Cyberpunk
Cyberpunk art is a dynamic and visually striking genre that emerged from the science fiction literature of the 20th century. It is characterized by its portrayal of a dystopian future where advanced technology coexists with societal decay, often set in gritty urban landscapes illuminated by neon lights. Cyberpunk art explores themes of technology, urbanization, corporate power, and human augmentation, creating a captivating visual aesthetic that merges elements of futurism and noir. With its fusion of high-tech imagery and gritty realism, cyberpunk art captures the imagination and invites viewers to ponder the implications of a hyper-connected yet fragmented world.

Sub – Art Styles

Neo-Noir Cyberpunk, Biopunk, Post-Cyberpunk, Retrofuturism, Tech Noir, Steampunk, Cybergoth, Solarpunk

Keywords to inspire your prompting game:

 

These terms provide creative direction for your prompts, shaping the style and mood of your generated art. Explore a diverse range of elements, from textures to themes, tailored to suit your artistic vision.

 

Textures: Smooth, Impasto, Layering, Gritty, Industrial

Color Dynamics: Rich palette, Luminosity, Transparency, Neon, Contrast

Futuristic urban settings: Futuristic, Urban, Cityscape, Skyscrapers, Neon-lit, Dystopian, Cyberpunk, High-tech, Bustling, Gritty

High-tech elements: High-tech, Cybernetic, Augmented reality, Virtual reality, Advanced technology, Futuristic gadgets, Robotics, Cybernetic implants, Flying vehicles, Holograms

Dystopian atmosphere: Dystopian, Decay, Corruption, Surveillance, Inequality, Pollution, Oppression, Urban decay, Post-apocalyptic, Desolation

Neon lighting: Neon lights, Luminous, Vibrant, Glowing, Illumination, Neon signs, Fluorescent, Electric, Radiant, Futuristic

Techniques:

  • Glazing: Layering translucent colors creates depth and luminosity in cyberpunk cityscapes, enhancing the illusion of neon lights and reflective surfaces.
  • Dry brush: This technique is used to create texture and detail in the gritty urban landscapes, adding depth and realism to the scene.
  • Wet-on-wet: Blending wet paint directly on the canvas allows for smooth transitions and atmospheric effects, ideal for capturing the haze and pollution of a cyberpunk city.

Famous Artists:

  • Syd Mead (Blade Runner)
  • Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell)
  • Shusei Nagaoka (Album cover art for Electric Light Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire)

Related Art Movements:

  • Futurism: An early 20th-century art movement that celebrated technology, speed, and modernity, influencing the visual aesthetics of cyberpunk art.
  • Noir: A film and literary genre characterized by its dark, moody atmosphere and themes of crime and corruption, often reflected in the gritty urban settings of cyberpunk art.

The following are examples showcasing the outputs you may generate using popular generative AI art models:

Midjourney

/imagine prompt: cyberpunk

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v 5.2

v 5.1

v 5

niji 6

niji 5

Basic Prompt Formula

[Type of Art: Cyberpunk-themed Illustration]+ [Subject] + [Style/Composition: Dynamic Cityscape]+ [Emotion/Narrative: Futuristic Adventure]+ [Colors/Textures: Neon-lit Grit]+ [Branding/Audience: Science Fiction Enthusiasts/Book Cover Illustration]

Example:

Cyberpunk illustration of a person in NYC talking to a holographic person on the side of the street, futuristic adventure, confusion, dark movie scene --ar 3:2 --v 6.0

Stable Diffusion

SDXL

"cyberpunk"

SDXL Turbo

"cyberpunk"

DALL·E 3

"cyberpunk"

ImageFX

"cyberpunk"

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