Exploring AI Artwork Co-Creation – Steve Pavlina

As I’ve been taking part in round with AI artwork instruments, I made a decision to replace the related photos for our programs. I wished to provide you with a extra distinctive and private expression than utilizing the previous inventory photos as we’ve been doing for the previous few years.

This was a comparatively small challenge, and it gave me a pleasant cause to delve into some attention-grabbing AI instruments to higher assess their capabilities. I positively realized lots and really a lot loved the expertise.

With many of the photos I iterated dozens of instances, feeding incremental photos again to the AI instruments and prompting them to maintain evolving these photos in instructions of my selecting.

I additionally did some traditional picture modifying to get the photographs the best way I wished them to look. Typically I’d do some edits alongside the best way to nudge the AI to discover in a special course.

I started by feeding the AI completely different phrases that I related to a given course, together with the title of the course, my title, and many topical key phrases that relate to the course. Then I set the AI to generate not less than 100 photos to start with, typically just a few hundred, so I might see a pleasant divergent set of conceptual concepts. From there I might decide my favorites and evolve a few of them additional.

I went by way of many rounds of diverging to generate extra concepts after which converging by creating extra refined variations of ideas I like. Lastly I did some fine-tuning.

The expertise was like having a staff of artists to maintain creating extra artwork, and I might preserve guiding them and giving them suggestions until they created one thing that happy me.

I don’t anticipate or want different folks to love my creations. My purpose was to switch the inventory picture photos with creations which might be significant to me, filled with symbolism and imagery that genuinely connects with every course. I wished to lift my commonplace for genuine and private expression. I’m not in search of to impress anybody, and I’m certain some folks won’t like the photographs. I’m completely okay with that. I actually like how these turned out although.

I smile now once I take a look at the Programs web page since I’ve a private connection to every picture. I now not suppose, “I ought to actually exchange that inventory picture with one thing extra expressive.”


The primary one I made was the Submersion picture.

Submersion is about exploring Subjective Actuality, which might be like stepping by way of a portal, so I like that this appears portal-like. SR can be a lens that can be utilized, so the lens-like look works properly too.

With this picture I did little or no modifying and largely used what the AI created, though I did generate many tons of of different photos earlier than discovering this one. I like the way it conveys so many features of the Submersion expertise in a compact visible kind, particularly how one can’t actually grasp the world of SR till you lastly dive in and discover it. It appears like some sort of deep aquatic world inside, however you’ll by no means know what it’s prefer to be in that actuality until you go inside and expertise it for your self. I like how this picture invitations us to discover what’s in there.

I particularly just like the intricate look of the border across the portal. I intentionally prompted the AI to create one thing intricate and detailed.

Rachelle additionally famous that this picture reminds her of an previous diver’s helmet, which is one other good affiliation to the course.

I discover this picture very stunning too. I like the wealthy complexity of it.

Octo Intensive

The following picture I created was for the Octo Intensive workshop that we did on-line in October 2021.

Octo Intensive

This was a one-time workshop, so I’m solely utilizing this picture for the recorded model that Acutely aware Progress Membership members can entry as a part of their membership.

The Octo Intensive was about 8 ideas of motivation, therefore the Octo theme. At first the AI was producing plenty of bizarre octopus photos that had been too literal, so I needed to tone down the octopus prompting and nudge it to do extra with the opposite ideas. Ultimately we began converging in an attention-grabbing course.

I like how one can ribbon represents a prize, award, or present, and there are embedded diamonds as properly, representing the numerous rewards of sustaining robust motivation. The octopus owns its place within the midst of these rewards, like in fact that’s the place it belongs. Its eyes look a bit like gems too – a reminder to follow intentionality by specializing in our wishes.

Deep Abundance Integration

For Deep Abundance Integration, I began with a tree in a circle after which developed it lots from there, ultimately arising with this.

Deep Abundance Integration

I put plenty of thought into the symbolism that I included on this one. There’s a tree and leaves for progress. The leaves are textured for nuance and subtleties within the progress journey. The tree has branches for the numerous type of abundance. There are leaves beneath (internal journey) and leaves above (exterior rewards).

The guts jewel is to remind folks to comply with their path with a coronary heart and for a logo of wealth and luxurious. The water has ripples for the numerous ripples that we will create with an abundance mindset. Dawn is going on within the background (sunny days forward).

The copper colour was Rachelle’s concept. I prefer it as a logo of groundedness and depth because it’s mined from the earth. She additionally got here up with the guts concept.

The sky represents limitless enlargement (i.e. the sky’s the restrict).

I like photos that seem like they could possibly be actual bodily objects as an alternative of simply making flat 2D photos. I prefer it when photos convey depth and texture, like I might attain out and contact them. This jogs my memory that the expansion concepts in these programs are accessible. They aren’t merely concepts – we will combine them into our lives and make them actual.


This new Stature picture took took the longest, however I like the way it turned out.


There’s a bronze particular person with outstretched arms, and there’s an animal-like face within the glass behind. The eyes of the face additionally operate as a Superman-like cape for the determine.

There’s extra symbolism embedded on this… reminiscent of placing steel (robust) in entrance of glass (fragile).

Stature is a course on character sculpting, which is like reworking the wild, beast-like components of ourselves into the robust selves that we want to develop into. But we don’t abandon the beast aspect as a result of it helps us in our human journey.


The Amplify picture merges a microphone, speaker, and light-weight bulb multi functional. I like the straightforward class of this one.


This was the quickest and best course picture to create, and I felt like I used to be actually within the move of working with the AI to develop it. It nonetheless took many iterations, however we made attention-grabbing progress at every step and converged fairly rapidly.

