Joseph Nathan Cohen

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


Generating images in the style of Constructivism.

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 Constructivism 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): Constructivism is marked by abstract, geometrical structures often made from modern materials like steel and glass. Sharp angles, intersecting planes, and bold, primary colors are common. To create constructivist art, build a composition with non-representational geometric forms, focusing on balance and depth. Use a limited color palette of bold hues for maximum impact.

Human Observation. I consider the thick prompt to have failed here.  It clearly failed in the Lake series.  I lack the knowledge of art required to diagnose the prompt and articulate the visuals.  A subsequent iteration might be well-served by using human expert-generated thick descriptors.

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 the lake