Wednesday, March 27, 2024

For those who are about to rock...


I like the concept of old Rockers in rockers. It isn't that far from the truth. I see bands from the 80s playing at local Native American Casinos all the time and the only thing a little more disturbing than aged rockers shuffling across the stage are the fans who come to watch them (or fall asleep at their concerts).

I think it is fair for me to poke fun at old rockers since I've crept into that geriatric phase myself. Not that I ever was a Rocker. I pointed out in my last post that I couldn't get my hair to do the 80s spike like Corey Hart, so I couldn't have sported the heavy metal band look either. 

The closest I came to having rocker hair was when I made the error in judgement to sport a ponytail in the 90s. It was not a proud time in my life. I looked a bit like a non-buff Steven Seagal. 

Fortunately that phase of my life passed. And now that I am well into my 60s, I avoid things like long hair, pony tails and ear rings. I have one tattoo, but that was done in my 40s and I've always enjoyed it. My one concession to non-conformity now is my beard. I sported a goatee for years and it has only been recently that I let it grow into a full blown beard. And I have to say I like it. For one whereas the goatee drew attention to my double chin, my full beard does a great job of covering it up.

And I like to think my beard makes me look like a pirate, Viking or medieval lord. Though I did get mistaken for Santa Claus when I was walking my dog with my teen aged son a couple of months ago. We passed a group of what appeared to be middle school aged girls. They kept saying hi to me as we walked by and tried to get me to holler "Merry Christmas."  That's when it dawned on me they thought I looked like Santa Claus. That's the drawback of having white hair and a white beard (not to mention a bit of a belly).

But I digress.

The Rockers design is a perfect example of some of the challenges of working with Art AI. I kept telling the app to include four aged Rockers sitting in rocking chairs. I also specified that one would have a microphone, one an electric guitar, one a bass and one drumsticks.  Art AI would give me one image of Rockers in rocking chairs and then spit out three others of them standing or two standing and two sitting. If this had been a true Creative Director giving direction to an Art Director, I would have fired the Art Director for trying to mess with my design direction. Because my point was that these were Rockers in rockers.

Next up during the day was an idea I had for Hannibal Lector to be riding a War elephants like Hannibal the Carthaginian military commander marching an army across the Alps into Italy in 218 BC. I thought it would be funny to see Hannibal Lecter in a straitjacket and muzzle on the elephant leading an army.

Art AI apparently had difficulty with the concept of Hannibal Lector being from our time but leading and army in 218 BC. It kept dressing Hannibal like the original Hannibal and didn't seem to get the concept of straitjacket or muzzle like the one Hannibal Lecter wore in Silence of the Lambs. I finally had to ask for an image of Hannibal Lecter in a straitjacket and muzzle. When I finally got one that looked like the movie Hannibal Lecter, I had to do a lot of Photoshop work to get him on a war elephant leading an army.

It turned out okay. The quote at the bottom is an actual Hannibal Lecter quote from the movie. It seemed to fit Hannibal crossing the Alps to invade Italy pretty well. But this concept is probably a bit too esoteric for the average t-shirt wearer. So I am guessing it won't be a best seller.

Oh well. Rock on!

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