Editor’s note: I recently discovered a site called ruDALL-E which is an artificial intelligence image generator, and just one of many platforms emerging in the still-developing sphere of text to images technology. For a more detailed overview of this tech see here Many of the platforms offer a free basic user experience, but if you subscribe you can gain access to advanced features.
The DALL-E demo I’ve been using responds to entered keywords by delivering unique AI-generated images… useful for writers and artists (like me) who enjoy blogging poetry and flash fiction then illustrating with digital images.
Today I’m pleased to publish my first experiment of writing a piece of prose for the Six Sentence Stories blog hop using the DALL-E machine as my illustrator. This week’s cue word of JUNK prompted me to write The Gold in your Soul. After, I entered keywords from the narrative into the DALL-E demo and attempted to match a number of generated images to the story – in effect, a title then an image for each sentence.
After an intriguing, surprising and enjoyable few hours experimenting with different words and their combinations, I’m pleased to present the results. All images featured are exactly how DALL-E delivered them to me, and though there is scope for further digital enhancement from my part, I’ve left them as they are.
The Gold in your Soul
It’s sometimes said: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
The brutal irony of discovering that the email ending the relationship had been sent to the junk folder… your heart now turned to iron and hauled upon the scrap heap of unwanted lovers.
You’re growing skinny, not eating, have lost interest in all which once inspired you, and for what… love’s cruel letter giving you notice, with no refund nor compensation for injury?
Yet, you still have that glimmer in your eyes, that spark that says hey, it’s me.
One morning, as the sun rises, a ray of light frames you as a golden seam within the earth into which you have undertaken hibernation, a golden seam you are, you are, a golden seam you are.
The clip of heels greets this new day, and the chiming of tools… words to work wonders and unearth your trinket bones; how you shake off the granules of soil which have weighed on your shoulders, how you smile at the treasure hunter before you who sees love in your eyes and the gold in your soul.
Image for title. Keywords: Gold-Soul.
Image 1. Keywords: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Image 2. Keywords: Iron-Brutal-Heart.
Image 3. Keywords: Skinny-Love.
Image 4. Keywords: Glimmer-Eye.
Image 5. Keywords: Sun-Golden-Seam.
Image 6. Keywords: Love-Gold-Bones.
The DALL-E generator at it’s free demo point of use is fast, and can generate an image in under two minutes. The machine offered some very surprising and abstract results, including some disturbing and nightmarish images (see the “Glimmer-Eye” returns in the gallery below!). I was especially pleased with the title image for which I entered “Gold-Soul.” The DALL-E machine seemed to respond better to fewer keywords rather than a large body of text, though I was pleased with the result I gained for “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
Here are some of the other images DALL-E returned to me, which I opted not to use in my experiment. As you can see, entering the same keywords will provide a unique result each time.
Just for fun!
Most of the keyword structures I entered were abstract, so it’s hardly surprising the images returned were abstract. However, type in something simple like “Black Cat” and you get, erm… some very odd-looking cats.
Oh well, it’s early days and I guess DALL-E is still learning how to draw.
How about something even simpler than a black cat…
… an egg!
DALL-E… now draw me a chicken!
DALL-E… which came first, the chicken or the egg?
And finally, DALL-E, draw me Ringo Starr saying: “I am the Walrus”…
Here are some results from a test I made based on the previous week’s SSS and three keywords I took from Denise’s editorial. The words were: ‘Voltaire’, ‘Guide’ and ‘Six’. The DALL-E machine often incorporates a Russian-style text depending on certain keywords you use.
The Gold in your Soul by Ford. December 15. 2021.
The Gold in your Soul images by ruDALL-E