A friend recently mentioned how he is feeding fantasy descriptions to DALL•E and showed me some incredible examples. I’m currently re-reading Lord of the Rings so I decided to give it a try and now I’m hooked and going to do it as often as possible.

Here is the prompt I’m using and a text-accurate image of Tom Bombadil…

Please generate images of the description below from a fantasy novel.

Create one image in each of the following styles:

  1. Surrealistic Photorealism: Combining hyper-realistic details with surreal elements to create a dreamlike yet sharply detailed image.
  2. Gothic or Dark Romanticism: Emphasizing darker, more mysterious elements of the prose, with a focus on emotion, nature, and the macabre.
  3. Magical Realism: Blending realistic and fantastical elements in a way that treats the extraordinary as everyday, enhancing the mystical aspects of the prose.
Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides