I’ve been going back and forth about AI art being cool and scary, but I can’t deny this Overwatch hero fusion is rendering (opens in new tab) I saw on Reddit last week that they are quite sweet. It’s fascinating that we can now ask an AI’s opinion of what Soldier 76 and Mei would look like together, and it can spit out some shockingly cool, arguably original character design.
That’s what author Drew Harrison did when he became one of the few thousand with access to Stable Diffusion (opens in new tab), an AI image model similar to other popular tools such as DALL-E and Midjourney. Harrison started out by giving the AI simple instructions such as “create a fusion portrait of Mercy from Overwatch and Junkrat from Overwatch” and in some cases took more direct control over artistic influences with tags like 4K, highly detailed, cinematic lighting. I only messed around with the DALL-E Mini online tool a bit, I didn’t realize you could get so specific with instructions.