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by GymDreams
Gladiators wrestling in the arena. Paintings with Midjourney
Gladiators wrestling in the arena. Paintings with Midjourney

When you watch a wrestling match, sometime it‘s hard to tell if the men were fighting or hugging. I observe this in wrestling events, on TV, but also experience this first hand. I don’t know if you‘ve ever dated a guy who asked if you’d like to wrestle, I sure have had plenty of them. I always thought that it’s silly but I admit that I enjoyed it every time — this particular duality between violence vs romance is so blurred, but quite possibly also why I liked it so much. I never understood why I’m so drawn to it, and but I found that I gained a better understanding of it after exploring it visually.

These are some of my earliest works of men using AI. In the beginning, I made many paintings featuring gladiators fighting at the beach. I posted those works to DeviantArt, and a few wrestlers on DA commented how much they love those works, and asked if I would be open to making some for wrestling. For proper research, they have also sent me a few recommendations for studios with the best matches. I thought that it’s worth giving a try since it’s a subject matter that I can relate to.

There are three main sets posted here.

  • Illustrations: finer articulation of lines, of gladiators wrestling at the beach
  • Paintings: more epic and painterly expression, of gladiators wrestling at the Colosseum
  • Contemporary Paintings: fierce colors showing the energy of men wrestling

There’s a bit of romance in wrestling — it’s hand-to-hand combat without weapons. It’s violent but not deadly. It’s a pure show of strength yet the most muscled and strongest men do not always win because agility and flexibility play a huge role in this form of combat.

Text prompts in Midjourney, with selected artists.

P.S. I’ve been working on some fairly complex projects at the moment that‘s taking quite a bit of time. For a few of them, they have been going on for more than two months now. I don’t want to rush them because I know that I would regret it if I don’t perfect them. In the meantime, I will be posting some smaller works, or works that I haven’t published before.

Image Set 1: Roman Gladiators wrestling at the Beach

Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney

Image Set 2: Roman Gladiators wrestling at the Colosseum

Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney

Image Set 3: Men wrestling - Contemporary Paintings

Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney
Roman Gladiators wrestling at the beach. Paintings with Midjourney