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12 AI Art Types You Can Create & Sell Using Midjourney and DALL-E 3

If you're going to use Midjourney or DALL-E 3, might as well make your money's worth! In this article, I'll be listing 12 art types that you can easily create and sell with these AI image generators.
Updated November 30, 2023
a painter cyborg in the middle of a money rain, generated with Midjourney
a painter cyborg in the middle of a money rain, generated with Midjourney

ChatGPT may be the single most disruptive piece of tech in recent years, but I’d argue that AI image generators are more controversial.

Midjourney and DALL-E 3 brought something to the art world that was never thought to be possible: it evened the playing field. Now, everyone has the power to create eye-catching artwork in just a few seconds.

Does that make us artists? I’d say no. But it does present us with an opportunity to become entrepreneurs.

In this article, I’ll be listing 12 art types that you can create with Midjourney and DALL-E, what’s their market potential, what keywords should you use, and some examples of each.

The Most In-Demand AI Art Types Today

For each art type, I’ll be listing the market potential and some keywords to help you achieve your desired style, but you don’t have to use all of them. So, feel free to play around with them and experiment!

Product Mockups

Market Potential: There’s a high market potential in this segment. Mockups are in high demand by businesses of all sizes, as they help visualize products before they’re manufactured. Midjourney and DALL-E 3 mockups can assist businesses in terms of ideation and marketing.

Best Keywords: photorealistic, studio light, product photography, commercial photography, product photo, product mockup, soft background, dreamy, bold, minimal, light [color]

Landscape Art

Market Potential: Your customers in this segment are mostly home decor, commercial spaces, and publications. There’s also potential in using AI-generated landscape artwork and photography for stock images.

Best Keywords: landscape, atmosphere, expressive, autumn, winter, spring, summer, disposable camera, oil painting, thomas kincade, golden hour, sunset, sunrise, dusk, (for Midjourney only) --ar 16:9

Pattern Designs

Market Potential: The applications of pattern design are limitless. Patterns could be used in home decor, fashion, and even stationeries. 

Best Keywords: kimono sewing pattern, topographic lines, brocade, quartz, psychedelic, wave pattern, anime key visual, bauhaus, baroque, spirals, seamless pattern, (for Midjourney only) --tile

Character Designs

Market Potential: It’s hard to break into the industry because they’re more likely to use human artists, but there’s high potential if you manage to get loyal customers. Hobbyists, game designers, and animators are always in the lookout for amazing character design.

Best Keywords: character design, dnd, fantasy, sci-fi, film still, close-up, portrait, backlighting, [character profession or class], [character race], (for Midjourney only) Try using your favorite series or movie as a reference

Postcards

Market Potential: The market for postcards is not as large as it once was, but there is still a niche market for unique and creative postcard designs. This would be a great side hustle when the holidays start.

Best Keywords: postcard design, christmas, holiday, halloween, easter, festive, winter, valentines day, beatrix potter, children’s book illustration, (for Halloween postcards) tarot card, spooky, lithography, (for Midjourney only) --ar 3:4

Pixel Art

Market Potential: Pixel art is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, thanks to its retro charm and nostalgic appeal. Your best bet if you’re planning to sell pixel art are game and graphic designers.

Best Keywords: 8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, 32-bit, pixel art, sprites, detailed, game design, bitmap, snes, sega, gameboy color, gamecube, ps1, atari, retro arcade

Pop Art

Market Potential: This is great if you want to focus on home decor, particularly wall portraits. It’s popular with bauhaus and postmodern apartments, which is experiencing a resurgence right now after years of minimalist dominance.

Best Keywords: collage, pop art, art nouveau, funny pop, bauhaus, andy warhol, roy lichtenstein, robert rauschenberg

Fashion Designs

Market Potential: This is another high potential market. Fashion designers and personalities are always looking for innovative ways to create clothing, and AI is a quick and easy way to generate creative designs without using manpower.

Best Keywords: streetwear, techwear, afro-futurism, ivy league, preppy, athleisure, old rich, haute couture, americana, tailored, denim, new york, scandinavian, korean, ootd, side lighting, warm lighting, cinematic lighting, studio light

T-Shirt Design Art

Market Potential: Graphic tees are never going out of style. Midjourney and DALL-E can be used to create unique and eye-catching designs.

Best Keywords: digital illustration, vector art, t-shirt design graphic, flat, contour, clean background

Sticker Art

Market Potential: High potential. Stickers are a staple of the art community, being cute ways to decorate and personalize items. With Midjourney and DALL-E, sticker designs become accessible to everyone. 

Best Keywords: stickers, cartoon, character composition, graphic novel style, illustration, detailed, flat texture, die cut sticker, vinyl sticker, candycore, pop art style, vintage retro

Storyboarding & Concept Art

Market Potential: Storyboarding and concept art are important tools for filmmakers, animators, and game developers. It’s a time-consuming task but, with Midjourney and DALL-E, filmmakers can now visualize their ideas using only their words.

Best Keywords: film still, cinematography, storyboard sketch, cinematic shot, wide angle lens, gritty, neo-noir, symmetrical, natural lighting, animated, (for conversations) two-shot, 8k, [genre], [director names], (for Midjourney only) --ar 16:9

Architecture & Interior Design

Market Potential: AI art generators can be used to quickly generate visual representations of design concepts based on textual descriptions. This can help architects and designers in conveying their ideas to clients and collaborators.

Best Keywords: art deco, bauhaus, scandinavian, loft, studio lighting, bohemian, noisy, hollywood regency, midcentury, chic, dorm room, minimalist, maximalist, brutalist, industrial, eco-friendly, urban, rural

The Bottom Line

There’s no stopping AI art, so might as well ride the wave. 

Like I said earlier, experiment. The prompt keywords I listed here can certainly help, but they’re not the “be-all and end-all” of making AI art pop. It’s you that people will gravitate to — your personality and creativity should be highlighted in your prompts, and your sales will reflect that.

Oh, and one more thing: be honest. Your products are from AI and you shouldn’t shy away from that. People are getting better at identifying AI art, so being dishonest about where you get your work from can lead to loss of customers. Most of the time, people don’t care as long as it’s amazing art — so don’t lie about it.

So, there you have it. All that’s left to do now is boot up Midjourney or DALL-E 3 and start creating. Have fun!

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Written by John Angelo Yap
Hi, I'm Angelo. I'm currently an undergraduate student studying Software Engineering. Now, you might be wondering, what is a computer science student doing writing for Gold Penguin? I took up studying computer science because it was practical and because I was good at it. But, if I had the chance, I'd be writing for a career. Building worlds and adjectivizing nouns for no other reason other than they sound good. And that's why I'm here.
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