Update: 23 April 2021 – Berghammer’s generator is back online at this new domain.
The portrait generator is free to use, and there’s a gallery of thousands of fantasy faces to browse and download from.
Berghammer asserts that computer-generated images cannot be copyrighted by the programmers and so are being given CC0 licences. That means you can use them in commercial Twitch streams or even books you sell on DrivethruRPG or the DMs Guild.
The AI, as you’d expect, isn’t perfect. The training data appears to have been mainly white faces, and so the output is also primarily white. Fresh data will help the system address this. Also, the AI seems to struggle with ears. Is it an elf ear or a leaf in the character’s hair? If you look hard enough, you’ll find portraits with three ears as a result.
However, for a proof of concept and an academic project, Andreas Berghammer’ fantasy character portrait generator is incredibly impressive.
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