Last updated August 4, 2022 | It’s been almost three months since I first gained access to MidJourney, and it’s been a blast. After spending some money for extra “play time” to make a lot of MidJourney portraits, I’ve learned so much. To help others get ahead with their creation of AI faces, I’m sharing some Midjourney examples along with the original prompts.
Have you been wondering how do you get access to Midjourney? Good news! Using the AI bot is no longer invitation only. Now everyone is welcome. Head over to this page on the Midjourney website to request an account so you can make your own cool text to image artwork.
The Power of Making Small Changes to Your Midjourney Prompts
Certainly, the best thing to do is to think of the following blog post as a sort of visual guide.
Although the Midjourney website help pages created by its developers are fantastic and provide a lot of depth, I am a “show me” learner. And, I think I’m not alone.
If you learn better visually, too, this post is for you. Though this isn’t an official Midjourney control study, I hope these images give you a sense of what different terms might do if you choose to use them with its bot.
Estimated reading time: 23 minutes
Note: To make this as useful as possible for folks getting started with Midjourney, I started every command the same way. That is, for every single Midjourney image showcased in this post, my prompt began with this simple input:
/imagine [ prompt ] Muhammad Ali :: portrait
To this command text, I added different variables.
I think it’s amazing to see—all in one place—how updating just one variable can dramatically change the Midjourney examples that are created by its clever bot, and I hope you do, too.
Many remember Muhammad Ali for being one of the best boxers of all time, but I admire his work as an activist. Ali used his celebrity to speak out against racism, religious bigotry, and more.
For instance, in 1967, he refused to be drafted into the military on the grounds that he was a conscientious objector. He was arrested and stripped of his boxing titles. Ali regained his titles in 1971 then retired from boxing in 1981. He died in 2016 at the age of 74.
Choosing a muse known for helping others made sense since this guide’s purpose is to help others. Here’s to The Greatest for being a great role model!
Some Midjourney samples I’ve included are shown as upscale light max final art. If you are new to this term, you might find it helpful to check out my earlier post. It takes you through the entire process of making Midjourney portraits. After that, the article also includes more Midjourney examples of upscale light max, too.
Keep scrolling to check out 56 different Muhammad Ali-inspired Midjourney examples, all created using slightly different prompts. And, be sure to take note of any inputs that you love so that you can try them yourself when making AI portraits.
Gallery of Midjourney Examples With Inputs
Here are examples of a variety of AI-generated Muhammad Ali portraits created on Discord with Midjourney by changing the final part of my input to the bot.
2. Gond Painting
7. Op Art
9. Ballpoint Pen Drawing
10. Paint Splatter
Ah, this poor Muhammad Ali includes a weird variation with the dreaded double-nose! This facial attribute is almost as much fun as the extra eye or the giraffe neck—not! If you run into oddities with your initial four variations, don’t give up. There are several ways to fix this common problem that happens when creating Midjourney examples. Some of my favorite go-to tricks for fixing similar issues with Midjourney’s outputs include running more and more variations, using Photoshop to “Frankenstein” parts from several outputs together to create one solid image, and even using other AI programs, like FaceApp. If you are creative and persistent, there’s always a solution!
15. Der Blue Reiter
16. Phad Painting
17. Incredible Hulk
19. Warli Painting
20. Wall Street Journal Hedcut
22. Harlem REnaissance
25. Charcoal Drawing
26. High Saturation
27. Drawn by a Child
33. 1920s Disney Cartoon
34. Micro Details
35. Pop Art
38. Red Shift
39. Moonlight With Dramatic Shadows
42. Lisa Frank
44. Medieval Engraving
46. Pen and Ink
48. Vivid and Glowing
50. Daniel Clowes
54. Chiharu Shiota
55. Kay Nielsen
56. 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoon
3 Bonus MidJOurney Tips
Use Multiple Terms in Your Input
Once you have a better idea of what you get for specific terms, it’s easier to think of combinations that might yield interesting AI art when output through Midjourney’s bot.
Depending on the results you’re hoping to get when you generate text-to-image art using an AI tool, you might choose to go harmonious or crazy.
