When I started this site, I promised myself that after 100 posts I'd do a personal gut check, and take stock of things to be updated and/or improved.
Site Progress To Date
I love metrics as much as I do art, and thought it'd be interesting to share.
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5 Guiding Principles for Site Updates
- It is about visual art first
- Keep the art and membership free
- Content and value for paid membership
- Improve user experience, minimize disruption
- Easy to maintain and update
Principle 1: It is about visual art first
Female, male, fine art, nude, erotic, photo sets, video, animation or text. It is all about visual art. I don't want to use"high-quality" because I like to share the misses too. What I will use instead is "intentionally art".
Principle 2: Keep the membership free
There will always be free members able to access most content on the site.
Principle 3: Content and value for paid membership
Thank you to all of you that have paid memberships. I never expected to make much off the site, but I'm already working on the premium content mentioned below.
Principle 4: Improve user experience, minimize disruption
Updates should enhance or improve. I've been looking at site visuals, and as more and more images/videos get published, it should be easy to navigate.
Principle 5: Easy to maintain and update
This one is for me. It's important to ensure I can maintain the site while it continues to grow.
Specific Updates Coming Soon!
No particular order. The following updates are all being worked on now, but there are so many others coming.
- Rotating home/landing page (1st landing page in place now. Will update Sundays)
- Premier/paid membership content (in progress now)
- Updates to site styling/typography (researching and testing)
- Add micro-interaction animations across site (in progress now)
- A consistent schedule to publish content/image sets (researching)
I've been reading a lot about all the AI art being created and in circulation so I decided to set it up and give it a try myself. I set up Stable Diffusion and experimented with it locally at home.
It really is fascinating, and while I don't believe it's any threat to photography/videography anytime soon, it does create some really great fantasy illustrations.
It also creates some horrifically hilarious images as you'll see below. If you're not familiar with it, you feed the AI "prompts" and a reference or seed image, then it creates it. The more descriptive your prompts, the better the images.
I just winged it with the prompts, and these ghastly images were spit out. I was laughing so hard. I believe my prompt was something like:
"beautiful woman on bed, sensual, pouty, playful, boudoir, lingerie"
I thought ok, maybe it needs a good reference to go off. Let's add Marylin Monroe into the prompts. Not much better....
Let's try a real image
I thought maybe a real image would be better to use, so I feed this shot with Alina to the AI
and got this
Started looking into prompts, and found that the more verbose the better, and always good to include an artist or style. Similar prompt, but more verbosity and artist and style references, but the AI just seems to love created multiple heads
Got better prompts and references, and played with tweaking the prompts subtly each iteration to fine tune, but still loves those 2 heads.
These started to really come out well as I got a better feel for it
Now I was curious and having fun. Let's see what it can do with Brie Larson
Not too bad. How about Marisa Tomei?
Must not know who she is. An off the wall request. Christina Hendricks with Jerry and George Costanza in Jerry's apartment, then sparring with hotdogs
Definitely has some great potential, and people are really creating some amazing images like this site: https://lexica.art/
Just found this too amusing not to publish.