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  • Writer's pictureDanny McKeever

Level Up Your Dungeons & Dragons Game with Midjourney: Create Your Own Stunning Fantasy Art

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons is a beloved fantasy role-playing game that has captured the imaginations of players around the world for decades. One of the most iconic aspects of the game is its art, which has helped to define the look and feel of the Dungeons & Dragons universe. However, for many people, creating art like the famous Dungeons & Dragons artists is a daunting task. That's where Midjourney comes in - a platform that allows non-artists to create their own art with ease.


Midjourney is a web-based tool that lets anyone create their own fantasy art using a variety of templates and design elements. The platform is easy to use, even for those who have no prior experience with art or design. It's a great way for Dungeons & Dragons players to create custom characters, landscapes, and creatures that fit perfectly into their games.


General Structure of a Midjourney Prompts:


  • Beginner: /imagine [insert image description], [style or artist]

  • Intermediate: /imagine [camera angle], [insert description], [style or artist], --[aspect ratio, quality]

  • Advanced: /imagine [url], [camera angle], [insert description], [style or artist], --[aspect ratio, quality], [seed]

  • Expert: /imagine [url1], [url2], [url3], [prefix or trigger], [insert description], [style or artist]::1, [camera angel] [additional description], [style or artist]::1, [camera angle], [additional description], [style or artist]::2-- [aspect ratio, quality], [seed]


To see how Midjourney compares to the original art created by Dungeons & Dragons artists, let's take a look at some examples.


Larry Elmore is one of the most iconic Dungeons & Dragons artists, known for his realistic and detailed artwork. His illustrations of heroes and dragons have become iconic images of the game. Here's an example of one of his most famous pieces of art:


Larry Elmore's "Red Dragon"

--Credit, Wizards of the Coast and Larry Elmore--


Now, let's compare that to a piece of art created using Midjourney:




--Midjourney: /imagine large red dragon, in the style of Larry Elmore, dungeons and dragons--


As you can see, the Midjourney art is a close approximation of Elmore's original artwork. It captures the same sense of scale and detail, and the dragon looks just as menacing. Of course, the Midjourney art isn't an exact copy - it has its own unique style and character. But it's still a great example of how Midjourney can be used to create impressive and high-quality art, even for those who have no prior experience with art or design.


Another famous Dungeons & Dragons artist is Jeff Easley. Easley is known for his dynamic, action-packed illustrations of fantasy characters, landscapes, and monsters. Here's an example of one of his most famous pieces of art:


Jeff Easley's "Copper Dragon"

--Credit, Wizards of the Coast and Jeff Easley--


Now, let's compare that to a piece of art created using Midjourney.



--Midjourney: /imagine copper dragon, flying with pegasus, blue sky with clouds, in the style of jeff easly, wideshot, dungeons and dragons--


--Midjourney: /imagine copper dragon, breathing fire, blue sky with clouds, in the style of jeff easly, fullbody, dungeons and dragons--


Once again, the Midjourney art is a good approximation of Easley's original artwork. The dragon has the same sense of energy and motion, and the landscape is just as detailed and evocative. However when I asked it to include pegasi into the artwork, Midjourney tried to combine the two. Again, the Midjourney art has its own unique style and character, but it's still an impressive example of what can be achieved with the platform.


The last artist is Todd Lockwood. Todd is another famous Dungeons & Dragons artist who has created some of the game's most iconic pieces of art. Lockwood is known for his realistic and detailed illustrations of dragons and other mythical creatures. Here's an example of one of his most famous pieces of art:


Image of Todd Lockwood's "Gold Dragon"


--Credit, Wizards of the Coast and Todd Lockwood--


Now, let's compare that to a piece of art created using Midjourney:



--Midjourney: /imagine a head on flying gold dragon, with a dragon rider, high above the mountains, full body, in the style of Todd Lockwood--


Once again, the Midjourney art is a great approximation of Lockwood's original artwork. The dragon has the same sense of regality and power, however it struggles with hands and faces. The Midjourney art has its own unique style and character, but it still captures the essence of Lockwood's original piece.


By using Midjourney, Dungeons & Dragons players can create art that rivals the work of famous D&D artists like Elmore, Easley, and Lockwood. With its easy-to-use platform and wide variety of templates and design elements, Midjourney makes it possible for anyone to create stunning, original art for their games. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer to the game, Midjourney is a powerful tool that can take your Dungeons & Dragons experience to the next level.


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