If you have GPU hours to spare, it can be fun to experiment with more complex and unusual combos. As you build your prompt for Midjourney’s bot, remember that you can weight different elements if your initial outputs are skewing away from what you’ve envisioned.
Make Unexpected Combinations
Sometimes visual ideas that I would have never thought would go together can create the most interesting results. Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his influential, organic architecture style so his name might not come to mind when you think about what you want to use in a prompt for text-to-image AI art, but putting his name in the mix just might give you some exciting results.
As another example, consider Isaac Mizrahi. He is my all-time favorite fashion designer. Though he is beyond famous for his couture clothes and accessories, he isn’t as well-known as a traditional portrait artist. But, since I am a super fan, I was curious to see what Midjourney’s AI art-making bot thought it would look like if Mizrahi painted Muhammad Ali’s picture. See below and wonder no more!
Try Different Variations to Get the Best MidJourney Examples
If you want a specific aesthetic style but MidJourney’s AI bot doesn’t seem to get what you are talking about in your prompt, consider rephrasing using alternative names. In some cases, using an artist’s precise name will do the trick, but in other instances using their nickname or reference to the style they’re known for will give you better results.
MidJourney Trick to Get ITS BOT Generate ART IN THE STYLE OF AN Artist It DOesn’t Know—YET!
If you have an especially modern artist in mind whose aesthetic you’d like to try and replicate but MidJourney doesn’t know what to do when you include their name in your prompt, don’t give up!
Instead, try to use words that describe the artist’s influences and look.
For example, MidJourney wasn’t sure what to do when I asked its text-to-image tool to create art in the style of one of my friends: oil painter and mixed-media artist Ken Keirns.
Ken specializes in amazing paintings of femme fatales with “big eyes” in scenes with fun pop culture references. So, to try and replicate his work, I used phrases like “in the style of Margaret Keane” and “oil painting” to help MidJourney understand the type of art that I hope it would generate from the other words in my prompt.
Need Help Coming Up With Ideas? Check Out These 3 Resources for MidJourney Prompt-Writing Prompter for MidJourney is a free prompt builder created by Shane McGeehan. This Midjourney prompt writing tool Google Sheets-based and ideal for desktop users. If you have a Google account, you can copy it and save a version to your Drive. Woohoo! PromptMANIA is a free “human-friendly” prompt builder for AI visual art generators that works with Midjourney. Some of its best features include a speed calculator (so you can avoid overload overloading a bot with overly complex prompts) and its ability to push your prompts straight to Discord without the hassle of having to copy-and-paste. MidJourney Styles & Keywords Reference is a Github repository with lots of information about the differences between past versions of MidJourney and the latest version (MJ3).
Want to See Even more Midjourney Examples?
One of the best ways to learn new tricks to improve your Midjourney AI art creations is to just join a channel on Discord and watch other users generate and iterate awesome portraits.
Meanwhile, as you browse, keep an eye out for things you like. Then, in addition, show those makers some love by giving them positive feedback on Discord and you just might make a new connection who can help you in your learning journey. You are basically working in a place where anyone can make their dreams come alive. And, we do so often in ways that none of us would’ve thought possible before the advent of Midjourney’s amazing AI art tool.
That’s one of the great things about making Midjourney AI art as part of a community. It creates a level playing field because we’re all learning together.
In other words, in case you can’t tell, I love just spending time with other Midjourney users on Discord. Above all, what better gift did Midjourney’s developers give us than this easy way to collaborate if we want.
If You Get Stuck …
First, consider connecting with me on Discord. If you run into trouble with your portraits and have a question, I’m happy to try and help. My username there is joyous#8616.
Second, think about getting insights from a group of others learning how to use Midjourney AI. If you have an account on Facebook—is to join the fantastic Midjourney AI group. Similarly, do you want to troubleshoot your problems with folks who have probably had the same issue? There you can ask questions of other users. And, most importantly, it’s also a place for getting feedback on your work. That’s because there in that group its members will cheer you on and give you tips, too.
I learn something new from the smart, talented people in that group daily. To sum up … come join us!