A list of thousands of artists, including notable comic book artists, has surfaced online that are part of a database used to train the Midjourney AI.
Jon Lam, a senior storyboard artist at Riot Games, who also worked on Invincible, X-Men, and more, posted a link to a document featuring thousands of artists’ names.
The names can be found on the Internet Archive.
Lam also encourages fans to contact their favorite artists that are listed and for the artists to send complaints to the Saveri Lawfirm.
Who is on the list?
Doing a quick search reveals comic book artists including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr., Brian Bolland, Will Eisner, Esad Ribic, and Eric Larsen.
Famous artists also include Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Frank Frazetta, Drew Sturzan, Gerhard Richter, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac, Norman Rockwell, Paul Cézanne, Banksy, Walt Disney, and Vincent van Gogh.
The list also includes illustrators for companies like Hasbro and Nintendo and artists who contributed art to Magic the Gathering, including Hyan Tran, a six-year-old child.
What is Midjourney AI?
Via the official website, “Midjourney is an independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species. We are a small self-funded team focused on design, human infrastructure, and AI. We have 11 full-time staff and an incredible set of advisors.”
Users who pay a subscription fee can use Midjourney on Discord to create images using various prompts and can even reference existing images and styles.