Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Street Art

Generating images in the style of Street Art.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Street Art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Street art is visually provocative, often combining elements of graffiti, public art, and activism. It’s characterized by its public locations and use of different mediums such as spray paint, stencils, mosaic, and stickers. The art often incorporates social and political messages intended to engage viewers. Installed illicitly and frequently temporary, street art leverages the urban environment in its composition, transforming public spaces into canvases. Style variations include text-based messages, iconic graphics, and complex muralistic compositions.

Human Observation.  The thick prompt performed poorly when depicting a natural environment. This suggests that the thick prompt is not adequate.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.