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Yoda, explaining art styles by example

  • Update Oct 9th: added Zen
  • Update Oct 10th: added Graffiti
  • Update Oct 11th: added Glitch art (thx to AntonR)
  • Update Oct 12th: added Mosaic
  • Update Oct 21st: added Cyberpunk
  • Update Oct 24th: added Precisionist
  • Update Oct 30th: added Pixel-Art


This article gives an overview of art styles (more precisely: painting styles), based upon computer-generated images.
It demonstrates a few capabilities of current AI-based generation systems, namely:


For reasons only understood by some dark force, I decided to use the popular Yoda figure as the recurring subject.

In case you want to

  • see more Yoda images, please refer to my ART-ificial Yoda gallery, showing fictional and generated Yoda portraits by different artists, sorted by painters' age.
  • read more about art styles with real paintings, see

And now, without further ado, let's dive into art styles. As I got completely overwhelmed by the vast number of different styles I encountered when I started researching for this post, I decided to sort them alphabetically, instead of historically.

Art Styles

Abstract Art

Abstract art does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a real entity, but instead uses shapes, colours and forms.

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abstract yoda Abstract Yoda

Acacemic Art

Academic art is a style of painting created under the influence of European academies of art, especially the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. It combines influences of Neoclassicism and Romanticism.

Academic Art


African art describes the modern and historical paintings from native or indigenous Africans.

Craiyon DALL.E
Yoda in African style (craiyon) Yoda in modern African art


Watercolor, also aquarelle is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution, and the canvas is often wetted to make the colours slightly disperse into each other.

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Aquarel Aquarelle Yoda

Art Deco

Art Deco is a style of visual arts that first appeared in France in the 1910s just before World War I.
Art Deco combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials.
Art Deco

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and the decorative arts. The style is known by different names in different languages: Jugendstil in German, Stile Liberty in Italian, Modernisme in Catalan, and also known as the Modern Style in English. Art Nouveau was popular during the Belle Époque period that ended with the start of World War I in 1914

Art nouveau


The avant-garde is a style that is experimental, radical, or unorthodox with respect to art, culture, or society.



The Staatliches Bauhaus (German for 'building house'), was a German art school operational between 1919 and 1933, that combined crafts with fine arts. The school became famous for its approach to design, which attempted to unify the principles of mass production with individual artistic vision.

Bauhaus Yoda


The Baroque is a style of painting and other art forms that flourished in Europe from the early 17th century until the 1740s. It continued until the first decade of the 19th century. It followed Renaissance art and Mannerism and preceded the Rococo (in the past often referred to as "late Baroque") and Neoclassical styles.

Baroque Yoda

Colour field

Color field painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City from the 1940s. Inspired by European modernism, related to abstract expressionism, many of its proponents were among the abstract expressionists. Color field is characterized by large fields of color spread across the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane.

Color field Yoda


Comic is an art style used to express ideas with images combined with text.

Comic Yoda

Comic Yoda with Donald Duck

Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world.
(quoted from Wikipedia)

Contemporary Yoda


Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction, often in dystopian futuristic setting.

cyberpunk Yoda


Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, starting in Zürich, Switzerland. New York Dada began 1915, and after 1920 Dada flourished in Paris. Dada artists expressed nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works.

Dadaism Yoda


Etching traditionally was the process of using acid to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design incised in the metal.

Etching Yoda


Expressionism is a art movement that originated in Northern Europe around the beginning of the 20th century. It presents the world from a subjective perspective, distorting to create emotional effect.



Fauvism is the style of a group of early 20th-century artists whose works favoured strong color over the realistic values used by Impressionism.


Folk art

Folk art covers visual art made in the context of folk culture. Objects shown have practical utility, rather than being only decorative.

Folk art


Futurism (Italian: Futurismo) was an artistic movement from Italy in the early 20th century. It showed dynamism, speed, technology, youth, violence, and modern objects such as the car, the airplane, and other industrial products.

Futurism Yoda


Glitch art uses digital or analog errors for art purposes by either corrupting digital data or manipulating electronic devices.

Glitch art Yoda


Graffiti is art that is painted or drawn on a walls or other surfaces, often without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times.

See also street art
Graffiti Yoda


Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement using relatively small brush strokes and emphasis on accurate depiction of light.

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Impressionist Yoda Impressionism

Islamic art

Islamic art has been characterized by the absence of figures and extensive use of calligraphic, geometric and abstract floral patterns.

islamic art Yoda


Japonism, also often referred to by the French term, japonisme, refers to the incorporation of either iconography or concepts of Japanese art into European art and design.

