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Portrait of a sneakerhead, Knolling + Obsession Series

by GymDreams
Stable Diffusion with SDXL.

Knolling Series

Knolling is an organizational method in which items are arranged at 90-degree angles, creating a visually pleasing, symmetrical display.

Obsession Series

An intense, often consuming fixation on a particular idea, interest, or endeavor. A relentless pursuit that dominates one’s thoughts and actions, as if compelled by an uncontrollable force.

After posting the Knolling series, I explained to a friend how one of the images in the Nerds variations is practically a self-portrait.

Practically my self-portrait.Hackers / Nerd. Knolling Men Variations. Text promotps with Midjourney v5.
Practically my self-portrait.Hackers / Nerd. Knolling Men Variations. Text promotps with Midjourney v5.

Although the man doesn’t look like me, everything about him — the jeans, the sneakers, the overstuffed computers and camera lenses lying around him, is basically me. If I face-swap the render with my face, all the people I know in real life would instantly recognize that it’s my self portrait.

That got me thinking — what if I actually turned these into portraits?

I have long wanted to portray what someone who love sneakers look like, so that makes for the perfect opportunity. I surround the men with many sneakers, organized neatly in a knolling layout.

As a bonus, I have added an image at the end that features only sneakers. You can see just how nice this arrangement would be for an ad for Nike.

Tech

I was able to keep the style of these knolling renders relatively consistent because I used img2img for them. Img2Img is similar to control nets, but unlike control nets, the style and colors give a lot of influences. The parameters used here won’t look the same as Automatic1111 because I used Replicate for them. The SDXL model on Replicate was published by the Stability team.

Text prompts in Stable Diffusion, SDXL

  • SDXL, K_EULER_ANCESTRAL, 1024x1024
  • Inference steps: 50
  • SDXL Base Model
  • SDXL Base Refiner Model
  • Prompt strength: 0.8
  • Guidance scale: 7.5
  • Post Upscale: Topaz Gigapixel AI HQ 2x, 2048x2048

Image Source

Knolling. Just for fun, with Midjourney.
Knolling. Just for fun, with Midjourney.

Images

Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.
Knolling - Sneakers Obsession. Knolling Men Variations. Stable Diffusion img2img with SDXL.