Amplify is a course on inventive move and inventive productiveness. The mic represents discovering our voice. The sunshine bulb is for inventive concepts, and because the gentle bulb is identical object because the mic, it’s a reminder to behave on impressed concepts instantly. The speaker within the background is there to amplify the message, and it additionally appears a bit rippled to symbolize the ripples we will create.

This picture additionally has a construction just like a trophy, representing the achievement aspect of inventive achievement.

And the picture is compact and easy, reminding us that we will simply create with out overcomplicating the expertise.

Tech-wise although, that configuration would ship a ton of audio suggestions from the speaker proper into the mic, in order that’s symbolic of listening to the decision of 1’s viewers so loudly you possibly can now not ignore it. It’s just like the speaker is promoting that it’s time to step as much as the mic and begin expressing your self.


Guild is a course on social alignment, so I wished to convey many various features of an excellent social circle in a single picture.


Within the completely different faces, you’ll see variety and playfulness. However there’s additionally plenty of uniformity, which represents creating alignment in your social circle.

The characters are in sync, however the items aren’t all completely sq. since we’ll absolutely make investments extra in some folks than in others. There’s a gold wire across the outdoors since good pals are like gold.

All of us put on masks at instances, so the problem of intimacy is to look past the floor and get to know the characters behind the masks. Not everyone seems to be masked to the identical diploma.

There’s a mixture of heat and funky colours since folks might be heat or chilly too – and typically each.


Does working with AI instruments circumvent the inventive course of, such that the AI does all of the heavy lifting?

I don’t see it that manner in any respect. Utilizing such wealthy instruments permits me to focus extra consideration at a special stage. As an alternative of interested by brush strokes and colours, I can deal with which means and symbolism and the general construction of a picture. I can take note of decrease stage particulars too, however I don’t need to get slowed down in inventive abilities that don’t curiosity me, like studying to attract, paint, or sculpt.

Which may trouble some individuals who invested years in a few of their inventive abilities, which I can perceive as a former sport developer. I might simply as simply say that to be a real artist, you need to make your individual canvases, paints, pencils, brushes, and so on. I might say that it’s dishonest in the event you play a musical instrument that another person constructed and that an actual artist would construct their very own. However in fact that’s garbage. All of us lean on the work of the previous, and to me this expertise is not any completely different in that regard. There’s simply extra previous to lean on now.

I’ll say that I didn’t attempt to copy or emulate any identified artist’s fashion with these photos, dwelling or lifeless. I by no means fed within the title of an artist or particular person (aside from myself) for any of the prompts I used. That wouldn’t have felt good to me, and it might have run opposite to my objective for this exploration.

These photos might violate folks’s expectations. Proper now I don’t know of any pals on this discipline making these sorts of photos to affiliate with their merchandise. I’m certain some folks would discourage me from going this route as properly, simply as folks tried to discourage me from entering into running a blog again in 2004.

To me these photos are all significant. They symbolize a lot of what I put into the programs. I truly favor photos that make folks do a double-take. If folks see these as odd or uncommon, I contemplate {that a} good factor.

Although folks usually invite me to converge on their expectations, Actuality has been rewarding me for divergent habits for many years, and I belief my instincts. Presently my instincts inform me that this can be a fascinating toolset to proceed to exploring with.

I don’t have destructive associations to co-creating with AI. I leveraged AI ideation instruments for the Octo Intensive and for the Guild course, and I felt this added worth to these experiences. Different individuals appreciated the AI’s contributions as properly, which helped us to discover some attention-grabbing instructions.

Furthermore, I’ve gained some helpful private progress insights from co-creating with AI instruments. As I labored with prompting photos to evolve in a sure course, it jogged my memory of the significance of iterative upgrades in my life as properly. Within the quick time period, progress might look like minimal, however the compounding results might be profound in the long run.

I’m reminded of a time that my first spouse Erin and I put up an indication in our front room that stated, “$5000 monthly,” again after we had been struggling financially. That easy signal did the trick, and we quickly received to that earnings stage and properly past. It was like prompting ourselves to create what we wished, inflicting our mindsets to shift a bit extra every day. These micro-shifts can actually add up over time.

I used to be additionally reminded of the significance of mixing intentionality with flexibility. After I tried to over-control the AI, I’d usually hit a plateau as a result of I wasn’t taking part in to the AI’s strengths. In these conditions it was higher to present the AI extra inventive flexibility, so it might evolve photos even in violation of my prompting. But it surely wasn’t clever to let the AI be too divergently inventive for too lengthy since we might get misplaced within the vastness of the likelihood area and by no means converge on an concept. I discovered different methods to leverage the AI to refine a messy or flawed idea right into a extra refined one.

At its greatest this was a transcendent expertise. I like the synergy of mixing my strengths with the AI’s strengths and dealing within the zone the place we will every contribute our greatest creativity for attention-grabbing outcomes. Typically I’d see a brand new picture and smile, marveling on the AI’s cleverness or brilliance. Its concepts usually impressed me to go down completely different paths than I’d beforehand had in thoughts. The place we ended up with every picture was normally very completely different from the place we began.

That is good reminder to carry an identical mindset to our objectives. Be intentional but in addition versatile since you’re not 100% in management. You’re co-creating this journey with Actuality, and you might want to play to its strengths to ask the most effective move of cooperation.

I stay very optimistic about the way forward for co-creating with AI. It looks like such a rewarding path to maintain exploring. It elevates the inventive expertise away from the mundane and in the direction of the divine. I like how such instruments are extending the vary of what I can create and specific and with whom.

I am Christian Nnakuzierem Alozie (Kris Kuzie Alozie). A native of Eziama Nneato in Umunneochi LGA, Abia State, Nigeria. I am an inspirational writer and a motivational speaker. And above all, a lover of charity.

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