Japonism Yoda

Cubism (or Kubism)

Cubism is an early-20th-century art movement that revolutionized European painting. In Cubist artwork, objects are broken up and reassembled in an highly abstracted form.

Kubistic Yoda

Modern Art

Modern art includes work produced during the period from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the styles and philosophies of the art created during that era.

Modern Art Yoda

Mosaic Art

A mosaic is an image made of small regular or irregular pieces of colored stone, glass or ceramic.

Mosaic Yoda

Naive Art

Naïve art is usually defined as visual art that is created by a person who lacks formal education and training.

Naive Yoda

Neoclassicism (Neo-classicism)

Neoclassicism was a cultural movement that drew inspiration from the art and culture of classical antiquity. European Neoclassicism in the visual arts began approx. 1760 in opposition to the then-dominant Rococo style.

Neoclassical Yoda


Neo-Impressionism is a term coined by French art critic Félix Fénéon in 1886 to describe an art style founded by Georges Seurat. Neo-Impressionists painted modern urban scenes as well as landscapes and seashores.

Neo-Impressionistic Yoda

Neon Art

A somewhat self-explanatory art form.

Neon Art Yoda


Maybe this is no official art style - as only very few people (I only know of La Linea) painted in it...

One-Line Yoda La Linea Yoda

Pencil drawing

A pencil drawing is, surprise surprice, a drawing made with a pencil. The lines are therefore of graphite colour.

Pencil Yoda

Pixel Art

Pixel art is adigital art drawn where images are created using rectangular blocks of colour (aka pixels) as the only building block.

Pixel art Yoda


Pointillism is a painting technique in which dots of color are used in patterns to form an image.

Pointilistic Yoda

Pop Art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s, challenging the traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, like advertising, comic books and mass-produced objects.

Pop-Art Yoda

Postmodern Art

Postmodern art is an art movement that seeks to contradict some aspects of modernism.

Postmodern Yoda


Precisionist artworks often contain unexpected viewpoints and angles.

Precisionist Yoda


Renaissance art (1350 - 1620) is the painting, sculpture, and decorative style of the period of European history, which emerged as a distinct style in Italy.
Famous Renaissance painters were Albrecht Dürer and Jan van Eyck.

Renaissance Yoda


Rococo (approx 1730) is an exceptionally ornamental style of art and decoration which combines asymmetry, scrolling curves, gilding, white and pastel colours, sculpted moulding, and frescoes to create the illusion of motion and drama.

Rococo Yoda


Romanticism (also known Romantic era) was an artistic movement that originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century. Romanticism idealized nature and the past, and was suspicious of science and industrialization.

Romantic Yoda


Sketchnoting, also referred to as visual notetaking, is the creative and highly graphic process through which someone can record thoughts by using illustrations, symbols, structures, and texts.

Sketchnote Yoda

Soviet Art

Soviet art is a visual style that came up after the October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Soviet Russia (1917—1922) and the Soviet Union (1922—1991).

Soviet Art

Street Art

Street art is visual art created in public locations for open visibility.
Alternative terms are "post-graffiti", "neo-graffiti" and "guerrilla art".

Street Art


Stuckism is an international art movement founded in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson to promote figurative painting instead of conceptual art.



Surrealism is a cultural movement that developed in Europe after World War I in which artists showed illogical scenes.

Surrelistic Yoda


Symbolism was a late 19th-century art movement of French and Belgian origin seeking to represent absolute truths symbolically through language and metaphorical images.

Symbolism Yoda


Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art famous from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists often produced of subjects like female beauties, sumo wrestlers or scenes from history ,travel, landscapes or flora and fauna.
The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates as "picture of the floating world".
(Quoted from Wikipedia)



Vaporwave is emerged in the early 2010s, defined partly by slowed-down, chopped and screwed samples of smooth jazz, elevator, R&B, and lounge music from the 1980s and 1990s. Vaporwave paintings incorporate early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art, anime, 3D-rendered objects and others.

Vaporwave Yoda


Zen art is known for elegant simplicity, often in black ink on white paper or silk.

Zen Yoda


Copyrights on these images

The platforms used to generate these images handle copyright in slightly different manner.

Please let me make the following explicit: I did never upload, modify or otherwise use any official image of YODA, as these might or will be copyrighted and trademarked by Disney Inc. and George Lucas as the inventor and creator of the YODA character.

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Concerning Midjourney copyrights

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These exceptions are unpaid members and large cooperations.


  • Thanx to Simon for the improved version of the vaporwave Yoda.
  • Thanx to Anton R. for pointing me to Glitch art.

Top comments (2)

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George K.

:)))) This is awesome! Much fun to read!

Vaporwave... didn't even know this exists :)

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Dr. Gernot Starke

thanx George!