On a recent trip to Queenstown, New Zealand I came across this cool T-shirt at one of the downtown stores of Global Culture and took a photo of the T-shirt design. I realise now as I write this the image was also available on their website.

I ran the image through Midjourney to see what it would describe this as and I got few prompts suggested. Note that Midjourney version for this post was v6 alpha

I started with the 1st one which seemed to be the easiest one to begin with to see what I’d get. The initial Midjourney prompt I started with was this: a sheep is wearing sunglasses with a beanie, sunglasses have reflection of mountainous vistas, in the style of t-shirt printing, digitally enhanced, blink-and-you-miss-it detail, wildstyle –ar 3:4 –v 6.0

The result I got was okay and let me identify what I was missing. I went with adding more details about specific location and also the image should be more illustrative. So my second attempt was with this Midjourney prompt: an illustration of a sheep wearing sunglasses with a beanie, sunglasses have reflection of mountainous vistas of “the remarkables” from Queenstown New Zealand, in the style of t-shirt printing, digitally enhanced, blink-and-you-miss-it detail, wildstyle –ar 3:4 –v 6.0

The Remarkables is the magnificent mountain range that forms the backdrop south of Queenstown in New Zealand and its beauty give the European Alps a run for their money, in my opinion and its only 3 hours away from Sydney (where I’m based) as opposed to getting to Europe which is 20-24hr journey by air.

Now the mountain range starts to resemble The Remarkables and image produced is illustrative in its look and feel. However because of the “the remarkables” in the quotes it starts to add the text in the above images. If you notice there is something that resembles the text. Also for a t-shirt design to match original I need black background and aviator style sunglasses.

So third Midjourney prompt changes to become: a illustration of a sheep wearing aviator sunglasses with a beanie, sunglasses have reflection of mountainous vistas of the remarkables from Queenstown New Zealand, in the style of t-shirt print, digitally enhanced, blink-and-you-miss-it detail, black background –ar 3:4 –v 6.0

I felt very happy that I managed to reproduce a similar design with Midjourney to the original t-shirt design, only slight variation is the coloured image above vs the mostly black and white original (with neon green frame). I could stop here and do rest of the edit in Photoshop but why not go a little further and get close to the original one. Let’s see what Midjourney can do if I describe more specific details about the desired image, since V6 Alpha supposed to be more language aware and coherent.

Final adjusted Midjourney prompt is: a black and white illustration of a sheep head wearing aviator sunglasses with a beanie, beanie is plain knitted, aviator sunglasses have a neon green frame, sunglasses have reflection of mountainous vistas with view is Queenstown city in New Zealand, in the style of t-shirt print, digitally enhanced, blink-and-you-miss-it detail, black background –ar 3:4 –v 6.0

Pretty happy with the result, even though it feels that some of the aviator style has been lost, even after several re-creations it couldn’t stay consistent with the sunglasses frame or maybe there is a more accurate way to describe this sunglasses style. Anyways, I am quite happy with the results and impressed with the possibilities that this presents to any avid Midjourney user that they can create their own t-shirt design.