On November 13, 2019, I launched an AI Art Generator App, NightCafe Creator — a free app for all platforms that lets you easily create artworks with the help of AI using the neural style transfer technique.
Since then, thousands of AI generated artworks have been created with the app by hundreds of users. Some artworks turn out better than others, and some AI artists seem to have a knack for getting beautiful and interesting results.
To mark the end of summer (here in Australia), we decided to look back at all the AI generated artworks created so far, and bring you our top 20.
A few notes about this list: it’s based on our own personal opinions, it doesn’t include any artworks that weren’t made public by the creators, and finally — it does include artworks created by the NightCafe team.
#20 — Stark
The creator of this artwork used a mask to confine two different styles to the two sides of this photo of Central Park, New York.
#19 — Cat Stitch
The creator of Cat Stitch used a photo of a black and white stitched rug and used it to style a photo of a (presumably their own) cat.
#18 — Lion Doodle
This is one of our own — we used a black and white photo of a lion and styled it using one of the preset styles. We think it turned out pretty nicely!
#17 — Girl with a Meat Earring
A play on the famous “Girl with a pearl earring” by Johannes Vermeer (1665) — recreated in the style of some prosciutto.
#16 — Fast Machine
Another creation using one of NightCafe Creator’s preset styles.
#15 — Chalkboard Cat
A cat in the style of bright coloured chalk on a chalkboard.
#14 — Honey, I’m Home!
Just a photo of some bees and honeycomb. But wait! If you squint, the whole thing also looks like a bee!
#13 — Opera House
The Sydney Opera House recreated in the style of one of the NightCafe Creator presets — Udnie (Young American Girl) by Francis Picabia.
#12 — Winter Morn
It’s just a simple photo of filtered light through some trees in the style of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, but it works so well and looks so much like a real painting that this one made the list despite it’s simplicity.
#11 — I Want To Believe: Declassified
Sure it’s a bit scrappy and doesn’t look exactly like a government document, but the ingenuity of this one is enough to earn it a place on our list.
#10 — Geoff Self Portrait
My uncle Geoff does really great aboriginal dot paintings. I uploaded a photo of him, and a photo of one of his paintings, and effectively created a self portrait. I think it turned out pretty great!
#9 — Magnum Opus
Nothing to see here! Just a doge in a plate of spaghetti…
#8 — Neon Lion
A photo of a lion recreated in black and neon. This one is a NightCafe Creator preset style.
#7 — The Cat
The pastel style is masked out of the eyes and tongue of this cat, resulting in a piercing look that follows you around the room.
#6 — Where’s Waldo?
Don’t look too closely at this seemingly typical Where’s Waldo scene. In this case you need to take a step back to see Waldo…
#5 — Shut Your Pie Hole
Edvard Munch’s “Scream”, re-imagined as a blueberry pie.
#4 — Warping Spacetime
This is a photo of my dog Winnie shaking off the salt water at the beach. It was one of the first tests of NightCafe Creator’s masking feature, and I think it’s still one of the best.
#3 — Carpe Diem, Memento Mori
Another one that uses the masking feature. “Seize the day, remember you will die”.
#2 — Skull Bouquet
A flower arrangement takes the form of a skull in this AI generated artwork that I always imagine would look great as a poster in a tattoo studio.
#1 — Starry Night Astronaut
This one is so simple, but I think it may always be the number one creation — the iconic photo of Buzz Aldrin in a space suit, painted somewhat fittingly in the style of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Try it yourself
Creating artworks like these is easy with NightCafe Creator — give it a go and show us your results!