Our AI overlords could deploy an army of whimsical chimeras. At least that̵
Why would Google do such a thing? According to the company’s AI blog (which is human-written), a tool like Chimera Painter could shorten the time it takes to create high-quality art or game items “without sacrificing artistic choices.”
To prove the potential of an AI monster generator, Google’s Stadia team created a monster card game featuring creatures exported from Chimera Painter. It’s an engaging experiment that shows how AI can help accelerate creative projects or game design. Tools such as Chimera Painter can also inspire visual artists during a ‘sketching phase’ or produce substitutes for game developers.
But how does Chimera Painter turn doodles into monsters? Google trained its AI to understand a 2D ‘outline of creatures’, where different colors represent a monster’s head, legs, back, teeth, and other body parts. Interestingly, most of this training took place in Unreal Engine with 3D models. After designing a cool model and applying fantasy lighting effects, Google cut the model into segments so the AI could understand how each body part works together to create a full-blown monster.
The Chimera Painter trained demo is free to use, and it can be a lot of fun for kids. That said, it is difficult to use the design tools in the browser, and so Google allows you to “load” artwork created in programs such as Photoshop. If you’re interested in AI image generators, you should also check out NVIDIA’s landscape GAN or IBM’s AI-powered building designer.
Source: Google via TechCrunch