Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Narcissus in the Pool (AI generated)

 Here's another image I've been playing with, a Narcissus variation. I used Leonardo Ai's "Canvas" feature to interactively draw parts of the image, & also used text prompts to define it.

Narcissus in the Pool AI

Colossus Variation (AI generated image)

 Sometimes, using Leonardo Ai, it manages to achieve good results very quickly. Other times, I have to give up on it & assume it doesn't understand what I'm trying to evoke. In the case below, it did a pretty good job, all 4 of the original images generated were potentially usable. This one could ideally use a bit of tweaking, the giant foot of the subsidiary sculpture stands out, as does the inconsistency of sailing vessels depicted...but that's part of the fun of AI.

Colossus Variation (AI)

Sunday, May 26, 2024

A new Tumblr blog for the AI artwork

 I've just created a new Tumblr blog to hold my AI artwork. You can find it at I'll be uploading more work as time goes on. Check it out.

Homage to Bosch version 1 (AI generated image)

End of Empire (AI generated image)

 Here is another AI experiment from Leonardo.Ai. I find that it takes many edits to get a good image, so while this is in many ways quick & automatic, there are a lot of wasted images. I also find that the AI responds quite well to poetic or "nonsense" prompts...

End of Empire, AI-generated image

Empyrean -- AI animation

This is my first attempt at animating an AI scene in Leonardo Ai. It's very short, so you can right-click on the play button in the lower left corner & choose "loop" to see it better. I also recommend making it full screen to see it more clearly, & choosing the highest quality available from the video settings (cog wheel icon).

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Empire State Monsters (AI generated image)

 My first successful (in my opinion) experiment with AI image creation--I used the Leonardo AI web interface to create this image of the Empire State Building in NYC attacked by monsters. It's the closest image I've created in AI that looks like I might have made it myself. More coming, I hope...

Empire State Monsters, AI generated image

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

AYTONXR.COM updated web site

 I've recently improved & updated the web site, where I've posted my recent XR (VR & AR) work. This features ConstellationXR, the large-scale AR piece I'm premiering at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria in early September. It will be in the large open-air section of Postcity in Linz, where most of the Ars Electronica exhibits (called "gardens") will be located, I believe. Thanks go to Robert LiKamWa and ASU's Meteor Studio (where I'm Visiting Artist) for their support with this piece. web site home page

Monday, August 07, 2023

ConstellationXR at Ars Electronica 2023

 I'll be showing the large-scale AR installation, ConstellationXR at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria in September. This is the premiere of an intended networked worldwide piece dealing with Hope, Empathy, Awe & Love (HEAL). If you happen to be attending, please come along & say hi. Here are a couple of screenshots of the VR version (in Unity):

ConstellationXR, 2023

ConstellationXR, 2023

Sunday, July 09, 2023

3 Views of a Winged Head

 Returning to another old theme, the mythological winged head (Morpheus, Hypnos), partly inspired by the work of Belgian symbolist painter, Fernand Khnopff. 3 views of the same head.

3 views of a Winged Head, Blender, 2023

3 views of a Winged Head, Blender, 2023

The Acolyte (digital sculpture)

 It's been a while since I've posted here--between the Pandemic & being busy teaching...but here's a little digital sculpture I just made in Blender, a robed figure. It's a theme I've used before, but I think I found something new in there.

The Acolyte, 2023, sculpted in Blender

The Acolyte, 2023, sculpted in Blender

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Forgotten Idol of Tomorrow

 I just took this new one up to the Limner Gallery in Hudson NY for the upcoming "Show of Heads". I believe it's currently displayed in the window. It came out well, it kind of has an amber glow about it, which offsets the post-apocalyptic subject matter a little. I took this photo outdoors, on the back deck by the kitchen window, trivia fans.

Forgotten Idol of Tomorrow, 2021, acrylic on panel, 14" x 11"

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Occimore / Sette Occhi

Interestingly, I've had two paintings published on book covers recently (in the last year or so, but Covid has slowed things down, so I only recently received them). Both paintings were from the same series, created in 2019 (called the Revelations series). Both authors are young, one is French-Lebanese (Paul Rizk), the other is Italian (Enzo Ciruolo), so, both basically European. Even the names of the books are slightly similar, "Sette Occhi" & "Occimore", though they are in different languages & have different meanings. Life is full of coincidences...

Occimore by Paul Rizk & Sette Occhi by Enzo Ciruolo

Occimore is published by Editions Glyphe in Paris, France.
Sette Occhi is published by 0111 Edizioni in Cocquio-Trevisago, Lombardy, Italy.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Collapsing Edifice of a Dream

 Another one of my more intricate drawings, done today, using soluble carbon instead of ink. In some ways it's a bit easier to use. 

The Collapsing Edifice of a Dream, 2021, soluble carbon on paper, 17" x 11"

Sunday, August 22, 2021

The Non-Human

 This is a little head I sculpted today in Blender. It's quite a simple artwork. However I was experimenting with lighting & textures, which gave the piece a lot more depth & interest than just the bare sculpture. These are various versions of the piece...the red one was more post-processed than the others.

The sculpture without texturing