and using only the tracing for the starting image. Then I uploaded the image to a Discord channel for MidJourney. Combining the sketch and a prompt, I got back a set of four Images that followed the image prompt well. The resulting image matched the composition and details of the sketch. The image result is used as the new reference image. The result created four images, one of which is used as the featured image for this post.

Prompt Terms:

<reference image> watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera

Prompt Details:  <reference image> (URL to image) Watercolor (medium) Painting (style of art) of a cat (subject) sitting on a table (location | position), staring past the camera (affects the focus of subject relative to the camera)

Original sketch - black and white outline
Original sketch
Image traced for sketch - shows both underlying image and overlay sketch.
Image traced for sketch
The result from the original sketch and the prompt - 4Up
The result from the original sketch and the prompt
New Base Reference Image - watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera
New Base Reference Image
four paintings of cats - The results from the new base image and the prompt.
The results from the new base image and the prompt.
Final Image

Prompt Alternate

a watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera, colorful kaleidoscope - 4up
Same base reference image with a slightly different prompt – a watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera, colorful kaleidoscope – 4up
a watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera, colorful kaleidoscope
a watercolor painting of a cat sitting on a table, staring past the camera, colorful kaleidoscope

Update: I used the simple cat illustration to control image generation in Stable Diffusion. Take a look at the article How Line Art Controls the Drawing: An Introduction to ControlNet’s LineArt Model

simple lineart sketch of a cat
Watercolor painting of a cat by a window

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