Don't look, don't look, don't look...

Don't look, don't look, don't look...

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I saw this candy-coloured nightmare stew on Instagram and haven't slept since. It's the unforgivable work of Birmingham-based illustrator, James Bourne, and the worst bit is he's not even sorry.

"I'm currently finishing my MA in Illustration and am illustrating a story I've written called Wood for the Trees. It's about a group of creatures including RoboCop, Jerry (from Tom and Jerry), Jabba the Hutt and Pinocchio struggling to adapt to the changes of the forest they live in after a storm." So far, so very ordinary.

"It's a take on negative attitudes towards diversity. I'm hoping that it will inspire a bit of reflection from those who see it."

"Anyway, as the story progresses the characters become so fixated on the tree colours, gender and what each other are up to that they don't see the real threat to their lives which is robots (or AI).

"This is where the heads come in. They are created using Midjourney which is an AI image software that allows the user to blend images together. I blend photos of kitsch items and faces then ask the software to put them into a particular composition with specific lighting, camera lens and colour schemes. Most of the imagery I've been creating recently comes from eBay and photographs of my old toys.

"The heads are a fun way of exploring what Midjourney can do for the AI apocalypse that takes place in my story — which isn't yet finished. I'm having a lot of fun making them," he says looking me dead in the eye, without cracking a hint of a smile "and look, I've made a Brummie one especially for your readers."

Don't look at it, don't look at it, don't look at it...