What is Midjourney?
In order to use the bot, first you need to join their Discord. (If you don't know what a Discord is, think of it as a bunch of chat rooms.) Once there, you can use a number of commands to communicate with the Bot and ask it to draw something for you.
For example, you can ask it to draw a "teenage boy with golden hair in a psychedelic cartoon style" and it will come up with 4 images like this:
If you want to see something more specific, you can feed it some pictures and ask again...
Midjourney Bot as a concept artist
The Fae. She is supposed to be this magical creature, seemingly human but she has something almost supernatural about her. So I decided she's gonna have light blue hair. She is also close to nature so she will be wearing a crown of flowers, and I added some extra flower heads to her hair.
Because this concept has been bugging me for so long, I thought I'd ask Midjourney to help me out here.
I wanted to see pictures with a similar art style to ours, so I fed some screenshots and existing character references to the Bot and asked for a "beautiful lady with flowers in hair". I got some... well, somewhat funny results.
Okay, so this is not too bad, let's try some more! But let's change it up a bit, because obviously I didn't give enough information to the Bot. I changed the prompt to be "beautiful lady, light blue hair, flowers in hair, cartoon style" and added a few more screenshots to the mix, hoping that the outcome would be closer to our style.
I love how none of them actually wear glasses, but the AI couldn't "decide" between glasses and no glasses. Well that's one way to solve this, I guess. :D
You know what? I couldn't draw the face I wanted for this character either, so who am I to judge? Good job, AI! Well done.
After a few more tweaks and reruns we've reached an image I could actually use as a reference.
Take a look at the before and the after...
For an artist, yes. Tremendously.
I am not saying I will give up on drawing my own characters from now on. Not at all. But this is a great way to get some inspiration, to help you out if you get a little stuck with something.
Isn't it going to take your job as an artist, though?
I would say: not yet.
I could (and probably will) experiment some more to get even better results. But the images I got so far are not quite the same style as our game. So I definitely can't use them 'as is'. Besides, to do animations and whatnot, even if I had a perfect image to start with, I would still have to replicate it in Photoshop and cut it up to bits so I can animate it. I also would need to fill in some blanks. For example, I know that as the character moves, some bits that are hidden on the picture will need to be revealed. Like bits of her hair that's behind her body now.
I still have to do all this work before she can even appear inside the game. I can do it, because I do work as an artist too and I have considerable experience with drawing and using Photoshop. But for a programmer who's never done such things, it would be very hard if not impossible to just stright up use AI images instead of hiring a real artist.