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DALL-E Styles Reference with Prompts & Examples

Are you looking for an overview of DALL-E 2 styles?

If you’ve used other AI art generators before then you may have come across some of their elaborate style references that help you figure out how to get the results you want.

In this guide, we’ll show you some of the most common DALL-E styles that we’ve seen in action.

Let’s dive right in.

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Overview of DALL-E Styles by Category

Some of the artwork coming out of AI image generators is downright mind-blowing.

It makes you wonder whether we are all going to end up becoming artists that use AI.

But in reality, while AI does most of the heavy lifting, the very best images still require a lot of skill to create them.

You see, writing a prompt may sound easy, but the amount of work that goes into creating these masterpieces is much greater than you think.

Describing a scene or a detailed object already requires a lot more imagination and creativity than the average person has.

But things get really challenging if you need an image to have a very specific style or mood.

DALL-E styles aren’t fundamentally different from the art styles of other AI image generators since their training data usually covers the same range of artwork.

However, since every model also uses slightly different algorithms, a particular style may still look different in DALL-E than in, for example, Midjourney.

To get a better idea of what to expect from some of the most popular DALL-E styles, check out the 3 categories below:

  • Famous Artist Styles
  • Art Styles
  • Futuristic & Surreal Styles
Key Points (tl;dr)
  • The best AI image generators, including DALL-E 2, are capable of reproducing almost any kind of art style known to man, including famous artists.
  • Most people lack imagination and creativity, which is why style references have become so popular ever since AI art came to prominence.
  • One of the most comprehensive databases of artist styles is a community-driven project that contains over 2,000 artist styles.

Famous Artist Styles

One of the most amazing aspects of AI art is the fact that the models are capable of emulating the art styles of some of the most famous artists in history.

Geniuses that have long disappeared from the face of the earth are suddenly brought back to life with entirely new content and ideas.

We are going to take a look at the following examples of DALL-E styles for famous artists:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Salvador Dali
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Claude Monet

If you’re particularly interested in old and contemporary artists, we highly recommend you check out this database of 2,000 artist styles.

It’s community-managed and by far the most comprehensive collection of artist styles we have ever seen.

Although it was specifically created for Midjourney and not all styles may necessarily be available in DALL-E 2, it’s still an incredibly useful resource.

Leonardo da Vinci
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Leonardo da Vinci
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Leonardo da Vinci
A steampunk leonardo da vinci repairing a broken helicopter prototype. Charcoal on parchment, high resolution. The rotors look like hundreds of tiny knives!
Pablo Picasso
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Pablo Picasso
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Pablo Picasso
Cubist picasso like art abstract of faces oil paint with primary colors
Salvador Dali
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Salvador Dali
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Salvador Dali
A portrait of Terminator, painted by Salvador Dalí.
Vincent van Gogh
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Vincent van Gogh
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Vincent van Gogh
a van gogh painting of humanoid robots working on a farm
Claude Monet
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Claude Monet
Examples of DALL-E artist style for Claude Monet
The elfin city of Gondolin, painted by Claude Monet

Art Styles

The good news is that DALL-E styles are not limited to those of famous artists.

In fact, DALL-E knows tons of historical art styles that have had a lasting impact on the cultures of the world.

Below, we’ve selected 5 DALL-E styles that believe to be of particular interest:

  • Bauhaus
  • Baroque
  • Pop Art
  • Impressionism
  • Cubism
Bauhaus
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Bauhaus
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Bauhaus
A Bauhaus style painting of New York Times Square in the early 2000s | 100
Baroque
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Baroque
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Baroque
Baroque painting of three doomed lovers lamenting a broken glass sphere.
Pop Art
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Pop Art
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Pop Art
Pop art, Old woman with a cigarette coming out of her mouth.
Impressionism
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Impressionism
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Impressionism
painting of upper middle class couple walking on the pavement of a busy Parisian boulevard in 19th century clothes, in impressionist style
Cubism
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Cubist Style
Examples of DALL-E art styles for Cubist Style
cubist painting of hockey players fighting on the ice

Futuristic & Surreal Styles

Finally, some of the most popular art styles in the AI art scene are those that reflect futuristic or dystopian themes.

We suspect this is due to the fact that they have their origins in science fiction, gaming, and digital art communities.

That being said, these DALL-E styles produce some of the most fascinating art you’ve ever seen.

For the purpose of this article, we’ve chosen the following 5 styles:

  • Cyberpunk
  • Low Poly
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Steampunk
  • Vaporwave
Cyberpunk
Examples of DALL-E styles for Cyberpunk images.
Examples of DALL-E styles for Cyberpunk images.
A picture of a cyberpunk house in an alley like a slum and people are walking by
Low Poly
Examples of DALL-E styles for Low Poly images.
Examples of DALL-E styles for Low Poly images.
low-poly statue of the head of a cat, with long eyelashes. warm and cool lighting. brutalist, soviet, imposing
Post-Apocalyptic
Examples of DALL-E styles for Post-Apocalyptic images.
Examples of DALL-E styles for Post-Apocalyptic images.
alien vs humans battle, post apocalypse landscape, oil painting, high definition
Steampunk
Examples of DALL-E styles for Steampunk images.
Examples of DALL-E styles for Steampunk images.
A cool steampunk lemon guy with dark sunglasses
Vaporwave
Examples of DALL-E styles for Vaporwave images.
Examples of DALL-E styles for Vaporwave images.
Futuristic car from the 1980's entering a black hole, digital art in the style of vaporwave, trending on artstation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Before we close off this guide, let’s quickly address some of the most common questions related to DALL-E styles.

  • Does DALL-E know all art styles in history?

    DALL-E’s AI model was trained with an incredibly big database of images that likely contain nearly every art style that humans have documented in digital form. That being said, it is possible that DALL-E isn’t aware of every single artist’s distinct style. However, if the artist or movement has gained a critical amount of notoriety, DALL-E will most likely be able to replicate it.

  • Can I use Midjourney styles in DALL-E as well?

    While Midjourney and DALL-E styles are not 100% identical, it’s safe to assume that the same keywords will generate similar outcomes in both AI generators. Most style references can therefore be used for both of them.

  • Can I combine two styles in DALL-E?

    Yes, it’s possible to combine two different styles into the same image, as long as your prompt is properly structured. However, bear in mind that some art styles tend to be more dominant than others and not all styles are easily blended together.

Conclusion

The AI art ecosystem has exploded with useful resources, including lots of comprehensive style references.

That’s why we’ve put together this collection of DALL-E styles to give fans of DALL-E 2 a reference point for their own art experiments.

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